COVID-19 Updates

Please keep up with updates by visiting the University's COVID-19 page.

Most summer 2021 courses are offered online. Our Fall 2021 Women's and Gender Studies courses will be offered in a variety of delivery formats, including face to face, online, and hybrid modes.

We are available to support students, faculty, and community members remotely. Please call 734.487.1177 or email [email protected] for assistance. If you need to reach Beth Currans, the WGST Department Head, you can reach her by email ([email protected]) or phone (734.487.7707).

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.

We also encourage our alumni and retired faculty to stay in touch with us. Like us on Facebook and Like us on Instagram

The Women's and Gender Studies Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, located at 214 Pray-Harrold.

Online offerings in our Graduate Programs

We offer a combination of different modes of class delivery to accommodate a diversity of students:  those who live a great distance from campus, those who work fulltime, those who might have a prohibitive disability, those who are caretakers of others, and those who live in close proximity to campus.  Some of our classes are offered face to face, some synchronously via zoom, some are delivered asynchronously online, and some are hybrids of face to face and online delivery. For more information about our graduate programs, please visit our graduate program page.