The Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies at Florida Atlantic University is a strong interdisciplinary program with nationally and internationally known faculty from a variety of disciplines. Students receive credit for courses in fields such as Anthropology, English, Criminal Justice, Communication, History, Languages and Linguistics, Literature, Nursing, Political Science, Sociology, and of course, Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

In keeping with the mission of Florida Atlantic University, our goal is to provide students with both academic and personal development, discovery, lifelong learning, and public engagement. Our program prepares students to think critically about the ways that gender and sexuality interacts with politics, culture, ideologies, social structures, and economics, historically and globally to shape the lives of women and men. Our courses explore gender and sexuality through experiences and standpoints rooted in a diversity of intersecting factors, including class, race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, religion, and age.

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at FAU developed out of the concerted activism of faculty, students, and members of the greater community and we continue to support this tradition. We encourage students to see themselves as being able to make a difference for social justice in their own lives and in the lives of others around the world.

If you would like additional information, please phone our office at 561-297-3865 send an e-mail to, or click on one of our links.

We look forward to telling you more about our program.


Barclay Barrios
Associate Dean, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Director, Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Associate Professor, Department of English

Dr. Josephine Beoku-Betts on Graduation Day with MA in Women's Studies Students.


October 22, 2012

Gloria Steinem visits Florida Atlantic University.

Gloria Steinem event

Gloria Steinem pictured with Dr. Jane Caputi and Dr. Josephine Beoku-Betts (above) and WGSS undergraduate and graduate students (below) at the FAU Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies