Women's and Gender Studies is now Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

FAQ about our name change

Why did the program change its name?

We changed our name to more accurately reflect our emphasis on treating gender and sexuality as analytical tools through which we can study the world.  Our old name made no mention of sexuality, even though it’s an important component of what we study.  In fact, we even have a minor dedicated to the study of sexuality and gender identity.  At the same time,  we wanted to be clear that we are still committed to studying issues of particular concern to women.

When does this name change take effect?

The program name change is in effect. Spring 2014 classes will be listed under the WGST acronym. Fall 2014 classes will be listed under the GSWS acronym. 

I’m graduating soon.  Does that mean I’ll graduate with a major/minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) rather than in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST)?

If you entered UVM prior to Fall 2013, you’ll have the choice about which name will go on your transcripts.  Students entering UVM in Fall 2013 or later will graduate with a degree in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.