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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.



WGS homepage

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

  • We look forward to resuming departmental events in August!