Resources for Students

On-Campus Resources

Student Groups and Library Resources related to Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies can be helpful for students interested in research, activism, or otherwise engaging with the GWSS curriculum.

Feminist Action Coalition - The Feminist Action Coalition (FAC) is Grinnell's student-run feminist organization. We are devoted to advocating on behalf of Grinnell's women, fighting oppression in all its forms, and having awesome feminist fun. In addition to weekly discussions about feminist issues, FAC organizes a number of popular events on campus, including Love Your Body Week, and Take Back the Night Week.

Stonewall Resource Center - The Stonewall Resource Center exists as a confidential safe space to serve the campus' Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning community and their Allies. Our primary focus is to provide resources and information about LGBT and Queer issues and to facilitate educational programming and activities on campus. The Stonewall Resource Center is also a meeting space and resource for numerous LGBT and Queer related student organizations on campus.

Stonewall Resource Center Library - The Stonewall Resource Center Library contains a collection of hundreds of books, films, and TV series, in addition to subscriptions to many LGBT and Queer magazines and publications. The SRC Library is both an academic and personal resource for all students on campus, and materials can be checked out whenever an SRC monitor is present.

Grinnell Advocates - Grinnell Advocates is a staff supervised, student organization that aims to create greater awareness about issues surrounding sexual assault and dating violence on campus. This group provides sensitive, educational programming about issues related to dating violence, sexual harassment, and sexual assault. The Advocates also act as an immediate resource for victims through the Domestic Violence Alternatives Student Assault Center (DVA/SAC) hotline.

GWSS Library Database Subject Guide - The GWSS Subject Guide from Grinnell College Libraries offers a list of online academic resources ideal for research in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies.

Off-Campus Resources

Off-campus organizations, websites, and blogs can offer GWSS students opportunities for outside research, activism, or other ways to engage with the GWSS curriculum outside of the Grinnell campus.

Iowa Women's Archive - The Iowa Women's Archives holds more than 1100 manuscript collections that chronicle the lives and work of Iowa women, their families, and their communities. These personal papers and organizational records date from the nineteenth century to the present. Together with oral histories, they document the activities of Iowa women throughout the state and beyond its borders. The Iowa Women's Archives is open to the public.

Webgrrls International - Webgrrls International is an online and offline networking organization of professional business women focused on propelling their careers and businesses forward. It focuses on networking and connecting with others, leveraging and learning about technology, learning new skills and finding jobs, finding mentors and interns, and gaining access to support and information.

The Feminist Majority Foundation - The Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which was founded in 1987, is a cutting edge organization dedicated to women's equality, reproductive health, and non-violence. In all spheres, FMF utilizes research and action to empower women economically, socially, and politically. This organization believes that feminists - both women and men, girls and boys - are the majority, but this majority must be empowered.

Lambda Foundation - Lambda Foundation seeks to advance human rights education and research through university and other awards to graduate and undergraduate students successfully doing worthy and relevant studies in gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) issues in many different fields.

National Organization for Women - Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.

The Kinsey Institute - The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University works towards advancing sexual health and knowledge worldwide. For over 60 years, the institute has been a trusted source for investigating and informing the world about critical issues in sex, gender and reproduction.

National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute -  The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter political opposition.

New York Public Library Gay & Lesbian Studies Research Guide - A Research Guide created by the New York Public Library to aid in research materials relevant to Gay & Lesbian Studies, LGBT History, AIDS, and other relevant academic topics.

Know of a GWSS-related resource on or off campus that should be listed? E-Mail a link or contact and description to De Dudley.

All resource descriptions are taken from their respective sources

After the Major

Graduate Programs

This page provides a list of Graduate Programs related to Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies all around the United States and abroad! This list is, of course, not exhaustive, and many of the institutions listed offer multiple programs of varying degrees.

Doctoral Programs

Midwestern U.S.

Indiana University, Bloomington Ph.D. in gender studies

Ohio State University, Ph.D. and M.A. in women's studies

University of Kansas, Lawrence Ph.D. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies

University of Iowa, Iowa City Ph.D. in women's studies

University of Michigan joint Ph.D. programs in women's studies and English, History, Psychology, or Sociology

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (with Center for Advanced Feminist Studies) Ph.D. in women's studies

Western and Southwestern U.S.

