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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 shape 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 field statement on gender.

Affiliated Faculty

Foundation course

Sample electives

Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies

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

Students can take courses offered as part of Graduate Consortium as electives. Some examples of courses taught by Northeastern faculty are:

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.