First established in the 1980s, Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) at UMKC is one of 650 such programs in the United States. WGS is both an inter- and multi-disciplinary academic program devoted to the critical analysis of how gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality contribute to the diversity of women's and men's experiences. The program's interdisciplinary nature and cross-cultural academic training broadens students' understanding of gender and the experiences of women and men, girls and boys, in all cultures and societies. By placing gender at the center of scholarly inquiry, we not only examine the assumptions, methods, insights, and claims of the traditional academic curriculum but broaden it through our research interests, publications, and courses to add cutting edge feminist research, scholarship, and activism.
The WGS program offers an undergraduate minor and concentration, as well as an internship. WGS courses are offered by numerous UMKC departments, and a full list of courses scheduled is available every semester from the WGS office. In addition, Women's and Gender Studies is available as an informal focus area for the MALS program (Master of Arts in Liberal Studies).
The mission of the Women's and Gender Studies Program is to foster teaching and scholarship on the social, cultural, and historical processes that gender human identities and experience.