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Women's and Gender Studies research takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender, its function in cultures and societies, and its intersections with race and class.


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"Women's Studies: The Basics is an accessible introduction into the ever expanding and increasingly relevant field of studies focused on women. Tracing the history of the discipline from its origins, this text sets out the main agendas of womene(tm)s studies and feminism, exploring the global development of the subject over time, and highlighting its relevance in the contemporary world. Reflecting the diversity of the field, core themes include:

  • the interdisciplinary nature of women's studies
  • core feminist theories and the feminist agenda
  • issues of intersectionality: women, race, class and gender
  • women, sexuality and the body
  • global perspectives on the study of women
  • the relationship between women's studies and gender studies.

Providing a firm foundation for all those new to the subject, this book is valuable reading for undergraduates and postgraduates majoring in womene(tm)s studies and gender studies, and all those in related disciplines seeking a helpful overview for women-centred, subject specific courses."

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Women's and gender studies research takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender, its function in cultures and societies, and its intersections with race and class. Research within women's and gender studies also often include feminist theory, masculinities and men's studies, studies of sexualities, LGBTQI studies, and girlhood and boyhood studies.

Use the tabs above to find additional information for all types of research.

  • For specific courses, see the course guides.
  • For general research, check the Articles, Databases and Other Resources tab. Databases hold multiple resources, including scholarly articles. Articles are a good starting point for research. They frequently cite issues, books and other articles which can save you time. The Libraries hold several different indexes to help you find the articles you need.

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Local Organizations and Resources

The UF Center for Women's Studies & Gender Research offers many interdisciplinary courses, an undergraduate major with a choice of three areas of concentration within the BA program: a General Concentration, a Concentration in Theories and Politics of Sexuality or a Concentration in Gender and International Development; undergraduate minors in Women's Studies or in Theories and Politics of Sexuality; and a graduate certificate in Women's Studies in conjunction with other graduate degree programs. The Dean of Students Office offers additional resources and ways for students to be involved through LGBT Affairs and the Women's Student Association. NEW - LGBT Library @UF A listing of books available at the University of Florida's Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs. All of these materials are also searchable in the Smathers Libraries' Catalog at: Begin with an Advanced Search and then limit your search by Location to the LGBT Library. Please check with the LGBT Affairs Office on check-out procedures.

Additionally, the Special & Area Studies Collections at the George A. Smathers Collections have many resources related to women's and gender studies. Many of these materials are not available elsewhere or online, so researchers may want to visit Special Collections or browse through the online finding aids that explain some of the many resources they hold. 

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