Program Details

Explore intersectionality and cutting-edge theory
Boston, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Liberal Arts & Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences

Program Overview

Program Description:

Our Gender/Cultural Studies program examines intersecting systems of power and privilege, and the ways in which race, ethnicity, nationality, class, gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation are constructed within the United States and in international contexts. We foster a supportive, stimulating environment with small class sizes, diverse student cohorts, faculty mentors and a flexible curriculum.

Utilizing an intersectional approach, students master theory and engage with research in feminism, poststructuralism, queer theory, race theory, cultural studies and postcolonialism, and practice multi-perspective, multi-factored theoretical analyses.

With access to an interdisciplinary curriculum, you'll choose from a wide range of courses based on your academic interests and professional goals. Our students draw insight and inspiration from Africana Studies, Children's Literature, Economics, Education, English, History, Philosophy, Public Policy, Sociology, and Women's and Gender Studies. Students also gain access to the dynamic team-taught course offerings and resources of the nine member institutions in the The Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality (The GCWS).

Drawing from coursework in the humanities and social sciences, the GCS program offers flexible paths of study to suit careers in higher education, healthcare, social services, schools, and non-profits. Our students are prepared to pursue doctoral studies across a range of disciplines, including Africana Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, English, Gender Studies, Race Studies, Sexuality Studies, Sociology, and Women's Studies.

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Financial Aid:
-A completed online application or paper application form -Current résumé -Statement of purpose that addresses the following questions: What are your reasons for applying to this program? What factors led you to select it? What areas of gender and cultural studies are of greatest interest to you? How does our interdisciplinary approach relate to the work that you hope to do in the program? -Two short answer questions -Two letters of recommendation from academic sources -A theory-based or analytical writing sample. If you do not have an appropriate sample available, please respond to the following prompt in no fewer than five pages: Research a theoretical perspective that you would like to explore more fully in the GCS program. You should think about why the perspective you have chosen is important, how it may link with or serve to critique other theoretical positions, and/or what practical implications may follow from the theory itself. -Official college transcripts from every college or university attended. Must include degree conferral. -TOEFL scores, if English is not the applicant's first language -Non-refundable application fee of $35 (payable to Simmons College)
International Requirements:
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required of all applicants whose first language is not English. The exam will be waived if the applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. institution. Officially translated and evaluated transcripts are required if not originally written in English. Only transcripts translated and evaluated by authorized organizations are accepted. Simmons College prefers either World Education Services ( or the Center for Educational Documentation ( International students must demonstrate that they have sufficient funds available to meet all the travel, living, and educational expenses for graduate study in the United States. This information must be provided if you are admitted to a graduate program at Simmons College.

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