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This list was made by G.R.E.A.T. staff and updated last on August 6, 2008. You are strongly advised to contact schools for more precise information about program structure, fees, degree requirments, etc.

Note :: “Q” means “queer-oriented” while “G” indicates “gender-oriented.” Schools with neither indication are well-balanced.

The college/university programs below have been selected for:

  1. being primarily focused on gender, sexuality, or queer theory,
  2. engaging in multi-issue research and/or activism,
  3. being located outside North America (except for links to external resources), and
  4. providing education in English.

Table of Contents

Undergraduate >> N. America

  • University Queer Programs in the USA and Canada Q US and Canada
    • The list (made by John Younger) of LGBT-related majors, certificates, interdisciplinary programs, concentrations, MAs and PhDs across the US and Canada. Mr. Younger has been revising the list since early 1990s.

Undergraduate >> EU

Undergraduate >> AUS & NZ

  • Gender, Sexuality and Culture Major (Australian National University) BA Canberra, Australia
    • Consists of Gender Studies modules and Cultural Studies modules. Students study feminist theory, queer theory, psychoanalysis, deconstruction, post-structuralism, postmodernism, etc.
  • Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies (La Trobe University) BA Victoria, Australia
    • Students study feminism, sexuality, identity, desire, body, mind, colonialism, development, human rights, media studies, literature, immigration, labor issues, etc. Double-majors with sociology, politics, media studies, history, Australian studies, legal studies are possible.
  • Gender Studies (University of Otago) BA Otago, New Zealand
    • Topics of available courses include media studies, masculinity, body, subjectivity, and unique “sexuality and colonization.” Students are allowed to combine their study with English, history, political science, law, anthropology, art history, education, and community and family studies.
  • Gender Studies (University of Canterbury) BA Christchurch, New Zealand
    • One of the disciplines with in School of Culture, Literature and Society, with American Studies, Cultural Studies and English being the other three programs. Students study a broad range of topics such as cultural theory/analysis, post-colonialism, identity, indigenous women, sexuality, body, representation, etc.

Undergraduate >> Asia

Undergraduate >> Africa

  • Gender Studies (University of Western Cape) G BA Bellville, Republic of South Africa
    • Students take foundation courses from either Humanities or Social Science in their first year of study. In their 2nd and 3rd years, semi-mandatory gender-related courses (e.g. “South African Feminism” and “Gender and Sexuality”) and optional courses from other disciplines are taken.

Graduate / Postgraduate >> N. America

  • NWSA Graduate Guide to Women’s Studies US
    • The National Women’s Studies Association provides a list of numerous Women’s Studies graduate programs available in the United States, searchable by state, degrees offered, and institution name.
  • University Queer Programs in the USA and Canada Q US and Canada
    • The list (made by John Younger) of LGBT-related majors, certificates, interdisciplinary programs, concentrations, MAs and PhDs across the US and Canada. Mr. Younger has been revising the list since early 1990s.

