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Field of Study: Women's Studies


Gender studies programs focus on gender issues in history, politics, and cultural life.



Gender studies programs include topics such as:

  • Feminist theory
  • Race and social class
  • Gay and lesbian issues
  • Women's movements
  • Philosophy
  • Political science
  • Public policy

Many colleges and universities offer interdisciplinary bachelor's degrees in gender studies. Interdisciplinary programs combine courses from several college departments. In gender studies it may be history, art, sociology, and economics.

In gender studies, students may be able to specialize in:

  • Women's studies
  • Gay and lesbian studies

Community colleges and other 2-year schools offer associate degree programs. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees programs in gender studies. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Several universities offer graduate degrees in gender studies. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.