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Gender and Sexuality Studies Institute
6 East 16th Street, Room 1019
New York, NY 10003

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The Gender and Sexualities Studies Institute brings together faculty and students from across the university involved with the Gender and Sexuality Studies graduate certificate and the Gender Studies undergraduate minor, as well as those teaching or taking courses in the history of feminist thought and action; masculinity studies; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender studies; and queer theory.

The Gender Studies minor

The Gender Studies minor is offered through Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts but is a university wide initiative.

In this interdisciplinary program, students look at the culturally constructed idea of sex difference in different contexts and the way gender and sexuality are renegotiated over time. Students explore a central facet of identity that profoundly influences the structures of society. Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary area of study that draws its courses from across the university and features substantial public programming and opportunities to explore gender through the arts. In Gender Studies Minor, you investigate:

  • The history of feminist thought and action
  • Social justice, labor issues, and global politics
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender studies
  • Queer theory
  • Trans studies
  • Masculinity studies
  • The intersections of gender with race, class, and sexuality
  • International gender scholarship

For students who are deeply invested in issues of social justice, courses in Gender Studies offer a way to understand the ideologies, social patterns, and images that shape our world.

Learn more about the Gender Studies minor.

The Gender and Sexuality Studies Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies is a university-wide program that brings together faculty and courses from across The New School. The program is designed to foster intellectual collaboration on the study of gender and sexuality among students and faculty representing a variety of disciplines.

Learn to recognize and respond to questions such as: 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? How do we respond to gender-based claims of injustice? What does social justice look like in a gendered (or post-gendered) world?

The GSS certificate is one of the programs of the Gender and Sexualities Studies Institute, the institutional home for people pursuing gender studies across The New School. Your study of gender and sexuality will be shaped by unparalleled access to the renowned research resources, experts, and institutions of New York City, including:

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

Enroll in this certificate program as a one-year stand-alone program or as part of studies toward a graduate degree. Choose courses from a range of disciplines, including:

International Affairs
Liberal Studies
Media Studies
Creative Writing
Fashion Studies
Visual Studies
Art and Design History

The graduate certificate is an Advanced Certificate program open to students who have completed an undergraduate degree, and are interested in pursuing gender as a stand alone degree or in combination with another graduate programs. Learn more about the Gender and Sexuality Studies certificate.

Take The Next Step

Submit your application


To apply to any of our Bachelor's programs (Except the Bachelor's Program for Adult Transfer Students) complete and submit the Common App online.

Graduates and Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctural, Professional Studies Diploma, Graduates Certificate, or Associate's programs, or to apply to the Bachelor's Program for Adult and Transfer Students, complete and submit the New School Online Application.