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Study of Women & Gender

Archival photo of women marching for reproductive rights

The Program for the Study of Women and Gender examines gender, race, class and sexuality as important and simultaneous aspects of social worlds and human lives. Students examine the construction and operation of power relations, social inequalities and resistances to them in national, transnational, cultural, historical and political contexts.

As an interdisciplinary endeavor, the program looks at how different academic disciplines view the operation of gender in the labor market, the family, political systems and cultural production. The study of women and gender is joined to an understanding of the forms of activism around the globe.

Photo above: March on Washington for Women's Reproductive Rights, Washington, D.C. (circa 1989 or 1992)
Loretta J. Ross Papers, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College


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Check out what is going on inside and outside of the classroom in the SWG fall 2018 newsletter.

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Carrie Baker Publishes New Book

SWG Director Carrie N. Baker has published her new book, Fighting the US Youth Sex Trade: Gender, Race and Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Marcela Rodrigues ’20 Publishes on the Ms. Magazine Blog

Congratulations to Marcela, who has published two blogs about the Brazilian elections.

Darcy Buerkle Publishes in Gender & History

SWG Advisory Committee Member Darcy Buerkle published the article "The Nun's Story: True in Its Essentials"  in Gender & History (October 2018).

Claire Haug '20 to be one of the student contributors for the NY Times The Edit.

Congratulations to Claire, she was chosen from over 20,000 submissions!! Read Claire's first and second feature.

Carrie Baker Publishes in Feminist Formations

Read her article “Teaching to Empower” in the current issue.


Not every course that is cross-listed in the program or taught by SWG faculty will address all of these goals for the major in the Study of Women and Gender, but we expect that every graduating senior will have engaged these concepts and ways of thinking more than once during the course of the major. The goals of the major are to:

  • Understand the social construction of familiar or naturalized categories, while also acknowledging that these social constructions have real effects in subordinating groups and in marking bodies.
  • Understand and be able to apply the concept of intersectionality—a dynamic analysis of how the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, nationality, and other aspects of identity mutually and simultaneously constitute structures, social processes, ideologies and representations in the complex, multidimensional power hierarchies of society.
  • Analyze social change and understand agency and resistance.
  • Engage theory, read and write about theoretical texts, and recognize that theory emerges from different disciplinary locations.
  • Examine historical periods and beliefs different from the current moment.
  • Analyze forms of representation and discourse as they shape experience and shape our understanding of ourselves and of the world.
  • Approach problems and questions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
  • Engage in systemic analysis with attention to institutional and economic structures of power.
  • Understand theories of transnational, postcolonial and diasporic studies.
  • Understand feminist pedagogy and ethics of knowledge production.


All members of the Program Committee for the Study of Women and Gender serve as advisers for the major and minor.

Requirements for the Major

The major requires the completion of 10 semester courses, including at least two 300-level seminars, totaling 40 credit hours. These courses shall comprise SWG prefix courses and department-based courses chosen from a list of possibilities compiled yearly by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. These courses must include: 

1. SWG 150 Introduction to the Study of Women and Gender (normally taken in the first or second year; may not be elected S/U)
2. One course with a queer studies focus
3. One course with a race and ethnicity studies focus
4. One course with a transnational, postcolonial or diasporic studies focus
5. Four courses with the SWG prefix, including 150 and one 300-level seminar
6. Two 300-level courses (total)

A single course can be used to fill more than one of these requirements. Transfer students are expected to complete at least half of their major (or five courses) at Smith (or with approved Five College courses). Students with double majors may count a maximum of three courses toward both majors.

In the senior year, a student will complete a statement reflecting on the connections among the courses in their major. The senior statement and SWG advising checklist are due to the faculty adviser by the Friday prior to spring break.


All members of the Program Committee for the Study of Women and Gender serve as advisers for the major and minor.

Requirements for the Minor

The minor requires the completion of six semester courses, totaling 24 credit hours from SWG-prefix courses or cross-listed courses.  These courses must include:

1. SWG 150, Introduction to the Study of Women and Gender (normally taken in the first or second year, and which may not be elected S/U)
2. One course with a queer studies focus
3. One course with a race and ethnicity studies focus
4. One course with a transnational, postcolonial, or diasporic studies focus

A single course can be used to fill more than one of these requirements.  Minors are strongly encouraged to elect at least one course at the 300 level.

