With the impetus of the women’s movement in the 1970’s, Women’s Studies emerged as an interdisciplinary approach to acknowledge the changing and evolving roles of women. The societal, cultural, economic and political roles of women are reflected through the interdisciplinary curricula offered in the IUPUI Program in Women’s Studies. For four decades, students at IUPUI have pursued both minors and undergraduate degrees.

Name Change

On August 21, 2018, the Board of Trustees at IU approved a name change at the request of faculty, students and staff in our Program.  Our new name, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS), best represents what we do currently and the ways in which our Program will grow in the foreseeable future. This change provides a more inclusive environment for those interested in pursuing a degree examining women, gender, sexuality, and how perceptions of gender relate to experiences of inequality.  We invite students and faculty to assess the social construction of gender on a national and international basis.  Women's Studies is still central to our mission, but we are excited to expand our purview in the decades ahead.​


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies brings together faculty who explore issues of women, gender and sexuality in their teaching, research and service. Interdisciplinary in nature, WOST explores a wide range of issues as seen through these lenses and should increase students’ understanding of how these issues affect culture. The critical thinking involved in these analyses will help students make a more meaningful contribution wherever their career paths and future engagements may lead. Coursework in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies will enhance a student’s effectiveness in virtually any career:

  • For careers in law or social service: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies gives insight into social realities that oppress women, such as rape, abuse, sexual harassment, and job discrimination.
  • For careers in biology, medicine, counseling, nursing or other allied health professions: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers an understanding of women’s health-both physical and mental.  
  • For careers in education or journalism: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies assists students in developing the critical thinking and communication skills essential to teachers and journalists  
  • For careers in business: Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies can teach students to understand how gender might influence management styles, marketing techniques and investing habits.


For more information, contact Dr. Catherine A. Dobris, Director, WGSS Program.