Undergraduate

The Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality offers both a concentration (major) and secondary field (minor) for undergraduate students. Juniors can apply to write an undergraduate thesis during their senior year or to pursue a joint concentration, which gives them the opportunity to do in-depth research in WGS and another department.

Why concentrate in WGS?

  • The small size of WGS, combined with its atmosphere of intellectual passion and openness, provides students with a unique sense of community.
  • WGS routinely ranks high in student satisfaction on the annual Senior Survey.
  • The Program places a premium on excellence in teaching, and WGS faculty regularly win teaching awards.
  • WGS welcomes joint concentrators from all disciplinary backgrounds—the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities—and can be combined with a pre-med course of study.
  • Most WGS courses are conducted as seminars, with close, individual attention from faculty.
  • All WGS concentrators, joint and full, receive individual advising from the Director and Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  • All General Education courses taught by WGS faculty count for credit toward the WGS concentration or secondary field.

WGS prides itself on the broad range of its course offerings as well as the individual attention it offers to each student. Concentrators enjoy the opportunity to engage in small-group tutorials and to conduct original research in their chosen fields of interest, whether or not they choose to write a thesis. If you'd like to talk with a current WGS student about the concentration, you can reach out to one of our peer advisers for their insight and advice.

In keeping with our commitment to interdisciplinary study, we also actively welcome joint concentrators. Our students have joint concentrated with a wide range of concentrations, including:

  • African and African-American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • English and American Literature
  • History and Literature
  • History of Science
  • Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology
  • East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • Government
  • Religion
  • Romance Languages and Literature
  • Social Studies
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Visual and Environmental Studies