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Degree Programs

Our graduate program provides a rigorous interdisciplinary education designed to develop well-prepared scholars in the field of feminist studies and gender, women, and sexuality studies. Feminist studies PhD majors and minors pursue general and specialized courses in feminist studies while conducting scholarly research and analysis that truly drives change. Our graduate students are scholars, teachers, and activists, bringing to their work remarkable intelligence and a commitment to analyzing how power operates in and across societies, economies, and cultures. Along with feminist studies, the contribution of queer and trans* studies—in regard to gender, sexuality, and biological bodies—is also a central component of our graduate program.

We offer a wide variety of courses, with emphases in:

  • Critical race and transnational feminisms
  • Social movements
  • Critical gender and sexualities, trans*, and queer studies
  • Feminist ethnography and geography
  • Feminist health, medicine, and science studies
  • Intersections of race, ethnicity, and nationalism

Combining interdisciplinary breadth and specific area concentrations, we train graduate students to respond to today’s most pressing global realities. Feminist studies graduate faculty members are excellently positioned to help students develop dynamic programs of study. Our core faculty and affiliates are part of internationally acclaimed research initiatives in the areas of race and social justice, global health, law and society, popular media, music and the arts, politics and social movements, race and migration, development and political economy, food justice, and human rights.

For more information, please view our PDF iconFeminist Studies Graduate Program Handbook and see our complete list of course offerings.


CLA’s Graduate Programs Office offers graduate students access to funding resources, health and supportive services, diversity initiatives, and other valuable information.