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Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #651 (QS) Williamsburg, VA, United States
We offer a major and a minor in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at the College of William & Mary. Everyone can benefit from a structured discussion of gender in society, and we welcome non-majors to take GSWS courses, join our brownbag lunch sessions, and participate fully in the life of our interdisciplinary program. 
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We look at history, art, society, and culture through the lens of gender. The Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies program from the College of William & Mary will challenge your preconceptions and change your perspectives: You will move beyond static thinking and restrictive boundaries to gain insights that are valuable in many fields, including law, education, politics, business, social action, the arts, and medicine.

The Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program is one of the first interdisciplinary programs at William & Mary. It was founded in 1991 as Women's Studies, and renamed in 2013. Around twenty students each year graduate with a B.A. in GSWS. Our alumni go on to careers in non-profits, law, government, teaching, and academia.


  • Research is a major focus of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies program. We require all majors to take at least one research course and encourage all students of GSWS – even non-majors – to participate in independent research.
  • We introduce students to major scholars through the Minnie Braithwaite Lecture and through our Brownbag Discussion Series. The Boswell Initiative is another venue for showcasing current scholarship in the discipline. Keep an eye on our events calendar!

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Women, Gender and Culture
  • Women and Love in Chinese Culture and Literature
  • omen in Antiquity
  • Feminist Theory and Contemporary Theatre
  • Feminist Research Methods
  • Rhymes with Witch: Sexual Politics in Contemporary Culture

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • A submitted application through The Common Application or The Coalition Application
  • The Secondary School Report form complete with a high school transcript and counselor letter of recommendation
  • The Midyear School Report form, should be submitted to the admission office with an updated transcript as soon as first semester grades are available.
  • $75 application fee payment, or a fee waiver request

Tuition Fee

  • International

    40089 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40089 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    40089 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 40089 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    17434 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17434 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Williamsburg

  • 1306 - 2140 USD/month
    Living Costs

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