Graduate Studies

Director of Graduate Studies:
Joseph Fischel (
WLH Rm 311

Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies considers gender and sexuality as fundamental categories of social and cultural analysis and offers critical perspectives upon them as a basis from which to study the diversity of human experience. Gender (the social and historical meanings of the distinction between the sexes) and sexuality (the domain of sexual practices, identities, discourses, and institutions) are studied as they intersect with class, race, ethnicity, nationality, and other areas of human difference. The introduction of these perspectives into all fields of knowledge necessitates new research, criticism of existing research, and the formulation of new paradigms and organizing concepts.

Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies does not currently offer a graduate degree (PhD) program. However, a Certificate Program is available to students already enrolled in a PhD program offered at Yale. Prospective students interested in graduate studies in WGSS must apply and be admitted to a PhD program at Yale before starting the Certificate Program (e.g., English, Psychology, American Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, History, etc.). Certificate students take extra courses in WGSS in order to gain expertise that can help them in their research and in the job market. Completion of the Certificate demonstrates coursework at the graduate level, experience in pedagogy, and capacity to pursue independent research in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies.