The Program in Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) offers unique opportunities for interdisciplinary study and research for both undergraduate and graduate students. The primary objective of WGS is to promote the academic study of the role of gender in human society across diverse time periods and cultures, as well as to incorporate the experiences, perceptions, and intellectual contributions of women into existing curricula. It offers new perspectives in fields as diverse as anthropology, history, literature, sociology, psychology, philosophy, media studies, and science, technology, and society.
Undergraduates can choose a concentration or a minor in WGS and can petition for a major departure in WGS. The curriculum includes a core subject, Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, and a selection of subjects from many departments at the Institute. Special independent study topics and UROP projects can be arranged.
Graduate students may receive graduate credit in designated WGS subjects, and may also enroll in courses offered through the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies. See the section on Graduate Education in Part 1 for more information.
For more information, contact the program manager, Emily Neill, Room 14E-316, 617-253-8844.