Honors Requirements

A student may honor in SWG by completing an 8-credit, two-semester thesis in addition to the 10 courses in the major and fulfilling all the general requirements. Eligibility of students for honors work, and supervision and evaluation of the thesis, are determined by the Program Committee for the Study of Women and Gender.

SWG 430D Honors Project
An 8-credit, two-semester thesis in addition to the 10 courses that fulfill the major. Eligibility requirements for honors work, and supervision and evaluation of the thesis are determined by the Program Committee for the Study of Women and Gender.
Credits: 4
Members of the department
Normally offered each academic year


Special Studies

SWG 400 Special Studies 
For qualified juniors and seniors. Admission by permission of the instructor and director of the program. No more than 4 special studies credits may be taken in any academic year and no more than 8 special studies credits total may be applied toward the major. Credits: 1-4 
Members of the department 
Normally offered each academic year 


Fall 2018 SWG Courses

For detailed information, see the Smith College Course Catalog.

SWG 150 Introduction to the Study of Women and Gender 
An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of the study of women and gender through a critical examination of feminist histories, issues and practices. Focus on the U.S. with some attention to the global context. Primarily for first- and second-year students, the course includes lecture and discussion, and students are assigned to sections. {H} {S} Credits: 4
Kelly P. Anderson
Jennifer M. DeClue

SWG 200 The Queer ’90s 
In this course we will immerse ourselves in the 1990s, looking specifically at the emergences and points of contention that made the ‘90s a queer, radical, deeply contested decade.The Queer 90s examines the moment in lesbian and gay studies when the recuperation of the term “queer” emerged. By engaging with the readings and films assigned in this course students will gain an understanding of the AIDS crisis and the rage that mobilized ACT UP. Students will learn what the Culture Wars, Welfare Reform, and the conservative attacks against the National Endowment for the Arts have to do with one another. In order to grasp the charged feeling, the urgency, the upheaval of this era we will read foundational queer theoretical texts and analyze a selection of films from the movement known as New Queer Cinema. Prerequisite: SWG 150. {A} {H} {L} Credits: 4
Jennifer M. DeClue 

SWG 234 Feminist Science Studies: Postcolonial, Posthuman, Queer
Feminist science studies is a rich and diverse interdisciplinary field with genealogies in science practice, history, social sciences, and philosophy. Science studies has been a vital resource to feminist, queer, critical race, postcolonial, and disability theory and has also been profoundly shaped and extended by work in these fields. This class introduces core epistemological interventions and innovations in feminist and postcolonial science studies in order to frame readings of exciting new and classics works in the field. In particular we will explore themes of post/colonialism, posthumanism, and the queer. {H} {N} {S} Credits: 4
Angie Wiley and Jennifer Hamilton

SWG 222 Gender, Law and Policy
This course explores the impact of gender on law and policy in the United States historically and today, focusing in the areas of constitutional equality, employment, education, reproduction, the family, violence against women, and immigration. We study constitutional and statutory law as well as public policy. Some of the topics we will cover are sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination, pregnancy/caregiver discrimination, pay equity, sexual harassment, school athletics, marriage, sterilization, contraception and abortion, reproductive technologies, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and gender-based asylum. We will study feminist efforts to reform the law and examine how inequalities based on gender, race, class and sexuality shape the law. We also discuss and debate contemporary policy and future directions. {H} {S} Credits: 4 
Carrie N. Baker 

SWG 227 Feminist & Queer Disability Studies
In the essay “A Burst of Light: Living with Cancer,” writer-activist Audre Lorde forges pioneering connections between the work of social justice and the environmental, gendered, and healthcare inequities that circumscribe black and brown lives. Following Lorde’s intervention, this course examines contemporary feminist/ queer expressive culture, writing, and theory that centrally engages the category of dis/ability. It will familiarize students with feminist and queer scholarship that resists the medical pathologization of embodied difference; foreground dis/ ability’s intersections with questions of race, class, and nation; and ask what political and social liberation might look like when able-bodiedness is no longer privileged. {A}{L} Credits: 4
Jina Boyong Kim

