The Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGST) faculty aim to foster students’ critical thinking skills in a learning environment that is supportive and challenging. In the workplace, the media, popular culture, politics, and even academia, we are confronted with stereotypes and one-dimensional representations of gender, race, class, nationality and sexuality. Accordingly, WGST faculty encourage students to critically engage with course materials and with the world around them, and we provide them tools to do so. We believe such skills are the prerequisites for enhancing the equality, dignity, and empowerment that we value.
Faculty research is an essential component in the educational experience of our undergraduates. WGST students receive instruction from faculty who are actively engaged in the creation of new knowledge and insights, not merely passive recipients of the work of others. Our faculty have been awarded research grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright, the National Science Foundation, and the United States Institute of Peace.


WGST Advising

Mara Vahratian

Office: University Club, Rm 204
Open Hours: Mondays 1-3pm
All advisor meetings are held in University Club, Rm 204.
Use BuffPortal to see current walk-in hours
and schedule individual appointments.

Visit the Cottage

The Hazel Gates Woodruff Cottage is one of the most historically significant structures on the CU Boulder campus today. Built as a women's dormitory in 1884, it is a symbol of the historical presence of women from its earliest days. This semester, the Cottage is open Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.

First Women & Gender Studies program in Colorado

Established in 1974 as the Women Studies Program, it is also one of the oldest of its kind in the nation.

Founding home of Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies

Founded in 1975, Frontiers is one of the oldest and most respected academic feminist journals in the United States.

Award-winning Faculty

Our core faculty include Professors of Distinction, and recipients of Best Should Teach award, Hazel Barnes prize, Kayden Book award and more.