Why Iowa?

Investigate how gender and sexuality shape the challenges society faces in the environment, culture, media, education, health, violence, the economy, and so much more.

Develop a deeper understanding

Amplify your graduate studies

Learn from experts across fields

See yourself here

The Women's Studies Program was established at The University of Iowa in 1974 and is one of the first programs in the United States. Be apart of this rich history and legacy.

Write Your Story

Critical thinking, analysis, and development of expertise in writing, research, and presentation will prepare you for a variety of careers and graduate programs. Alumni have gone on to exciting careers in policy, government, non-profits, social services, and so much more.

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Est. 1974

One of the first women's studies programs in the U.S.

large classroom filled with students learning about social justice

3 tracks

Students can earn a major, minor, or graduate certificate in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies

16 faculty

Have joint appointments in GWSS and comes from the humanities and social sciences

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55 faculty

Affiliated with GWSS and regularly cross-list their courses, supervise graduate students or serve on GWSS committees

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News and announcements

Smart Labor and the Fantasy Production of Association for Southeast Asian Nations Smart Cities

Thursday, November 9, 2023
This article is about transforming pilot cities into smart cities

Meenakshi Gigi Durham featured on Talk of Iowa's Womanhood series

Tuesday, October 24, 2023
This article is about Charity Nebbe on the Talk of Iowa

Hyaeweol Choi featured in New York Times Food article

Wednesday, September 20, 2023
This article is about Professor Hyaeweol Choi being featured in New York Times


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100-Word Microstory Contest

Tuesday, July 16 to Friday, July 26, 2024 (all day)
Mark your calendar for our 100-Word Microstory Contest — a free online writing competition for a variety of age groups. You don’t have to be an Iowa Writers’ Workshop grad — or even have participated in a flash writing contest before — to join in the fun. Just create a story in 100 words or less that uses one of two specific writing prompts. We will announce the writing prompts here on Monday, July 15, 2024, at 9 a.m. CDT.

REDCap Advanced Training

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 10:00am to 11:00am
This is the fourth step in the REDCap training series. In this training, we will cover advanced features such as: • Importing data from csv • Ways to customize your data entry experience with form display logic • Making your forms more dynamic and personalized with context aware smart variables • Sending automated, conditional email alerts • Ensuring data is high quality by executing data quality rules, creating data missingness codes, and opening data queries • And more This training is a demo and not hands-on. After this training, you will have an advanced understanding of REDCap. Register by clicking the virtual event link above or by going here: https://redcap.link/icts_training
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Charles Holdefer, "Your Family and Other Animals: Using Creatures in Your Writing"

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 11:00am to 12:00pm
Phillips Hall
Charles Holdefer presents the talk "Your Family and Other Animals: Using Creatures in Your Writing" for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival's Eleventh Hour Lecture Series. Free and open to the public; all are welcome.
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Discover Study Abroad-Summer 2024

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Would you like to study abroad during your time at the University of Iowa, but don't know where to start? Attend our weekly Virtual Discover Study Abroad info sessions to learn how study abroad works and find the right international opportunity for you!
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