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Undergraduate program

The degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Columbia College, taught in cooperation with Barnard College’s Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, provides students with a culturally and historically situated, theoretically diverse understanding of feminist scholarship and its contributions to the disciplines. The program is intended to introduce students to the long arc of feminist discourse about the cultural and historical representation of nature, power, and the social construction of difference. It encourages them to engage the debates regarding the ethical and political issues of equality and justice that emerge in such discussions. It links the questions of gender and sexuality to those of racial, ethnic, and other kinds of hierarchical difference. Through sequentially organized courses in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, as well as required discipline-based courses in the humanities, social sciences, and history, the degree provides a thoroughly interdisciplinary framework, methodological training and substantive guidance in specialized areas of research. Small classes and mentored thesis writing give students an education that is both comprehensive and tailored to individual needs. Graduates leave the program well-prepared for future scholarly work in women’s, gender, and sexuality, but the degree also prepares students for careers and future training in law, public policy, social work, community organizing, journalism, medicine, and all those professions in which there is a need for critical and creative interdisciplinary thought.

For more information, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Katherine Biers, at klb2134@columbia.edu.