Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Given the rapidly shifting changes in how we consider human identity and experience and the body of research that has grown over the past half-century, few areas of study can be considered more dynamic or relevant than the field of women's, gender and sexuality studies. At Brandeis, the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program (WGS) is a locus of research, education, social engagement and activities that explore and expand our understanding of how gender and sexuality intersect with race, class, culture, religion, ability and more.

Whether you major or minor, you will be part of a diverse, inquisitive and intellectually rigorous community with whom to engage theories of feminism, gender and sexuality; the diversity of women's experiences and representations, past and present; and social movements in the United States and around the world. You may also pursue a minor in sexuality and queer studies (SQS), which is supported by WGS.

As a WGS or SQS major or minor, you'll be prepared for a career in a wide range of professions, including law, health care and public health, social service, public policy, advocacy and higher education. Many of our graduates also pursue graduate work in law, social work and a variety of other fields.

Why Brandeis?

Our approach is decidedly intersectional and necessarily interdisciplinary, calling upon the arts and humanities as well as the social sciences to provide a variety of perspectives from which to interrogate complex questions of women, gender and sexuality.

In keeping with the Brandeis ethos, our program has a strong emphasis on social engagement and social justice, encouraging learning in the classroom and creating change in the community. Our faculty will be remarkably supportive of both your academics and your activism.

Academics and Research

Student and Faculty Excellence

Outside the Classroom

Graduate Study, Careers and Alumni

“My education in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies has taught me to think in nuanced, creative and innovative ways as a Black feminist, activist and art historian. Thanks to the Brandeis WGS program, I have a critical framework to engage power and justice that can be brought to any social issue or profession. ”

Alexandra M. Thomas '18