WGS supports coursework, mentoring, and intellectual community in studies of women, gender, and sexuality for graduate students across Harvard’s departments and professional schools.

Graduate student opportunities for training in WGS studies include the Graduate Secondary Field in WGS, the WGS Graduate Tutorial Board, the GSAS Gender and Sexuality Workshop, teaching fellowships in our undergraduate curriculum, Boston-area courses and symposia through our membership in the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality, and WGS-sponsored lectures and professional development events.

Additionally, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality curates a list of graduate courses approved for WGS credit across the disciplines and maintains a weekly email newsletter of talks, events, funding opportunities, and job listings in the field.

Graduate secondary field

Harvard doctoral students may pursue a graduate secondary field certificate – the equivalent of a graduate minor – in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. In addition to the required coursework, graduate secondary field students gain valuable pedagogical experience as teaching fellows for undergraduate courses.


The secondary field (minor) in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality is open to students already enrolled in doctoral programs in Harvard's graduate and professional schools.


Harvard graduate students who wish to apply for the secondary field program should set up an appointment with our Director of Graduate Studies, Alice Jardine. At this meeting the DGS will review the student's completed plan of study form and discuss options for completing the secondary field requirements.


Please note: WGS does not currently offer graduate degrees, and we cannot admit graduate students directly. Admissions and application questions should be directed to the Office of Admissions at the appropriate school. The Harvard website provides links to graduate admissions offices in each of the schools.