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Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #901 (ARWU) North Adams, MA, United States
The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Williams University is an interdisciplinary program designed to encourage students to focus critically on gender and sexuality. Many of our courses investigate how assumptions about gender and/or sexuality operate in society, shaping feminine, masculine, transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer identities.
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The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Williams University  is the idea of intersectionality- that (amongst other axes of identification) race, ethnicity, class, ability, nationality, and religion are important factors in the any critical understanding of gender and sexuality.

WGSS has existed in some form at Williams for over 30 years.  Women’s Studies was formalized into a program in 1983, and name changes over the years have reflected increasing attention in the interdisciplinary field to issues of gender and sexuality studies.  We have offered a major since 2002, and have graduated over 300 majors and concentrators since the program was established.

WGSS Learning Objectives

  • We teach students to understand and critique the formation of categories of gender, gender identity, and sexuality as they function in social, economic, cultural, and/or political contexts; and as they intersect with other categories of difference such as race, ethnicity, class, nationality, and ability.
  • We teach students to read, understand, and evaluate the historical development of feminist and queer theories and scholarship; to engage in critical debates about those theories and that scholarship; and to apply feminist and queer critical perspectives to new questions across disciplines.
  • We teach students to communicate effectively using gender- and sexuality-based frames of analysis as a tool for academic research, creative production, collaborative work, and practices of social change.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Introduction to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Junior/Senior Seminar in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • American Girlhoods
  • The Veil: History and Interpretations
  • Blacks, Jews, and Women in the Age of the French Revolution
  • The Fourteenth Amendment and the Meanings of Equality
  • Gender and Sexuality in Music
  • Marriage and the American Nation

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants ONLY)
  • SAT or ACT
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for North Adams

  • 876 - 1820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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