NOTE: The Department of Womenʻs Studies has been renamed the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Students may still see the Departmentʻs subject code of WS being used in places. It will change to WGSS.

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi

Our department is proud to offer an interdisciplinary approach to studying women and gender issues. We emphasize multicultural and global education and innovative feminist research on gender, sexuality, ethnic and national diversity, and social justice, focusing on women in Hawaiʻi, Asia, and the Pacific. We offer a major (BA) with a fully online option, undergraduate WGSS and Queer Studies certificates, and a graduate certificate.

Aloha WS Community! Check out our Spring 2021 newsletter at:

Aloha WS students! You can now register for WGSS 485 Women and Disasters [Fall 2021, Online]!

Aloha WS community! Please join us this Friday (March 12) for our colloquium from 12:30-2pm HST where Dr. Juliann Anesi will address disability activism in Samoa. Registration link:

Hi everyone! Check out WS Fall 2020 newsletter:

Aloha WS Community! We invite you to join us this Thursday (Nov. 12) 12:00-1:30PM via Zoom for the next Women’s Studies colloquium featuring Dr. Kim Compoc, Assistant Professor of History at UH West Oʻahu:

Aloha WS Community! You are invited to join the following event, "Gender and Global Leadership Directions", hosted by the International Woman’s Group at EWCPA this Thursday, October 1st:

Aloha! You are invited to join our first WS Colloquium of the semester with Dr. Joyce Pualani Warren next week Thursday (9/10) 12:00-1:30PM. Please see flyer below to register.

Aloha! You're all invited to join the special live event on August 27 at 1:30PM (HST) to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, featuring acclaimed UCLA historian Ellen Carol Dubois. See information below:

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