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Women's & Gender Studies


Women's & Gender Studies

The Women's & Gender Studies program at Virginia Tech presents students with new ways of thinking about how race, class, and sexuality shape our society and our experiences in it.



Women's and Gender Studies undergraduate student Katie Coulter to be featured Thursday, September 25, 2014 on the MSNBC website as part of their Women in Politics: College Edition. The project is part of a larger MSNBC "Women in 2014" series which features female politicians running for election in the mid-term races.

"Wendy Davis, Hilary Clinton's pictures are right there, I'm on the same [web] platform as them - they're the people I want to become," Coulter said. "Honestly I can't wait to see it. It's really cool."  Click here for the full story.



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Suchitra Samanta, winner of the 2012 Sporn Teaching Award, pictured with (WGS director) Katy Powell and Barbara Ellen Smith.



Award-winning faculty members teach courses to over 800 Virginia Tech students each year.

Students can major in Sociology with an option in Women's and Gender Studies.

Many students choose to minor in Women's & Gender Studies because our program complements so many other majors.


We also offer a 9-hour Graduate Certificate -- and interdisciplinary, cross-cultural study of gender in social structure, history, culture, and technology.

Our biannual conference on Gender, Bodies, and Technology

    GBT Conference

Central to the mission of Women's & Gender Studies at Virginia Tech is the empowerment of women, in both the academy and our larger society

Contact Information

Dr. Katrina M. Powell
507 McBryde Hall (0137)
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
P: (540) 231-8971  for staff assistance


Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 5:00-6:30pm: Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center: "Inclusive VT Let's Talk"
    President Tim Sands, Provost Mark McNamee, and Vice President for Student Affairs Patty Perillo invite students to reflect, discuss, and share your voices in response to events of recent weeks, both nationally and on campus, related to diversity and inclusion.


  • Friday, December 12, 2014: 11:00am-12:00pm: Burruss Hall Auditorium:" Responding to reports of sexual assault"  Senior Vice President and Provost Mark McNamee will host a town hall meeting to offer information about the university's current approach to responding to reports of sexual violence. Individuals from the Division of Student Affairs, the Women's Center, the Virginia Tech Police Department, and Human Resources who are responsible for responding to reports will provide overview information and be available to answer questions.  For more information please click here.