Degrees & Majors
The study of women, gender and sexualities in their multiple racial and class dimensions and cultural contexts is a growing field of inquiry in many disciplines. More and more jobs are framed with an expectation of some background in feminist analysis. As an endeavor that is interdisciplinary and transnational, the Institute for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies contributes to the education of its own graduate students and students in other departments, colleges and schools of Georgia State.
This certificate program allows students to receive explicit acknowledgment of their work in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Some may simply want recognition of a strength reflected in their course of study. Others may wish to pursue employment for which a certificate is deemed an advantage.
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