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Areas of Excellence

Concentrations of faculty with particular interests have created centers of excellence in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department. With significant concentrations of faculty supporting them, we offer joint PhD programs with the departments of English, History, and Psychology, as well as Graduate Certificates in Women’s and Gender Studies and LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies.

Because of our faculty strengths in studies of gender and health; gender, race, and nation; and LGBTQ studies, we also offer undergraduate minors in these areas. Through our hiring of jointly appointed faculty, our teaching across units and disciplines, and our collaboration with colleagues and students in our PhD programs, Women’s and Gender Studies enjoys strong ties with multiple units and is one of the most important interdisciplinary units at U-M.

The vitality of the Department and breadth of our research and teaching is reflected in several interdisciplinary rubrics that loosely organize our undergraduate major and our scholarly activities. Each rubric represents a concentration of Women’s and Gender Studies faculty interests and expertise: