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Explore Intersectionality

Analyze meaning, identity, representation, and power. Drawing on the humanities and social sciences, Simmons's cutting-edge Gender/Cultural Studies program offers flexible paths of study. Students use the manifold approaches of critical theory to question the way constructions of gender, race, class, and nation are manifested in historical, cultural, and political contexts, in the U.S. and internationally.

Gender/Cultural Studies


Crossing disciplinary boundaries, the graduate program in Gender/Cultural Studies (GCS) is dedicated to critically analyzing intersecting systems of power and privilege, and examining the ways in which race, ethnicity, nation, class, gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation are constructed within the United States and in international contexts.

Cutting Edge Theory

The program places an emphasis on cutting-edge theory, including theories in feminism, poststructuralism, cultural studies, and postcolonialism, and promotes multi-perspectival, multi-factored theoretical analyses.


The interdisciplinary nature of the GCS program allows students to pursue more specialized courses of study by providing access to courses from a range of disciplines, including Africana Studies, Communications, Economics, Education, English, History, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Women's and Gender Studies.

Inspiring Social Change

The GCS program strives to prepare and inspire the next generation of scholars, educators, activists, and professional leaders.

Common Career Tracks

  • Preparation for admission to Ph.D. programs
  • Preparation for admission to law schools
  • Social Work
  • Student Life and Student Services
  • Non-Profit Organizing
  • Non-Profit Management — Gender/Cultural Studies and Management (M.A./M.S.)
  • 1-12 Education — Gender/Cultural Studies and Teaching Dual Degree (M.A./MAT)

Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies (GCWS)

Simmons College is a member of the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies [GCWS]. The Consortium is housed at MIT and offers interdisciplinary, team-taught graduate seminars to students who are enrolled in graduate programs at eight member institutions. Courses are designed to foster a dynamic interchange between and among scholars and to provide intellectual stimulation for faculty and students doing work across disciplines. GCWS courses allow faculty and graduate students to explore traditional and cutting edge theories, and develop new avenues of inquiry. There is no fee for GCWS courses. Students are granted credit for participation by their home institutions.

The Consortium membership includes Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Simmons College, Tufts University, and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.