SWG 318 Women Against Empire 
Anti-imperialist movements across the globe in the 20th century carried with them multiple projects for the liberation and equality of people. These movements sought to build sovereign nations independent of colonial power and to develop radically new social orders. For women in these movements, the problem of empire had complex regional and local inflections that began with the politics of reproduction. This course will look at three sites of women’s involvement contesting empire: first, the struggles of anti-imperial movements, second, women in the nationalist movements after formal independence and third, women’s movements in the current age of empire that has developed alongside the stealth of economic globalization and remote-control warfare. Prerequisite SWG 150 and permission of the instructor. {H} {S} Credits: 4
Elisabeth Brownell Armstrong

SWG 333 Sexual Harrassment and Social ChangeThis course is an interdisciplinary examination of sexual harassment and assault historically and today in a variety of locations, including the workplace, schools, the home, the military, and on the street. We will explore the emergence and evolution of social movements against sexual harassment and assault, and how these movements advanced law and public policy on these issues in the United States. A central focus will be on how relations of power based on gender, race, class, sexuality, age, disability, and nationality shape people’s experiences of sexual harassment and assault and their responses to it. {H}{S} Credits: 4
Carrie N. Baker

Spring 2019 SWG Courses

For detailed information, see the Smith College Course Catalog.

SWG 100 Issues in Queer Studies
This course introduces students to issues raised by and in the emerging interdisciplinary field of queer studies. Through a series of lectures by Smith faculty members and invited guests, students learn about subject areas, methodological issues and resources in queer studies. May not be repeated for credit. Graded S/U only. {H}{L}{S} Credits: 2
Kelly Anderson

SWG 150 Introduction to the Study of Women and Gender 
An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of the study of women and gender through a critical examination of feminist histories, issues and practices. Focus on the U.S. with some attention to the global context. Primarily for first- and second-year students, the course includes lecture and discussion, and students are assigned to sections. {H} {S} Credits: 4
Elisabeth Armstrong
Jina Kim

SWG 238 International Feminist Political Economy and Activism
Flickers of global finance capital across computer screens cannot compare to the travel preparations of women migrating from rural homes to work at computer chip factories. Yet both movements, of capital and people, constitute vital facets of globalization in our current era. This course centers on the political linkages and economic theories that address the politics of women, gender relations and capitalism. We will research social movements that challenge the raced, classed and gendered inequities, and the costs of maintaining order. We will assess the alternatives proposed by social movements like the landless workers movement (MST) in Brazil, and economic shifts like the workers cooperative movement. Assignments include community-based research on local and global political movements, short papers, class-led discussions & written reflections. {S} Credits:4
Elisabeth Armstrong

SWG 270 Colloquium: Oral History and Lesbian Subjects 
Grounding our work in the current scholarship in lesbian history, this course explores lesbian, queer and bisexual communities, cultures and activism. While becoming familiar with the existing narratives about lesbian/queer lives, students are introduced to the method of oral history as a key documentation strategy in the production of lesbian history. What are the gaps in the literature and how can oral history assist in filling in the spaces? What does a historical narrative that privileges categories of gender and sexuality look like? And how do we need to adapt our research methods, including oral history, in order to talk about lesbian/queer lives? Our texts include secondary literature on 20th-century lesbian cultures and communities, oral history theory and methodology, and primary sources from the Sophia Smith Collection (SSC). Students conduct, transcribe, edit and interpret their own interviews for their final project. The oral histories from this course are archived with the Documenting Lesbian Lives collection in the SSC. Enrollment limited to 20. {H} {L} Credits: 4 
Kelly Anderson

SWG 271 Colloquium: Reproductive Justice
This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of reproductive health, rights and justicerin the United States, examining history, activism, law, policy, and public discourses related to reproduction. A central framework for analysis is how gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, disability and nationality intersect to shape people’s experiences of reproductive oppression and their resistance strategies. Topics include eugenics and the birth control movement; the reproductive rights and justice movements; U.S. population control policies; criminalization of pregnant people; fetal personhood and birth parents’ citizenship; the medicalization of reproduction; reproductive technologies; the influence of disability, incarceration and poverty on pregnancy and parenting; the anti-abortion movement; and reproductive coercion and violence.  Prerequisite SWG 150 or permission of the instructor.  {S} Credits: 4 
Carrie Baker

