COVID-19 Status Update

WGST will be operating with limited in-person contact over the next several weeks. For contact info, students should still contact Professor Kelly Finley for advising (, Dr. Sonya Ramsey ( for program/curricular issues, or Dr. Elisabeth Paquette ( for the graduate certificate.

Any course questions should be addressed to the instructor of record first. 

University communication will come directly to students via email. Additional resources from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are available here.

The Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNC Charlotte explores the ways that gender influences social structures and individual experiences around the world. We view gender as a category of analysis that includes women, men, transgender, and gender-nonconforming individuals. Using a feminist perspective, the program seeks to understand the cultural, political, and historical processes that gender human identity and society. In our research, teaching, programming, and service we explore gender as it intersects with multiple categories, such as race, ethnicity, social class, age, ability, nationality, and sexuality. Recognizing that gender varies widely over time and space, the program emphasizes a comparative and interdisciplinary approach, with faculty employing a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches.

The Women's and Gender Studies Program at UNC Charlotte offers an undergraduate minor in Women's and Gender Studies and a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies. We also sponsor a first-year learning community called "Gender Excellence: Where Academics Meets Activism" (GenX) as well as a Women's and Gender Studies Honor Society, Iota Iota Iota (Triota). Our curriculum prepares students to understand how gender has shaped their own lives, the lives of others, the production of knowledge, and social institutions. Our undergraduate and graduate coursework also emphasizes the link between theory and practice and encourages applied learning through internships, community involvement, and service-learning. Our curriculum is designed to develop a gender-sensitive perspective that will influence students' academic, professional, and personal development. It is our hope that this gender-sensitive perspective will lead students to ask the kinds of critical questions that are essential to imagining and creating an inclusive and equitable society.


UNC Charlotte is located on the traditional homelands of the Catawba NationFor the full land acknowledgement, please click here

For more information about land acknowledgments, visit this site from the Native Governance Center, and for any questions or concerns about this UNC Charlotte land acknowledgment, please contact Dr. Elisabeth Paquette ( or Dr. Andrea Pitts (


Interested in becoming a Faculty Affiliate with the Women's and Gender Studies Program? We would love to consider your application! Please click here to begin the application process and note that you will need to login using your UNCC email address.