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Women and Gender Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #601 (QS) Northampton, MA, United States
The Program for the Study of Women and Gender examines gender, race, class and sexuality as important and simultaneous aspects of social worlds and human lives. This examination requires inquiry into the construction and operation of power relations, social inequalities and resistances to them in both national and transnational contexts.
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  • We understand that the terms "women," "gender", "feminism," "queer," "masculinity" and "transgender" are politicized. As categories of analysis, they help reveal how subjects become racialized, sexualized, gendered and class-located.
  • Building on its origins in women's studies, our program continues to examine the experiences, ideologies, works and actions of women in a variety of national, cultural, historical and political contexts. As an interdisciplinary endeavor, the Program for the Study of Women and Gender shows students how different academic disciplines view the operation of gender in the labor market, the family, political systems and cultural production. Research and theory emerge from these everyday realities and feminist theory, in turn, informs our analysis of political choices. The study of women and gender is joined to an understanding of the forms of activism around the globe.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • SWG 101 SWG Reads
  • SWG 203 Queer of Color Critique
  • SWG 230 Gender, Land and Food Movement
  • SWG 204 This Bridge Called My Back: Women of Color Cultural Production
  • SWG 100 Issues in Queer Studies
  • SWG 150 Introduction to the Study of Women and Gender
  • SWG 320 Documenting Queer Lives
  • SWG 370 Women Against Empire

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

Applicants must submit the following:

  • the formal application
  • application fee ($60)
  • official transcripts of the undergraduate record
  • letters of recommendation from instructors at the undergraduate institution
  • GRE - required for applicants to the MS in biological sciences
  • applicants from non–English-speaking countries must submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • a paper written in an advanced undergraduate course; MFA playwriting candidates must also submit one or more full-length scripts or the equivalent

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    46010 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46010 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    46010 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46010 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Northampton

  • 1156 - 2400 USD/month
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