Women's Studies

Students gain knowledge of contemporary feminist theories and research methods. They experience and participate in the making of women’s history in Washington, D.C. Part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ arts and humanities programs, women’s studies examines women’s lives, literature, histories and cultures through the lens of feminist theory and practice.  

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

The women’s studies program is designed to work in tandem with a number of subjects, including political science, psychology, history, international studies, sociology, English and economics.

What can I expect to learn in the Women's Studies program at GW?

Our curriculum offers courses that describe the world from diverse perspectives:  gender, color, age, class, sexuality and ethnicity.  Students learn to think and write critically about women’s issues.

What is the Women's Studies community like at GW?

The women's studies community at GW is a diverse body of scholars and activists, brought together by a wide range of interests and goals. We work with activists, researchers, scholars and artists from the wider community to explore multiple perspectives on women’s and gender issues.

What can I do in the Women's Studies field?

Women’s studies graduates go on to a range of professions, including community organizer, public policy advocate, health policy planner, lawyer, academic, artist, librarian, teacher, counselor, researcher, author and publisher.  

Research Opportunities

The women’s studies program is affiliated with the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, an independent, nonprofit research organization.

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