Women and Gender Studies


Women's and Gender Studies engages students in the discovery and exploration of feminist perspectives on culture and society. Focusing on the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and nation, the program introduces students to the social, cultural, scientific, and other contributions of women, and the production of feminist knowledge.

The curricular and extracurricular activities are both grounded in multiple feminisms and interdisciplinary approaches to feminist thought. WS supports and sponsors on- and off-campus events relevant to women's social, cultural, and political issues, particularly women in the New York City area.Thus, the program emphasizes the importance of social responsibility, activism, community outreach, and responsible citizenship.

The Women's Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor; Beyond Identity: A Gendered Platform for Activist-Scholars. The goal of this program is intended to be an intensive engagement in the critical work of developing political solidarities between young women* of color.

The program combines elements of Teaching (learning identity-driven research from activist-scholars studying immigration, social movements, protest, gender and violence), Writing (nonfiction narrative writing and political writing from well-established writers from around the world), Activism (movement-building workshops from community organizers), and Public Engagement through student-driven public events, the submission of student’s writing for publication, and the presentation of research findings to local and national policy audiences.

To learn more about the Beyond Identity Program, please visit our website

For a comprehensive review of the major and minor requirements, see Courses & Requirements

Women's and Gender Studies Requirements


WS10000 (3 credits)
and 12 elective credits
= 15 total credits

Elective courses must be within the Women's and Gender Studies department or respective sub-disciplines. FULL DETAILS HERE

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Our Students Speak

"Minoring in Women's Studies not only helped me gain perspective on women; it helped me gain perspective on life. To understand where we are going we must understand where we all come from."

- Luis Medina, WS Minor


"The program offers a wide array of classes for its students to take, exposing us to the study of women from all different perspectives... with some of City College's finest professors."

- Malini Dhanraj, WS Minor.


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Last Updated: 11/02/2023 12:00