About the Program

About the Program

Princeton University Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies

GSS has a long and rich history at Princeton.  Established in 1982 as Women’s Studies, the program was renamed Gender and Sexuality Studies in 2011 to reflect the trajectory and expanded reach of teaching and scholarship among Princeton faculty and in the field more generally.  Faculty and students in GSS are dedicated to the study of gender and sexuality in their complex articulation with race, ethnicity, class, disability, religion, nationality, and other intersections of identity, power, and politics.

GSS offers a certificate to undergraduate students who wish to complement and enhance their major concentration with an interdisciplinary focus on gender and sexuality.  We also offer a graduate certificate.  GSS provides a unique interdisciplinary intellectual community, giving students the opportunity to work closely with faculty to plan a program of study.  Our introductory course provides a historically and theoretically nuanced overview of approaches to studying gender and sexuality, and our seminars offer focused considerations of more thematic areas of study.  By emphasizing a rigorous interdisciplinary perspective in our teaching and research, GSS faculty equip students with a range of analytical and methodological skills.

GSS also offers an exciting roster of programs and events, bringing to campus distinguished scholars, activists, performers, and artists.  Our annual Meredith Miller Memorial Lecture celebrates those who have made lifetime contributions to the understanding of gender and sexuality.  Conferences, panels, performances, lunch-time colloquia, book clubs, and workshops explore issues and concerns relevant across disciplines, and are open to everyone.