Gender Studies

  • IMG - Lang Gender Sexuality

    Explore a central facet of identity that profoundly influences the structures of society. Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary area of study that draws its courses from across the university and features substantial public programming and opportunities to explore gender through the arts.

    The meaning of gender is changeable and is renegotiated over time. In Gender Studies courses, you'll investigate

    • The history of feminist thought and action
    • Social justice, labor issues, and global politics
    • Studies of masculinity
    • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender studies
    • Queer theory
    • The intersections of gender with race, class, and sexuality
    • International gender scholarship from the last four decades

    For students who are deeply invested in issues of social justice—and aren’t afraid to question or act—courses in Gender Studies offer a way to understand the ideologies, social patterns, and images that shape our world.

    All Lang students can take designated courses in Gender Studies to supplement their major course of study. Those majoring in Liberal Arts can explore Gender Studies as a guided area of study; all others may elect to minor in Gender Studies.

    The University and New York City

    Gender Studies courses are offered throughout The New School, and many classes draw on the resources of New York City. New York City Activists and Their Worlds, for example, is a project-based course that focuses on movements and groups concerned with race, gender, and social justice.

    Each year, public events addressing issues in the field are created collaboratively with the input of students and faculty in the Gender Studies community. A recent event featured the renowned Brooklyn-based artist Wangechi Mutu. The 2014 Gender Studies Exhibition in the University Center showcased student work across media, including photography, paintings, and documentary video.

    Career Paths

    In Gender Studies courses, you'll learn to write and think critically about gender, and you’ll gain skills such as research, presentation, and problem solving that can be applied to a wide range of careers, including advocacy or social services-related positions, community development, business, and government.