The Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program is one of the first interdisciplinary programs at William & Mary. It was founded in 1991 as Women's Studies, and renamed in 2013. Around twenty students each year graduate with a B.A. in GSWS. Our alumni go on to careers in non-profits, law, government, teaching, and academia.
We offer a major and minor, and encourage all students to engage with our program. Our courses span the humanities and social sciences. Many of our courses are discussion-centered, and all are inter-disciplinary. Our students become agile thinkers who can move beyond restrictive boundaries.
In the classroom, you will examine current scholarship and learn to recognize and challenge perspectives in which women and LGBTIQ people are absent or peripheral. You will examine cultural assumptions about gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
Outside of class, you will be able to apply the knowledge you gain from the classroom as you move through the world. You will learn to expand on current understanding and undertake your own research projects. And we will point you to opportunities to use your knowledge effectively to engage in activism.
Internships are a vibrant part of the GSWS experience. You may complete an internship for academic credit with a local community organization.
We invite a significant GSWS scholar each spring for the annual Minnie Braithwaite Lecture. We also have a brownbag discussion series in which a faculty member or student shares his or her research in a friendly, informal setting.