We are a multidisciplinary program within the College of Arts and Sciences offering a well-established undergraduate major and minor, graduate specialization and minor, and a minor in LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies.

From its inception, our program has been committed to promoting a diverse faculty and student body and to offering a curriculum that examines inequities and injustices that have worked against an inclusive and egalitarian society.

Central to our program is the study of women, in all their diversity and through a variety of disciplinary lenses. We study women's contributions as writers and scholars, artists and activists, public figures and private citizens, in the past and the present.

The program also studies gender more broadly, by analyzing the construction of feminine, masculine, and queer identities across time and cultures and by assessing the ways gender signifies relationships of power.

With course offerings from more than 15 academic disciplines, Women's & Gender Studies introduces students to exciting ideas, dynamic professors and classmates, and feminist thought and perspectives in small, collaborative communities of learning.

Program's Advocacy Statement

June 8, 2020 - UPDATED

The Women's and Gender Studies Program stands with Black Lives Matter in protest of systemic racism, and as a program, we are committed to ongoing work in our classrooms and our research to advocate for a world that is just and equitable, one where all feel safe, recognized, and heard.

Colloquium Series

Colloquium talks presented by scholars from across the nation and within UNL give students, faculty, and community members the opportunity to learn about the latest scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies.

No Limits Conference

The No Limits conference, hosted by the UNL's WGS program every three years, gives students the opportunity to present academic papers or creative projects and gain experience organizing large public events.

Student Groups

WGS-affiliated student group, Student Alliance for Gender Equality + Sexual Health, is a place of action, discussion, and academic development for students interested in feminist and gender concerns on the UNL campus and the Lincoln community.

Majors & Minors

WGS offers an undergraduate major and minor as well as a minor in LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies. Each semester graduating students are honored at a graduation reception.

Graduate Specialization

The WGS graduate specialization offers students an opportunity to extend their graduate education in gender and diversity by drawing on the interdisciplinary perspectives of Women’s and Gender Studies.


Coming from a variety of disciplines across the university, Women's and Gender Studies faculty members and instructors start each academic year with a retreat.

Women's and Gender Studies encourages learning experiences outside the classroom. Each year our Colloquium Series features six different events, which have included such speakers as Lara Freidenfelds, Shireen Ghorbani, Janet Kourany, Lise Eliot, Obioma Nnaemeka, Darlene Clark Hine and Lourdes Portillo, as well as hands-on workshops in which participants can learn, for example, how to conduct research on transgender issues. We also participate in No Limits, an academic conference we sponsor with the Women's Studies programs at University of Nebraska at Omaha and University of Nebraska at Kearney, which features student scholarly work and creative activity.

In the past our student groups have combined the social with the political by sponsoring fundraising drives for the Women's Center and Friendship Home, political rallies like "Take Back the Night" and "Shakespeare's Sister," a day-long celebration of women's voices.

And because we are committed to combining academic inquiry with community service, we encourage students to participate in a variety of internship programs with such organizations as the American Civil Liberties Union, Friendship Home, the League of Women Voters, PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), Planned Parenthood and UNL's Women's Center.

We encourage you to let curiosity move you with Women’s & Gender Studies.