Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Women and Gender Studies


Welcome to the Women and Gender Studies minor!  In our interdisciplinary coursework, you'll take courses offered in departments across the university as you explore the complexities of sex, gender, and sexualities in biological, social, historical, and philosophical discourses.  How do these identities shape who we have been, who we are, and who we may become?  Faculty members in Women and Gender Studies are committed to investigating the way in which theories of gender and sexuality influence modern thought and social practice.  As you chart your own path through curriculum that complements your major, we will offer you new ways of thinking across disciplines.

The Women and Gender Studies minor supports many outreach programs on the A-State campus.  We serve as guest teachers in First Year Experience courses, where we teach about sexual assault prevention on campus.  We organize the Safe Zone program, which trains faculty and staff to respond sensitively to LGBTQIA issues and to make the campus a safer and more welcoming place for all students.  We host speakers for Women's History Month and program events for World AIDS Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and Pay Equity Day.  Throughout the year, we lead panels that invite students and faculty to talk about the way we think about sexuality, sexual violence, reproduction, and a wealth of other issues that shape our experience of the world.  We work to promote student research on issues related to women, gender, and sexuality.

Fall 2016 Events

  • October 13-15, "Southern Feminism" -a conference exploring the way feminisim shapes and is shaped by the south.  Plenary Speaker:  Susan Bordo (University of Kentucky). 
    Susan Bordo is Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and holds the Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities at the University of Kentucky.  She is the author of The Flight to Objectivity: Essays on Cartesianism and Culture (SUNY Press, 1987), Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body (U. of California Press, 1997) and The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1999) and The Creation of Anne Boleyn: a New Look at England's Most Notorious Queen (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.) She is also editor of Feminist Interpretations of Descartes (Penn State Press, 1999) and co-editor (with Alison Jaggar) of Gender/Body/Knowledge: Feminist Reconstructions of Being and Knowing (Rutgers University Press, 1989.) Forthcoming is Breaking the Surface: A Transnational Reader in the History of Feminist Thought, coedited with Ellen Rosenman and Cristina Alcalde, to be published by University of California Press in 2015.  Bordo's most recent book, The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A new Look at England's Most Notorious Queen, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2013 to critical acclaim.  In it, Bordo draws on historical scholarship and cultural studies to probe the complexities and challenge the mythology surrounding Anne Boleyn's life and afterlife, exploring how generations of polemicists, biographers, novelists, and filmmakers re-imagined and  Anne: whore, martyr, cautionary tale, proto "mean girl," feminist icon, and everything in between.  The UK edition was published in January 2014.
    The Conference will take place in the Reng Student Union. it is free and open to the public.  For more in formation, contact Dr. Michele Merritt.

  • Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Training for FYE Students
    August 29th- September 22nd
    (Kerry Tew, Kate Krueger, and Sarah Kendig, organizers)

  • Candlelight Vigil in Honor of Victims of Domestic Violence
    Early September Date TBD
  • Pride Parade and Celebration, Memphis
    September 24th
  • GLBT History Month: October
  • National Coming Out Day: 
    October 11th
  • Conference: "Southern Feminisms", Plenary Speaker, Susan Bordo
    October 13-15th
  • Transgender Day of Remembrance - November 20th
  • World Aids Day December 1st

Spring 2017

  • National Eating Disorders Awareness Week - February 5-11.
  • Black History Month - February
  • Women's History Month - March
  • Transgender Day of Visibility - March 31
  • Equal Pay Day - April 4th

To be part of a growing consortium of students and faculty across the A-State campus dedicated to Women and Gender Studies, contact minor advisor and WGS coordinator Dr. Michele Merritt at mmerritt@astate.edu