Arizona State University, Ph.D. in gender studies

Claremont Graduate University (Claremont, CA) Ph.D. and M.A. in women's studies in religion

University of California, Los Angeles Ph.D. in women's studies

University of California, Santa Barbara Ph.D. in feminist studies

University of Washington, Seattle, Ph.D. and M.A. in women's studies

Southern U.S.

University of Kentucky, Lexington Ph.D. in women's studies (new fall 2013, certificate available for current study)

Texas Woman's University Ph.D. in women's studies

Emory University (Atlanta, GA) Ph.D. in women's studies

Eastern U.S.

University of Maryland, College Park Ph.D. and M.A. in women's studies

Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) Ph.D. in women's studies


York University (Ontario) Ph.D. and M.A. in women's studies

Simon Fraser University (British Columbia) Ph.D. and M.A. in women's studies

University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC) M.A. and Ph.D. administered by women's studies and gender relations

Great Britain

London School of Economics and Political Science, Gender Institute, England Ph.D. and M.Phil. in gender studies; M.Sc. in gender and social policy

Manchester University Ph.D. and M.A. in women's studies

University of Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom M.A. in gender studies and several Ph.D. options

University of Sussex (Brighton, UK) D.Phil. and M.A. programs in gender studies

University of Warwick, England Ph.D. programs in women and gender; M.A. in interdisciplinary gender studies, gender and international development, or gender, literature and modernity

University of York (York, England) D.Phil., M.A., and M.Phil. programs in women's studies

Central Europe

Central European University, Budapest M.A. and Ph.D. in gender studies

The Netherlands Research School of Women's Studies (NOV) Ph.D. in women's studies at six Dutch universities

Australia & New Zealand

Monash University (Melbourne, Australia) Ph.D. and M.A. in women's studies

University of Auckland, New Zealand M.A. and Ph.D. in women's studies

University of Melbourne (Melbourne, Australia) Ph.D. and M.A. in gender studies

University of Sydney (New South Wales, Australia) Ph.D. and M.A. (by research) in women's studies


Josai International University Ph.D. and M.A. in women's studies

Joint Master's and Juris Doctoral Programs

United States

George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) J.D./M.A. in women's studies

Pace University and Sarah Lawrence College (Yonkers, NY) J.D./M.A. in Women's History and Law

University of Arizona J.D./M.A. in women's studies

University of Cincinnati J.D./M.A. in women's studies

Masters Programs

Midwestern U.S.

DePaul University (Chicago, IL) M.A. in women's and gender studies

Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, MI) M.A. of liberal studies in women's and gender studies (interdisciplinary)

Loyola University (Chicago, IL) M.A. in women's studies, and a three-course graduate certificate; Mary Griffin Graduate Scholarship in WST available to one full-time graduate student in the program

Minnesota State University (Mankato, MN) M.S. in women's studies

Ohio State University (Columbus, OH) M.A. in women's studies

Roosevelt University (Chicago, IL) M.A. and graduate certificate in women's and gender studies

United Theological Seminary (New Brighton, MN) M.A. in women's studies: religion, theology and ministry

University of Cincinnati (Cincinnati, OH) M.A. in women's studies

University of Illinois, Springfield Self-designed, interdisciplinary M.A. in women's studies

University of Northern Iowa (Cedar Falls, IA) M.A. in women's studies

University of Wisconsin-Madison M.A. in women's studies/gender studies

Southern U.S.

Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA) M.A. in Africana women's studies

Florida Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL) M.A. and graduate certificate in women's studies

George Mason University (Fairfax, VA) M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Women and Gender Studies

Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA) M.A. in women's studies

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa M.A. in women's studies

University of Florida (Gainesville, FL) M.A. and M.W.S. in women's studies

University of Louisville (Louisville, KY) M.A. in women's and gender studies

University of Memphis (Memphis, TN) interdisciplinary M.A. program in women's studies

University of North Carolina, Greensboro M.A. in women's and gender studies

University of South Florida, Tampa M.A. in women's studies

University of Texas, Austin M.A. in women's and gender studies

Eastern U.S.

Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) M.A. in women's and gender studies

Drew University (Madison, NJ) M.A. in women's studies and a concentration for Ph.D.

George Washington University (Washington, D.C.) M.A. in women's studies

Jewish Theological Seminary (New York, NY) M.A. in Jewish women's studies

Sarah Lawrence College (Yonkers, NY) M.A. in women's history

Simmons College (Boston, MA) Interdisciplinary M.A. program in gender/cultural studies

Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven M.A. in women's studies and a graduate certificate in women's studies

State University of New York, Albany M.A. in women's studies

Towson University (Towson, MD) M.S. in women's studies

Western and Southwestern U.S.

Claremont Graduate University (Claremont, CA) interdisciplinary M.A. program in applied women's studies

San Diego State University (San Diego, CA) M.A. in women's studies

San Francisco State University (San Francisco, CA) M.A. in women's studies

University of Arizona, Tucson M.A. in women's studies


Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's (Newfoundland) M.A. in women's studies

Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax (Nova Scotia) M.A. in women's studies offered jointly by Dalhousie, Mount Saint Vincent, and Saint Mary's universities

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby (British Columbia) M.A. in women's studies

University of Ottawa Collaborative Program in women's studies at the master's level

University of Toronto Graduate collaborative program in women's studies, M.A. and Ph.D.

University of Western Ontario M.A. in women's studies and feminist research

Great Britain and Ireland

Manchester University (Manchester, England) M.A. in women's politics and policy research

Oxford University (Oxford, England) One-year interdisciplinary master's degree

Trinity College at University of Dublin (Dublin, Ireland) The Centre for Women's Studies offers the M.Phil. in women's studies, also welcomes applications from those wishing to do the M.Litt. and Ph.D. degrees, which are by research alone

University of York (York, England) Stand-alone M.A. in women's studies. Also offers M.A. in women's studies by research and an M.Sc in women, development and administration

University of Leeds (Leeds, England) Multiple post graduate programs at the master's and Ph.D. levels in women's, gender and sexuality studies in an multiple contexts

Australia and New Zealand

Massey University (Palmerston North, New Zealand) M.A. in women's studies, M.Phil. in women's studies, and doctoral work in women's studies

University of Wollongong (Wollongong, Australia) M.A. in women's studies

The Netherlands

University of Nijmegen (Nijmegen) M.A. degree specializations, including feminist theology


Since GWSS is a relatively new major at Grinnell, information about the careers of Grinnell's GWSS alumni is limited. However, this page provides a list of the careers of alumni of comparable programs at other institutions, and common careers in fields related to GWSS. Information about Grinnell alumni is forthcoming as that information becomes available. You can learn more about some alumni of Grinnell's GWSS program on the alumni page.

Careers in Advocacy and Non-Profits

  • Family Planning
  • Women's Health
  • Community Outreach and Education
  • Law and Legal Advocacy
  • HIV Counseling
  • Sexual Assault Counseling
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Social Work
  • Youth Outreach

Careers in Business

  • Human Resources / Affirmative Action Director
  • Advertising
  • Diversity Coordinator / Trainer

Careers in Education

Higher Education
  • Researcher or Professor
    • Women's Studies
    • Feminist Studies
    • Gender Studies
    • Sexuality Studies
    • Black Studies
    • Critical Race Studies
    • Peace Studies
    • American Studies
  • Admissions
  • Affirmative Action Coordination
  • Diversity Advocacy, Programming, and Direction
  • Residence Life
  • Counseling
Secondary Education
  • Social Worker
  • Counselor
  • Teacher
    • History
    • English
    • Health
    • Sex Education
    • Physical Education
    • Theater
  • Activities Director
  • Affirmative Action and Hiring

This list is by no means exhaustive. Given the interdisciplinary nature of the Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies program, the skills and knowledge learned can be applied to careers in virtually every field. More information about careers in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies is available at the Center for Careers, Life, and Service.