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. Women's and Gender Studies department member and Associate Professor of History Mary-Elizabeth Murphy also explains the importance of addressing the violence experienced by black women.
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All fall 2020 Women's and Gender Studies courses are offered in an online (asynchronous) or remote (synchronous) format.
During fall 2020, our front office will be open on each Tuesday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. On other days, we will support students, faculty, and community members remotely. Please call 734.487.1177 or email wgst_gen[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.
The Women's and Gender Studies Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, located at 214 Pray-Harrold.