Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, M.A.

The M.A. program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies has three interrelated areas of concentration:

  • Globalization
  • Sexuality studies
  • Social change

Our curriculum stands out for its emphasis on the intersections of gender and sexuality with race, nationalisms, ethnicity and transnationalism. We have a strong emphasis on queer theory and LGBTQ studies and the theory and practice of activism.

One distinction of our program is that students may complete one of three different kinds of theses:

  • Research Thesis: an originally researched topic that contributes to a new area of gender and sexuality studies scholarship
  • Creative Thesis: creative project in the arts, such as a play, an art exhibit or mixed-media work
  • Action Research Thesis: an internship with a local social justice-oriented organization or other form of community and/or activist engagement

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, M.A.

College of Arts & Sciences


Master of Arts Degree Requirements

  • Thirty hours of graduate coursework, 15 hours of which are required (WGSS 8001, WGSS 8002, WGSS 8003, WGSS 8004, and WGSS 8005) and 15 hours of coursework that may be chosen from the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality courses or from approved courses in other departments.
  • A minimum of six hours of Thesis Research (WGSS 8999).
  • A thesis, approved by a thesis committee.

For a listing of currently offered Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses, visit GoSOLAR.

For a complete list of graduate courses offered by the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, visit the Georgia State University Graduate Catalog.

Please note that in the case of any conflict of information, the Graduate Catalog supersedes the WGSS website.

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies M.A. graduates will be academically prepared to be scholars and practitioners in fields and/or career placements relevant to their core concerns.