Gender and Sexuality Studies
Gender and Sexuality Studies has a long and rich history at Princeton. Established in 1982 as Women’s Studies, the program was renamed Gender and Sexuality Studies in 2011 to reflect the trajectory and expanded reach of teaching and scholarship among Princeton faculty and in the field more generally. Faculty and students in the program are dedicated to the study of gender and sexuality in their complex articulation with race, ethnicity, class, disability, religion, nationality, and other intersections of identity, power, and politics.
The graduate certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSS) offers graduate students who are writing Ph.D. dissertations that engage issues of gender and sexuality to receive a formal credential in Gender and Sexuality Studies. The certificate will appear on the student’s official transcript after all requirements for the certificate have been fulfilled and a graduate degree has been awarded. Students who earn the certificate are also entitled to list the credential on their curriculum vitae.
The director of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies administers the certificate program.
The GSS graduate certificate program is open to Princeton University graduate students currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the university. Students cannot be admitted to Princeton University through the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies as it is not a degree program. Students who are interested in pursuing the GSS graduate certificate are encouraged to meet with the GSS director to discuss their plans before registering. Students register by submitting a form to the GSS program manager, preferably in their first or second year, but no later than the end of their fourth year.
Students pursuing the GSS graduate certificate must complete at least two graduate-level courses offered by or cross-listed with GSS, or approved by the program director as a course that meaningfully engages gender and sexuality studies. The following are guiding principles for course selection:
- If a department requires degree students to take a certain number of core courses, these cannot be taken to meet the course requirement towards the certificate in GSS.
- Beyond “core courses,” if a department requires a designated number of electives, students can use those electives to meet the course requirement for the certificate in GSS.
- Of the two graduate-level courses, at least one must be outside the student’s home department.
All students pursuing the GSS graduate certificate are also required to attend the GSS work-in-progress series for at least four semesters. The GSS work-in-progress series helps students develop fluency in GSS theory and methods; it also fosters scholarly community among GSS faculty and graduate students. Attendance is monitored to ensure that students have met this requirement.
Additionally, students pursuing the GSS graduate certificate must also participate in the student-led graduate colloquium for at least four semesters, which meets several times per semester, and they must present a dissertation chapter or conference paper based on their dissertation research at that colloquium, and once serve as a commentator on another graduate student’s work in progress.
Graduate students pursing the GSS graduate certificate must complete a Ph.D. dissertation that substantively integrates questions, concerns, and/or methodologies central to gender and sexuality studies, as certified by the program director. To help ensure that this requirement is met, at least one member of the student’s dissertation committee, either a reader or an examiner, must be an affiliated member of the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Elizabeth M. Armstrong
Tera W. Hunter
Gayle M. Salamon
Dara Z. Strolovitch
Stacy E. Wolf
Dara Z. Strolovitch
Courses listed below are graduate-level courses that have been approved by the program’s faculty as well as the Curriculum Subcommittee of the Faculty Committee on the Graduate School as permanent course offerings. Permanent courses may be offered by the department or program on an ongoing basis, depending on curricular needs, scheduling requirements, and student interest. Not listed below are undergraduate courses and one-time-only graduate courses, which may be found for a specific term through the Registrar’s website. Also not listed are graduate-level independent reading and research courses, which may be approved by the Graduate School for individual students.