The Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Students in the Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSS) program study gender and sexuality from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The program provides students with key theoretical and methodological approaches, and prepares them to recognize and respond to gender-based claims of injustice. It is designed to foster intellectual collaboration on issues of gender and sexuality amongst students and faculty across the university.

Open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree, the 12-credit gender and sexuality graduate certificate program offers students a structured approach to questions such as the following: What is gender? How is sexuality culturally constructed? How do attitudes toward gender affect individual experience, artifact design, artistic production and modes of social organization? What does social justice looks like in a gendered (or post-gendered) world?

The GSS Certificate welcomes New School students enrolled in graduate degree programs who want to deepen their knowledge of gender-related issues. Whether you’re exploring graduate school opportunities or furthering your career, the GSS Certificate offers a path to advancement.

The GSS curriculum consists of one core course and three electives, which can be chosen from a range of disciplines that includes:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • International Affairs
  • Philosophy
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Media Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Fashion Studies
  • Visual Studies
  • Art and Design History

Students who are accepted directly into the graduate certificate program can enroll on a full- or a part-time basis.

The University and New York City

The New School’s location in New York City offers students unparalleled access to acclaimed research, people, and institutions. Some of the city’s specialized resources include:

  • The Lesbian Herstory Archives
  • The Pat Parker/Vito Russo Center Library of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center
  • Bluestockings bookstore
  • The gay and lesbian and HIV/AIDS archival collections at the New York Public Library.  

Career Paths

Students who earn the Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies on its own or in addition to their primary graduate degree could pursue careers in academia, public policy, government, NGOs, nonprofit management, clinical psychology, and the practice or study of the arts, design, and fashion.

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