Women and Gender Studies

Our Mission

The Women and Gender Studies Program at Clarion University is an interdisciplinary community where students gain an understanding of gender issues across cultures. Our values include respect for diversity, open-mindedness, and self-exploration.  We strive to cultivate supportive relationships for students and faculty, to make connections between personal experience and intellectual development, and to take action for social justice.  Our goal is for our graduates to be involved, informed and empowered citizens.


End-of-semester party

Join us at this party!
Wednesday, April 17
10:30 a.m. - Noon
209 Harvey Hall
David McFarland

Former WGS Director Kathleen McIntyre (center) with 2016 WGS “Dr. Deb Scholarship” recipients Natalia Naranjo (left) and Lara Mahaffy (right)

Dr. Deb WGS Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Deborah Burghardt in honor of the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Women and Gender Studies Program at Clarion University. The intention of this scholarship is to support students in their pursuit of feminist ideals through scholarship, personal development, and service. WGS anticipates giving out two awards of $550 each for the spring 2019 grant cycle. More details to follow.

Student learning outcomes

The success of the WGS Program can now be measured by the level at which students who elect to minor or concentrate in WGS achieve the following: 

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate an interdisciplinary understanding of women and gender studies.
  2. Analyze gender issues in a global context.
  3. Recognize the gendered nature of power in interaction with race, ethnicity, class, age, ability, sexuality, region, and religion at the institutional, interpersonal and individual levels. 
  4. Demonstrate respect for and appreciation of differences.
  5. Apply feminist theory and analysis to their major field of study.
  6. Place their personal and professional experiences in a social and political context by evaluating women’s and men’s changing status in society. 
  7. Advocate for and take action to promote social justice by feel comfortable exercising leadership, asking questions and standing up for their beliefs. 
  8. Work collaboratively in an inclusive and civil manner, maintaining an open mind and engaging in constructive dialogue. 
  9.  Feel a sense of community connection and support resulting from civic engagement. 


SUMMER I session Course Listing
       May 6 - may 23, 2019

PSY 220                    Human Sexuality                                                             3 Credits
W01 (1212)              Web Based                                       Online                      Donna Ashcraft
SOC 452                   Sex, Gender, and Social                                                 3 Credits
W01 (1083)              Web Based                                       Online                      Jane Walsh

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FALL 2019 Course Listing

WGS 100                   Survey of Women and Gender Studies                     3 Credits                                                                  
C01 (1251)                 TuTr          3:30PM-4:45PM             Davis 103                 Melissa Downes                                        
W01W (1359)            Web Based                                       Online                      Uraina Pack
COM 320                  Communication and Gender                                        3 Credits                                                                  
W01 (2130)               Web Based                                        Online                     Jessica Crespo
PSY 220                    Human Sexuality                                                             3 Credits
C01 (2387)                TuTr        12:30PM-1:45PM              Harvey 121            Donna Ashcraft
C02 (2388)                TuTr          2:00PM-3:15PM              Harvey 121            Donna Ashcraft
SOC 321                   Sociology of Work                                                           3 Credits                                                               W01W (2274)           Web Based                                        Online                    Jane Walsh

SOC 352                   The Family                                                                       3 Credits                                                                C01 (1533)              TuTr 11:00AM-12:15PM                   Founders 104       staff
     C01 section reserved for 4YBSN ONLY
C02 (2271)                TuTr 12:30PM-1:45PM                   Founders 104       staff

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Any Questions?
              Visit the WGS Center in 207 Harvey Hall to meet our staff:
Program Director - Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Dr. Melissa Downes   210 Harvey Hall      814.393.2720     mdownes@clarion.edu
                                   - Tues/Thur  3:50 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
                                      112 Davis Hall.        814.393.2160      {English}

Program Secretary -Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
                                      -Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Debb Sigworth            207 Harvey Hall      814.393.2720      dsigworth@clarion.edu

Program Student Assistant -  Tuesday         9:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
                                                        Thursday       9:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. 
Sadie Comstock           207 Harvey Hall      814.393.2720    m.m.comstock@eagle.clarion.edu

Last Updated 4/4/19