Combining research, teaching, and activism focusing on the intersections among gender, sexuality, race and class
Accelerated master’s degree programs are designed for Mason’s highly qualified and highly motivated undergraduates. Students admitted to an accelerated master’s degree program have the opportunity to complete both degrees in a reduced amount of time, and at a reduced cost.
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Students, faculty and staff find a welcoming home in the Women and Gender Studies (WGST} concentration that supports their work and personal development, both inside and outside the classroom. WGST is dedicated to the merging of research, teaching, and activism. Our students take required coursework in feminist and queer theory, critical race theory, and transnational and global feminisms. Elective course offerings in WGST include African American women's history, disability studies, gender and health, human rights, immigration, sexuality and globalization, black psychology, and ecofeminism.
Successful students come from all walks of life and backgrounds, with a desire to merge their interests in the intersections among gender, sexuality, race and class with coursework in a discipline of interest such as history, literature, sociology, anthropology, health, education, philosophy, social work, conflict analysis and resolution, or the arts.
WGST students regularly complete internships with a variety of DC-area organizations that support trans and queer communities, sex workers, women, and immigrants. Recent students have completed internships devoted to addressing gender inequality, youth unemployment, disability advocacy, and women's human rights, at places such as:
• American Association of University Women
• Fairfax County Office of Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services
• The World Bank, and in a range of public service activities devoted to addressing gender inequality, youth unemployment, disability advocacy, and women's human rights.
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