Women and Gender Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

About the Graduate Program

Women and Gender Studies at George Mason University offers interdisciplinary perspectives on gender and its intersections with race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality. Our curriculum is designed to provide students with the training in theory and methods needed to examine the complex social, cultural, economic, political, historical, and psychological forces that shape both women's and men's lives, the formation of gender relations, and the notions of femininity and masculinity. Students are equipped with tools for analyzing these issues within the context of a transnational world. At the core of our graduate programs are two required courses: Feminist Theories across the Disciplines and Women and Global Issues.

With the rapid and uneven changes accompanying globalization, the study of gender takes on added significance. Gender, women's rights and sexuality are overtly politicized as well as refashioned as the subtext of current domestic and international politics. Transnational issues of democracy, social justice, and environmental justice have mobilized women in unprecedented ways.

Our unique graduate programs offer students flexibility in choosing their area of specialization. Students are trained in a productive, challenging, and supportive environment. The courses are taught by faculty members who combine their innovative and cutting-edge research with a commitment to teaching and advising students. Students have a choice of enrolling full-time or part-time and our class schedule accommodates working professionals.

We collaborate with organizations in the Washington metropolitan to enable student access to research and internship opportunities with local, national, and global organizations that focus on gender issues. These include Women for Women International, the American Association of University Women, the Feminist Majority Foundation, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts, as well as many other organizations that are active in politics in the capital region. Through access to classes in the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, students can take courses at 11 other area schools, including Georgetown, George Washington, and the University of Maryland.

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