Sociology of Gender

The gender concentration explores the social and cultural construction of gender as a fundamental basis of social relations and institutions. The guiding intellectual mission for this concentration is to consider the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, social class, age, disability, and sexuality in a transnational and historical context. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty, examining gender relations in the United States and globally; as well as how ideas about gender shapes ideologies and economic, political and cultural processes.

Faculty connect this subfield with other areas of investigation such as: immigration, globalization, intersectionality, the state, sexuality; health, medicine and the body; education, family, paid and unpaid work, science and technology, as well as the history of the discipline itself.

Students interested in this concentration are required to complete a foundation course, two electives from the gender cluster, and a comprehensive examination on gender.

Affiliated Sociology Faculty

Foundation course

Sample electives

Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies

Students can take all courses offered as part of the GCWS.

Every year the GCWS offers: Feminist Inquiry and Workshop for Dissertation Writer’s in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Additionally, each semester offers a range of new courses. Some examples of courses taught by Northeastern faculty are:

Affiliated Centers and Interdisciplinary Programs

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program

Students have the option of earning a certificate in interdisciplinary women’s, gender, and sexuality studies in addition to their Master’s or PhD in sociology. The requirements for the certificate can be found here.

The Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies at MIT brings together feminist scholars and teachers at Boston-area institutions (Boston College, Brandeis University, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Simmons College, Tufts University, University of Massachusetts, Boston) devoted to graduate teaching and research in women’s studies and to advancing interdisciplinary women’s studies scholarship.

For Completed Dissertations in the Sociology of Gender click here.

Gender Faculty in the news

Casting Light on Social Blame

Linda Blum – 10/6/09

Islamism Coexisting with the Secular State

Berna Turam – 11/3/09