Graduate Concentration

“My degree in Gender and Women Studies has provided a theoretical framework to approach my graduate studies in Youth Development. Without the opportunity to engage in a variety of feminist theories both within and outside of the academic setting through the Gender and Women Studies Program, I would not be prepared to conceptualize race, class, sexual orientation, adultism, or ability in institutions, as well as within my own communities. I know that my queer feminist framework will inform my future work with young people.”
-Randi Provost, MEd. Candidate, Youth Development 

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About the Graduate Concentration


At all levels, Gender and Women’s Studies encourages students to critically examine the complex intersections of gender, sexual identity, race, class, ethnicity, and ability.  A graduate concentration in GWS provides students the opportunity to work with faculty across a variety of disciplines including African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Criminology, Law and Justice, Disability and Human Development, English, History, Latin American and Latino Studies, and Social Justice. This gives students a unique opportunity to bring a truly interdisciplinary framework to their scholarship and research endeavors.

GWS graduate concentrators find themselves among a diverse cohort of emerging scholars. GWS students work together as colleagues to create an academic community that tackles questions and dilemmas through myriad research methods. As a GWS concentrator, students are provided opportunities to collaborate with one another, including monthly brown bag discussions of students’ original research, guest lecturer events, and program sponsored special events. GWS also provides support to advanced graduate students when they begin the process of applying for jobs.