SWG 290 Gender, Sexuality and Popular Culture
In this course we will consider the manner in which norms of gender and sexuality are reflected, reinforced, and challenged in popular culture. We use theories of knowledge production, representation, and meaning-making to support our analysis of the relationship between discourse and power; our engagement with these theoretical texts helps us track this dynamic as it emerges in popular culture. Key queer theoretical concepts provide a framework for examining how the production gender and sexuality impacts cultural production. Through our critical engagement with a selection of films, music, television, visual art, and digital media we will discuss mainstream conventions and the feminist, queer, and queer of color interventions that enliven the landscape of popular culture with which we contend in everyday life.
Prerequisite: SWG 150 or permission of the instructor. Credits:4
Jennifer DeClue

SWG 314 Seminar: Documenting Queer Lives
This course examines visual and literary documentations of queer life by reading memoirs and screening short and feature length documentaries films. We consider the power and value of documenting queer lives while examining the politics of visibility as impacted by race, class and gender. We will attend to the expansiveness of the term “queer” and consider the performativity of gender and the fluidity of sexuality in our analysis of each text. Students will produce a short film, write a short biography or propose another mode of documenting experiences of queer life as members of, or in solidarity with, the LGBT community. Prerequisites: SWG 150 and one additional SWG course. Enrollment limit of 12. Credits: 4 {A}{L}
Jennifer DeClue

Fall 2018 Cross-Listed Courses

For detailed information, see the Smith College Course Catalog.

AFR 249 Black Women Writers
Daphne M. Lamothe

AFR 360 Seminar: Toni Morrison
Flavia Santos De Araujo

AMS 240 Introduction to Disability Studies
Sarah Orem

AMS 351 Seminar: Writing About American Society Writing Women
Susan C Faludi

ANT 267 Contemporary South Asia
Pinky Hota

CLT 239 Intimacy in Contemporary ChineseWomen’s Fiction

EAL 239 Intimacy in Contemporary Chinese Women’s Fiction

EAL 242 Modern Japanese Literature
Kimberly Kono

EAL 261 Gender and Sexuality in Late Imperial Chinese Literature

ENG 223 Contemporary American Gothic LiteratureAndrea Stephanie Stone

ENG 224 Frankenstein: The Making of a Monster
Lily Gurton-Wachter

ENG 323 Seminar: Toni Morrison
Flavia Santos De Araujo

ESS 240 Exercise and Sport for Social Change
Erica S Tibbetts

FYS 124 Writers and the Body: Health and Illness in African Diasporic Women's Literature
Andrea Stone

FYS 179 Rebellious Women
Kelly P. Anderson

FYS 184 Educating Women: A History and Sociology, at Home and Abroad
Rosetta Marantz Cohen

FRN 320 Women Defamed, Women Defended
Eglal Doss-Quinby

GOV 224 Colloquium: Globalization From an Islamic Perspective
Bozena C. Welborne

GOV 367 Seminar in Political Theory Politics, Wealth and Inequality
Gary L. Lehring

HST 253 (L) Women and Gender in Contemporary Europe
Darcy C. Buerkl

HST 259 (C) Aspects of African History Femininities, Masculinities and Sexualities in Africa
Jeffrey S. Ahlman

HST 265 (L) Citizenship in the United States, 1776-1861

HST 267 (L) United States since 1877

HST 355 Seminar: Topics in Social History Women and WWI: The Smith Relief Uni
Jennifer L. Hall-Witt

IDP 320 Seminar on Global Learning: Women’s Health in India, Including Tibetans Living in Exile  
Leslie Richard Jaffe

JUD 253 Queer Jews 
Golan Moskowitz

PSY 265 Colloquium: Political Psychology
Lauren E. Duncan

PSY 266 Colloquium: Psychology of Women and Gender
Randi Garcia

SOC 214 Sociology of Hispanic Caribbean Communities in the United States
Ginetta E. B. Candelario

SOC 229 Sex and Gender in American Society
William Cory Albertson

SOC 239 How Power Works
Marc William Steinberg

SOC 317 Seminar: Inequality in Higher Education
Tina Wildhagen

SPN 230 Latin American and Iberian Culture and Society Families in Spanish Cinema: Concepts, Theories and Representations
Adrian A Gras-Velazque

SPN 230 Latin American and Iberian Culture and Society Creative Writing of Spain By and For Women
Reyes Lazaro

SPN 250 Iberian Cultural History Sex and the Medieval City
Ibtissam Bouachrine

S SPN 260 Latin American Cultural History Decolonizing Latin American Literature
Michelle Joffroy

