Women's and Gender Studies

Mosiac of Knowledge


The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Program at Clark is an interdisciplinary program that is supported by more than fifty affiliated faculty from the humanities, social sciences, cultural studies, visual and performing arts, management, and the sciences. Our faculty are committed to teaching courses that explore the intersections of gender, ethnicity, race, religion, and class from within their disciplinary homes, and advising WGS students working at these intersections. This structure provides our students with a solid foundation in women’s studies and gender analysis, while introducing them to a range of disciplinary approaches. The WGS Program provides ample opportunity to connect theory and practice on campus, in the Worcester community, and further afield.

poster about Rachel Annato event October 22, 2018
4:00 p.m.
Higgins Lounge, Dana Commons
Rachel Adatto, a former member of the Knesset, eill address the intersection of gender and public policy via her work to draft and pass the Photoshop Law in the Israeli Knesset.

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Women at Clark 75th anniversary celebration October 25th, 2018
12:00-2:00 p.m.
Tilton Hall

This event, postponed from March 2018, is one of several marking the 75th anniversary of the first class of undergraduate women admitted to Clark in 1942.

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The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) Program at Clark University has a long and vibrant history. WGS was initially launched as Women's Studies in the mid-1970s, thanks to organizing by a dozen undergraduate women. These students had heard of "this new field called Women's Studies" and wanted their own Clark faculty to offer these innovative courses. Clark's first Women's Studies courses debuted in 1975 with Women in Politics, offered by Professor Sharon Krefetz, and Fiction by Women Writers, created by Professor Serena Hilsinger. Soon other faculty began offering Women's Studies courses, an undergraduate minor was created, and a new Women's Studies Ph.D. program was launched in 1992 (the Ph.D. program closed in 2008). In 2006, the program changed its name to Women's and Gender Studies, and a full-fledged major in WGS was established at Clark. Students now can choose to major or minor in WGS.