The Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program draws upon the dynamic energy of the global city of Houston, Texas, and the great diversity of the University of Houston campus. Since its founding as Women’s Studies in 1991, the program has evolved to promote an intersectional, multidisciplinary and transnational approach that critically assesses existing hierarchies, inequalities, and forms of privilege. We challenge students to understand how categories of gender, sexuality, race, class, dis/ability, and citizenship shape not only their own lives but also the lives of people in their communities and around the world. The program’s strength comes from the diversity of the perspectives it draws from, including faculty affiliates from 14 different disciplines as well as a deep engagement with communities and organizations in Houston. Not only does WGSS work closely with the Friends of Women's Studies, the Carey Shuart Women's Archive and Research Collection, and the Women's Resource Center, but students and faculty also engage across diverse communities through activism and volunteer opportunities. Students, faculty, and community members convene regularly for a variety of academic and non-academic events such as conferences, lectures, and workshops. Bridging research and activism, WGSS uses global feminism to encourage a diverse body of UH students to become informed and engaged citizens of a transnational world.
The Program currently offers two undergraduate minors (Women's Studies and GLBT Studies) and a graduate certificate (in Women's Studies).