THE 319 Shamans, Shapeshifters and the Magic If
Andrea D. Hairston

Spring 2019 Cross-Listed Courses

AFR 155 Introduction to Black Women’s Studies
Flavia Santos De Araujo

AFR 212 Family Matters:Representations, Policy and the Black Family
Diana Ashley Burnett

AFR 289 Race, Feminism and Resistance in Movements for Social Change
Samuel Galen Ng

AFR 366  Seminar: Contemporary Topics in Africana Studies Afro-Brazilian Culture
Flavia Santos De Araujo

AMS 201 Introduction to the Study of American Society and Culture
Christen Mucher, Kevin L. Rozario

AMS 220 Colloquium Dance, Music, Sex, Romance
Steve Waksman

AMS 241 Disability in Popular Culture
Sarah Orem

ANT 267 Contemporary South Asia
Pinky Hota 

ART 278 Race and Gender in History of Photography
Emma R. Silverman

ART 291 Topics in Art History Intersectional Feminisms in American Art, 1900 to Present
Emma Silverman

CLT 230 “Unnatural” Women: Mothers Who Kill their Children
Thalia A. Pandiri

EAL 244 Japanese Women’s Writing
Kimberly Kono

ENG 273 01 Bloomsbury and Sexuality
Cornelia D.J. Pearsall, Lise A. Sanders

ENG 275 Witches, Witchcraft and Witch Hunts
Michael T. Thurston

FMS 261 Video Games and the Politics of Play
Jennifer C. Malkowski

FRN 230 Colloquium in French Studies Consumers, Culture and the French Department Store
Jonathan Keith Gosnell

FRN 230 Colloquium in French Studies Women Writers of Africa and the Caribbean
Dawn Fulton

GOV 233 Problems in Political Development
Anna Kapambwe Mwaba

GOV 267 Problems in Democratic Thought
Gary L. Lehring

HST 270 Aspects of American History Gender and US Imperialism
Holger Droessler

HST 371 Seminar: Problems in 19th-Century United States History Remembering Slavery: A Gendered Reading of the WPA Interviews
Elizabeth S. Pryor

IDP 208 Women’s Medical Issues
Leslie Richard Jaffe

ITL 344 Senior Seminar: Italian Women Writers Women in Italian Society: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Giovanna Bellesia

LAS 244 Feminisms and Women's Movements: Latin American Women's and Latinas' Pursuit of Social Justice
Ginetta E. B. Candelario

PSY 374 Psychology of Political Activism
Lauren E. Duncan

REL 226 Gender, Power and Bioethics in Rabbinic Literature

SOC 216 Social Movements
Marc William Steinberg

SOC 237 Gender and Globalization
Payal Banerjee

SOC 244 Feminisms and Women's Movements: Latin American Women's and Latinas' Pursuit of Social Justice
Ginetta E. B. Candelario

SOC 253 Sociology of Sexuality: Institutions, Identities and Cultures
William Cory Albertson

SOC 323 Gender and Social Change Gender, Sexuality and Social Movements in Conservative Times
Nancy E. Whittier

SOC 327 Seminar: Global Migration in the 21st Century
Payal Banerjee


Ph.D. Programs

United States

Arizona State University, Ph.D. in gender studies

Claremont Graduate University (Claremont, CA) Ph.D. and M.A. in women's studies in religion

Emory University (Atlanta, GA) Ph.D. in women's studies

Indiana University, Bloomington Ph.D. in gender studies

Ohio State University, Ph.D. and M.A. in women's, gender and sexuality studies

Oregon State University, Ph.D. women's, gender and sexuality studies

Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) Ph.D. in women's and gender studies

Stony Brook University (Stony Brook, NY) Ph.D in women's and gender and sexuality studies

Texas Woman's University Ph.D. in Multi-cultural Women's and Gender Studies

University of Arizona Ph.D. in gemder and women's studies

University of Buffalo Ph.D Global Gender Studies

University of California, Los Angeles Ph.D. in gender studies

University of California, Santa Barbara Ph.D. in feminist studies

University of California, Santa Cruz Ph.D. in feminist studies

University of Kansas, Lawrence Ph.D. in women, gender, and sexuality studies

University of Kentucky, Lexington Ph.D. in women's studies

University of Iowa, Iowa City Ph.D. in women's, gender and sexuality studies

University of Maryland, College Park Ph.D. and M.A. in women's studies

University of Michigan joint Ph.D. programs in women's studies and English, History, Psychology, or Sociology

