Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Studies of

Brief Description of Concentration

Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Studies ofThe concentration in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS) brings together a wide range of academic fields in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences (including history, literature, visual studies, anthropology, sociology, ethnic studies, political science, psychology, and biology, to name just a few). As an interdisciplinary field of study, WGS pays close attention to how social norms have changed over time and how they vary across cultures. The concentration also actively investigates the ways in which ideas about gender and sexuality have shaped public policy, civil rights, health care, religion, education and the law, as well as the depiction of women and men in art, literature, and the popular media. WGS courses are characterized by a strong commitment to critical thinking, as well as a spirit of open and sustained intellectual inquiry.

Learning Objectives

WGS provides students with a rigorous grounding in the theory and methodology of gender and sexuality studies, helping students hone their skills in critical analysis, close reading, and effective research and writing. 

Undergraduate Peer Advisers? https://wgs.fas.harvard.edu/people/people-terms/peer-advisers

WGS Peer Advisers are current concentrators who provide advice and guidance to prospective and new concentrators and who help promote concentration events and programming. If you are a current or prospective student considering WGS, Peer Advisers are happy to discuss their experience in the concentration.

Gateway Courses

FALL 2021

  • GENED 1130: “Power to the People: Black Power, Radical Feminism, and Gay Liberation” (Bronski)
  • WOMGEN 97:  "Sophomore Tutorial" (Schlossberg)
  • WOMGEN 1127: “Beyond the Sound Bite” (Jardine) 


  • GENED 1127: “Gender and Science” (Richardson) 
  • GENED ##: “LGBT Lives” (Schlossberg) 
  • WOMGEN 97:  "Sophomore Tutorial" (Bronski)
  • WOMGEN 1225: “Leaning In, Hooking Up: Visions of Feminism and Femininity in the 21st Century” (Thompson)
  • WOMGEN 1274: “Gender, Race, and Poverty in the United States” (Mtshali)