Degrees & Majors
The M.A. program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies has three interrelated areas of concentration:
- Sexuality studies
- Social change
Our curriculum stands out for its emphasis on the intersections of gender and sexuality with race, nationalisms, ethnicity and transnationalism. We have a strong emphasis on queer theory and LGBTQ studies and the theory and practice of activism.
One distinction of our program is that students may complete one of three different kinds of theses:
- Research Thesis: an originally researched topic that contributes to a new area of gender and sexuality studies scholarship
- Creative Thesis: creative project in the arts, such as a play, an art exhibit or mixed-media work
- Action Research Thesis: an internship with a local social justice-oriented organization or other form of community and/or activist engagement
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) is an interdisciplinary field of study focusing on gender, sex, sexuality, feminism and womanism. WGSS offers a cutting-edge academic program focusing on three areas:
• Sexuality Studies
• Social Change
The Institute is a collective of core and affiliate faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, staff, alumni and community partners that collaborate to create meaningful research and practice. Through our multifaceted work, we examine social constructions and intersections of race, class and gender. We evaluate political and social equality, posit the creative power of art and artists, and reinforce commitment to advance human rights.