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (with Center for Advanced Feminist Studies) Ph.D. in women's, gender and sexuality studies

University of Washington, Seattle, Ph.D. and M.A. in gender, women's and sexuality studies


Central European University, Budapest M.A. and Ph.D. in gender studies (a Smith alum directs the program)

Josai International University Ph.D. and M.A. in women's studies

London School of Economics and Political Science, Gender Institute, England Ph.D. and M.Phil. in gender studies; M.Sc. in gender and social policy

Manchester University M.A. in women's studies

Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) Ph.D. and M.A. in women's studies

The Netherlands Research School of Women's Studies (NOV) Ph.D. in women's studies at six Dutch universities

Simon Fraser University (British Columbia, Canada) Ph.D. and M.A. in gender, sexuality and women's studies

University of Auckland, New Zealand M.A. and Ph.D. in gender studies

University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC, Canada) M.A. and Ph.D. administered by Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice

University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia) Ph.D. and M.A. in gender studies

University of Sussex (Brighton, UK) D.Phil. and M.A. programs in gender studies

University of Sydney (New South Wales, Australia) Ph.D. and M.A. (by research) in women's studies

University of Toronto (Women and Gender Studies Institute) Ph.D. (Doctoral Program in Women and Gender Studies (DWGS)) and M.A. programs

University of Warwick, England Ph.D. programs in women and gender; M.A. in interdisciplinary gender studies, gender and international development, or gender, literature and modernity

York University (Ontario, Canada) Ph.D. and M.A. in gender, feminist and women's studies

University of York (York, England) D.Phil., M.A., and M.Phil. programs in women's studies

Dual Degree J.D./M.A. Gender and Women's Studies Programs

George Washington University J.D./M.A. in women's studies

Pace University and Sarah Lawrence College J.D./M.A. in Women's History and Law

University of Arizona J.D./M.A. in women's studies

University of Cincinnati J.D./M.A. in women's studies

University of Florida J.D./M.A. in women's studies

Other Gender and Law Programs

American University Women and International Law Program L.L.M. in international legal studies with a specialization in gender and international law

For more information, including law schools with feminist journals and women’s rights clinics, see this listing (pdf).

"See also, "Second-Degree Feminism," Ms. Magazine (Fall 2014), p. 15."

M.A. Programs

United States

Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) M.A. in women's, gender and sexuality studies

Claremont Graduate University (Claremont, CA) interdisciplinary M.A. program in applied women's studies

Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA) M.A. in Africana women's studies

DePaul University (Chicago, IL) M.A. in women's and gender studies

Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI) M.A. of liberal studies in women's and gender studies (interdisciplinary)

Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL) M.A. and graduate certificate in women's studies

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies

George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) M.A. in women's studies; M.A. in public policy with a concentration in women's studies

Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA) M.A. in women's studies

Jewish Theological Seminary M.A. in Jewish women's studies

Loyola University, Chicago M.A. in women's studies, and a three-course graduate certificate; Mary Griffin Graduate Scholarship in WST available to one full-time graduate student in the program

Minnesota State University M.S. in women's studies

Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) M.A. in women's studies

Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL) M.A. and graduate certificate in women's and gender studies

San Diego State University (San Diego, CA) M.A. in women's studies

San Francisco State University M.A. in women's studies

Sarah Lawrence College (Bronxville, New York) M.A. in women's history

Simmons College (Boston, MA) Interdisciplinary M.A. program in gender/cultural studies

Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven M.A. in women's studies and a graduate certificate in women's studies

State University of New York, Albany M.A. in women's, gender sexuality studies

Texas Woman's University M.A. in Woman's Studies

Towson University (Maryland) M.S. in women's and gender studies

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa M.A. in women's studies

University of Cincinnati M.A. in women's studies

University of Florida M.A. and M.W.S. in gender, sexuality and women's studies

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Self-designed, interdisciplinary M.A. in women's studies

University of Louisville M.A. in women's and gender studies

University of Memphis interdisciplinary M.A. program in women's studies

University of North Carolina, Greensboro M.A. in women's and gender studies

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls M.A. in women's studies

University of South Florida, Tampa M.A. in women's studies

University of Texas, Austin M.A. in women's and gender studies

University of Wisconsin-Madison M.A. in women's studies/gender studies


Manchester University M.A. in women's politics and policy research

Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's (Newfoundland, Canada) M.A. in gender studies

Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax (Nova Scotia, Canada) M.A. in women's and gender studies offered jointly by Dalhousie, Mount Saint Vincent, and Saint Mary's universities

Oxford University (England) One-year interdisciplinary master's degree

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby (British Columbia, Canada) M.A. in women's and gender studies

Trinity College at University of Dublin The Centre for Women's Studies offers the M.Phil. in women's and gender studies, also welcomes applications from those wishing to do the M.Litt. and Ph.D. degrees, which are by research alone

University of Leeds Multiple post graguate programs at the master's and Ph.D. levels in women's, gender and sexuality studies in an multiple contexts

University of Nijmegen (Netherlands) M.A. degree specializations, including feminist theology

University of Ottawa (Canada) Collaborative Program in women's studies at the master's level

University of Toronto (Canada) Graduate collaborative program in women's studies, M.A. and Ph.D.

University of Western Ontario (Canada) M.A. in women's studies and feminist research

University of Wollongong (Australia) M.A. in women's studies

University of York (England) Stand-alone M.A. in women's studies. Also offers M.A. in women's studies by research and an M.Sc in women, development and administration


Carrie Baker

All students should work with their academic adviser to define their academic goals for study abroad before meeting with the SWG study abroad adviser.


Minimum eligibility for study abroad: 3.0 GPA (some programs require higher) and program approval from your SWG adviser.

Study Abroad Programs

See the Office for International Study for Smith-approved programs.

Annual SWG Prizes

The Jeanne McFarland and Valeria Dean Burgess Stevens Prizes are awarded annually by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and the Project on Women and Social Change for excellent work in the study of women and gender.

The Schuster Van Dyne Prize in Queer Studies is awarded annually by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender for excellent work in queer studies.

The Meg Quigley Prize is awarded annually for the best work in SWG 150 Introduction to the Study of Women and Gender.


Items that cannot be submitted electronically may be submitted in hard copy to the program office, Seelye 207b.

Winners are notified by the dean of the college in writing and are announced on Commencement weekend at Last Chapel and at Convocation in the fall.

  • Cover sheet must accompany all submissions.
  • Each student may submit no more than one paper (total) to the program for consideration in any given year.
  • Manuscripts on any aspect of the study of women and gender may be of any length and may have been previously submitted for courses.
  • Creative pieces or portfolios as well as analytic essays are appropriate for submission.
  • If your paper is a research paper, or one that uses sources, please be sure to cite those sources in an approved fashion (i.e., include footnotes and bibliography where appropriate). Include a brief description of the original assignment or reason for the paper (instructor, class, paragraph describing the assignment, etc.). Papers will be read and evaluated by a multidisciplinary committee, the members of which will not necessarily be aware of the context in which the paper was originally presented.
  • All papers should be paginated (i.e., each page should be numbered consecutively).
  • Only clean, unmarked papers should be turned in (i.e., without teacher's comments or grades).  

Call 585-3390, e-mail or contact Carrie Baker

Recent Prize Winners


Jeanne McFarland Prize
Priscilla Semphere ’18
Molly McQuire ’18
Barker Tucker ’18
Katrina Schroeder ’19

Valeria Dean Burgess Stevens Prize
Samantha Stolar ’18
Gretta Donckers ’18
Izzy Owen ’18

The Schuster Van Dyne Prize in Queer Studies
Zarah Ferrari ’18

Meg Quigley Prize in Women's Studies
Emily Ehrensperger ’21
Christine Qian ’21


Valeria Dean Burgess Stevens Prize
Sam Davis ’17

Jeanne McFarland Prize
Marie Wilkins’18

Schuster Van Dyne Prize
Georgia Welch ’19
Emily Wallace ’17

Meg Quigley Prize
Sarah White’20



Quigley Research Fellowship

Quigley fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis to SWG majors in their junior year to enable majors to work one-on-one with SWG faculty. The paid research fellowships each enable majors to participate in ongoing or new projects as part of a faculty member’s research or development of SWG course materials.

Majors will learn valuable research tools that will prepare them for advanced work in seminars or to propose honors theses.

Each fellowship award is $1,000 paid research assistance (or about 100 hours). The fellowships are available only during the academic year, but may be either for a semester or for two semesters. For example, a fellowship might require a commitment of 10 hours of work per week for a semester, or five hours a week for the academic year. Faculty proposals will identify their preferred timeframe.

