Black Lives Matter Protests
We express our solidarity with black communities protesting systemic racism. The deaths of Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and George Floyd and the beating of Sha'Teina Grady El in our own community in recent months remind us that we must continue to challenge systemic forces of oppression and that intersectional feminism is necessary to create a more just world. Our national organization, the National Women's Studies Association, has issued a moving statement addressing police violence against black people. Treva Lindsey and Brittney Cooper have each provided important analysis of the gendered nature of our national response to police violence.
In order to address travel restrictions related to the COVID19 pandemic, we are offering students enrolled in our MA program who cannot be in Ypsilanti during the fall 2020 semester a real time virtual option in the following courses: WGST 500: Mentoring Youth in Urban Spaces, WGST 528: Gender, Technology, and Pop Culture, WGST 550: Feminist Thought, and WGST 580: Feminist Acts and Activism. This option allows students remote synchronous participation in face-to-face courses. More information about our MA and graduate certificate are available here.
Our History and Mission
The Women's and Gender Studies Department has a proud history and a prominent place on the Eastern Michigan University campus. Initiated in 1975, the department has grown from its roots offering the first minor in Women's Studies in the State of Michigan, to a well-respected and vibrant department boasting an undergraduate major and minor, and the state's only stand- alone Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies. In 2003, the Women's Studies Program added "Gender" to its name, and launched a minor in Queer Studies in 2013.
Our programs attract students - regionally, nationally, and internationally - who choose to study here because of our excellent faculty, small class sizes, and the opportunity for research and community involvement through course work and faculty mentoring, graduate assistantships, and student organizations. Curricula are flexible, so students can tailor their programs of study to individual career goals.
Although the Women's and Gender Studies department is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, it is a model of interdisciplinary collaboration on the EMU campus, with over 25 Department Members from each of the five colleges - Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Health and Human Services, and Technology - and the University Library.
Our student body is diverse in terms of age, gender and gender identity, race and ethnicity, country of origin, and socioeconomic status. We welcome you to explore these pages, and to apply to our programs.
The Women's and Gender Studies Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, located at 214 Pray-Harrold.