M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies

The Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to graduate study in topics related to women’s and gender issues. The program aims to combine theory and practice, looking at gender and sexuality issues from an academic perspective, while at the same time giving students a grounding in real world concerns and the tools they need to think critically and creatively about women’s and gender issues. Students enrolled in the program will gain a broad understanding of gender and sexuality theories, writing, and movements, as well as develop special competence in their particular area of interest. This program is open to students from any relevant academic major, and/or working people seeking to return to school for a higher degree. Students completing this degree will be prepared to enter a wide range of government or private organizations that require gender expertise including social policy organizations, and/or to undertake further study at the Ph.D. level. Students will have access to diverse faculty and wide expertise as well as to the rich resources available in New York City.

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Student Handbook

This practical guide is intended for students pursuing the Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) at The Graduate Center, CUNY. If students have any questions, feel free to ask any of the staff or faculty.

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Center for the Study of Women and Society

Center for the Study of Women and Society

The Center sponsors the Certificate Program in Women’s Studies and hosts the M.A. program in Women’s and Gender Studies. The center promotes interdisciplinary feminist scholarship and focuses its research on the intersectional study of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and nation in societies around the world.

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