In early spring of their sophomore years, majors can apply for one or more of these fellowship opportunities, and rank their choices.

Quigley Proposals for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

Majors in the class of 2019 and 2020 may compete for a limited number of Quigley Research Fellowships for 2018–19. These paid research fellowships enable qualified juniors and seniors to work one-on-one with a faculty member in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender on a research or curricular project.

Peasant Organizing in Bengal, 1946–1950
Elisabeth Armstrong
In 1988, K. P. Bagchi of Kolkata published Adrienne Cooper’s Sharecropping and Sharecroppers’ Struggles in Bengal, 1930-1950. As a Marxist feminist, Cooper gave focus, in all of her interviews to the lives of rural women in the Tebhaga and Tonka struggles. Communists from that era—Abani Lahiri, Renu Chakravartty, Manikuntala Sen and Sunil Sen—have left us with powerful testimonies about being communist militants in Bengal during the British-induced famine that tore apart the lives of the rural poor in the early 1940s. What Adrienne Cooper provides, in addition to these books, is her 180 interviews of peasants and peasant organizers about their lives and their struggles. She collected these stories between 1976 and 1978 from across West Bengal and Bangladesh with support from movements in both countries. These interviews are a precious record of the memories of those peasant communists who developed and sustained struggles in the countryside. The work for this project is two-fold: to create a digital archive of these interviews and to transcribe her interview notes. We will be working with organizers from the All India Kisan Sabha and Adrienne Cooper during this project, so building thoughtful communication linkages will also be an important part of this research.
Full year, 5 hours a week.

Women's Rights Journalism
Carrie Baker
This position will involve assistance in writing blogs and articles for Ms. Magazine on a range of current issues, including reproductive justice, sexual harassment and assault, and sex discrimination in employment and education. Responsibilities will include research, transcription of interviews, editing and social media promotion. This position provides opportunities to co-write articles for publication.
Full year, 5 hours a week.

Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism
(2 Fellowships)
Ginetta Candelario

The Quigley fellowship involves research assistance to the editor and staff of the journal Meridians, feminism, race, transnationalism. Work will include providing background information on various subjects published by the journal; helping to assess published essays for possible use in the undergraduate curriculum; and learning publishing-related tasks that will help the fellow to understand how to edit and/or prepare a scholarly journal for publication. Other tasks may include organizing information for the author/subject database and other general clerical needs of the journal. Students applying should be interested in the publishing process as well as the journal content and have sufficient technical skills to perform the required tasks.
(2) Full year, 5 hours a week.

Reproductive Justice Project
Joyce Follet 
This Quigley fellow will assist in creating a digital toolkit on the histories of women of color organizing for reproductive health, rights and justice in the U.S. The toolkit is intended for use by movement leaders, who will participate in the project’s development. The work will draw upon the student’s interests and experience and will build skills in:

  1. public history and digital scholarship
  2. secondary and primary research, including archival research in the Sophia Smith Collection
  3. digital project management, including organizing audiovisual and other materials
  4. collaboration with community partners.

Full year, 5 hours a week.

How to Apply

To apply, submit a description of your interests, prior course work and research skills that qualify you for the fellowship of your choice on the application form below (if applying for more than one project, a separate form must be submitted for each).

You may apply for more than one project, but you may only receive a single fellowship for work with a single faculty member as a Quigley fellow (up to a maximum of 10-hours-a-week for one semester*, five-hours-a-week over two semesters, or a more intensive hourly work schedule over interterm, depending on faculty member's needs.)

*Accepting a 10-hour a week Quigley Fellowship means you may not hold another full-time campus job or STRIDE position.


Quigley forms must be emailed to Rachel Siegel by March 23. First priority will be given to SWG majors in the class of 2019 and 2020.


SWG Alumnae Network

SWG alumnae and current majors are welcome to search our SWG alumnae database. 

  • Current majors can identify alumnae who have worked in their fields of interest or who have done graduate work or could provide tips about internships.
  • Alumnae can help prospective and current students see all that a major in women's and gender studies has mattered and catch up with what classmates have been doing.
  • Members can create a profile and make information available for others to search (you control what information appears in search results).


Program for the Study of Women & Gender

Seelye Hall 207B
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-3390

Director: Carrie Baker
Administrative Coordinator: Rachel Siegel

Individual appointments can be arranged directly with the faculty.