Graduate / Postgraduate >> EU

  • Gender Sexuality and Culture (The University of Manchester) MA/PhD Manchester, UK
    • Students study gender and sexuality through theoretical, social, cultural, political and historical perspectives. Various topics include cultural identities such as queer, heterosexual, homosexual, gay, straight, bisexual, transgender; cultural theory in relation to power systems such as race, ethnicity, and class. (In UK, MA, unlike MPhil, does not prepare students for further PhD study.)
  • Sexuality and Gender Studies (University of Exeter) Q Taught–MA/MRes/MPhil/PhD Devon, UK
    • Humanities-oriented. They hold many queer theory events at Centre for the Interdisciplinary Study of Sexuality and Gender in Europe.
  • Gender, Sexuality and Queer Theory (University of Leeds) Q Taught–MA Leeds, UK
    • In addition to Gender Research, Gender Theory, Queer and Sexuality, and a dissertation, students choose modules from post-colonial representation, film studies, race and ethnicity, gender and religion, etc. University of Leeds also has Taught MA courses entitled “Gender and Culture,” “Global Genders,” “Gender and Technology,” and “Gender and Management” (see here)
  • Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (University of Leeds) MPhil/PhD Leeds, UK
    • “Sexuality and Queer Theory” is one of the program’s primary areas of study, along with post-colonialism, body and technology, masculinity, citizenship, labor, immigration, history, etc.
  • Sexual Dissidence in Literature and Culture (University of Sussex) Q MA/* Brighton, UK
    • Organizes seminar series on queer studies, gender studies, and gay and lesbian studies (one of their past guest lecturers is Judith Halberstam). Students use such approaches as psychoanalysis, cultural materialism, and deconstruction to analyze fiction, theatre, and film. Some of its progressive courses offered are “Critical Issues in Queer Theory,” “Sexuality and Identity in Twentieth Century Post-colonial Cultures,” and “Querying the Unconscious.” Individual supervision leading to an MPhil or PhD is available.
  • Gender Studies / Gender and Media (University of Sussex) G MA Brighton, UK
    • Gender Studies :: Students study gender through historical, sociological, anthropological, political and cultural perspectives. Among areas of interest are cultural representation of femininity and masculinity, gender/media/nation, emotion/embodiment/health, etc. All courses require submission of a 5,000-word term paper. A 20,000-word thesis will be required for completion of MA. Gender and Media :: Study of production and reception of powerful media understanding and representation of masculinity, femininity, and sexuality, through perspectives of feminist theory, postmodernism, and queer theory. The same paper/thesis requirement as Gender Studies.
  • Gender Studies (University of Sussex) G DPhil (i.e. PhD) Brighton, UK
    • Areas of interest of current faculty members are sexuality, sexual violence, citizenship/nationaiism/globalization, cultural representation of gender in art/literature/media, culture and identity, labor, reproductive rights, life history, feminist movement/activism, etc. etc. Each student has to find an appropriate supervisor to start their own research at Sussex, but in other words, if one can find a supervisor from any of the following disciplines, they are allowed to do their research in their chosen topic: Sociology, Media and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, English, History, Art History, Politics, and International Relations. Ask for details at email addressed available at this page e.g. degree requirement for PhD entry being MA, MSc, or MPhil.
  • Equality and Diversity (London Metropolitan University) MA London, UK
    • It is a program for those who work in governmental, non-governmental and corporate sectors who would like to learn about gender, ethnicity, sexuality, and disability. The course provides students with knowledge in immigration issues, anti-discrimination legislation, work-life balance, etc. especially for practical use in social policy making, human resource management, public administration, business, etc.
  • Gender, Sexuality, Politics and Culture (Birkbeck, University of London) MA, MSc London, UK
    • Interesting titles of available courses are Community and Identity, Gender and Philosophy, Gender and Sexuality in Japanese Fiction, Queer Theory, Law and Body, Gender and Development, and Psychoanalysis and Difference. (This MA does not prepare students for PhD study)
  • Gender Studies (Birkbeck, University of London) MPhil/PhD London, UK
    • Areas of interest of faculty mambers :: queer theory, feminist theory/research, lesbian/gay literature and film, gender and generation, paid domestic work, food consumption habits, gender and geography, gender and education, gender/class/citizenship, and history and theories of gender and sexuality.
  • Gender Studies (London Metropolitan University) ? MRes London, UK
    • Consists of coursework and research. While providing students with research and analytical skills in its own right, an MRes can prepare you for further study for an MPhil or PhD.
  • MPhil / PhD Study (London Metropolitan University) G MPhil/PhD London, UK
  • Gender, Sexualities and Ethnic Studies (University of East London) MA London, UK
    • Along with academic training in research and theory, this course prepares students for recent growth of anti-discrimination and opportunity equality awareness in society. It is especially of interest to those working in NGOs who would like to further understand cross-ethnic, cross-national, and cross-religious conflicts and gender implications in such a society.
  • Gender and Ethnicity (Utrecht University) G MA Research Utrecht, the Netherlands
    • A two-year Master’s Programme taught in English. Students investigate epistemological, political, and ethical aspects of subjectivity and representation. By the time of completion of the program, students are expected to have gained knowledge of feminist theory, history and current status of colonial/postcolonial/multi–cultural societies, gender and sexuality representation in literature, new media and new technology. This degree prepares you for further PhD study.
  • Gender, Sexuality and Society (University of Amsterdam) MSc Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    • All classes are taught in English, and most of them are social science courses. Although the program is called Gender, Sexuality and Society, students will receive an MSc from either one of the disciplines of sociology, social anthropology and sociology of non-western societies, or political science. From which department one receives their degree depends on their coursework and topic of the dissertation.
  • Summer Institute on Sexuality, Society and Culture (University of Amsterdam) Q Credit Transfer in Graduate Level Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    • This is a 4-week long intensive summer course on sexuality taught in English. Lectures are faculty members at U of Amsterdam and guest scholars from other institutions. An additional final report is required for students to receive credits and a transcript. For the 2 out of 4 weeks, students get to choose afternoon options: (1) take additional courses, or (2) attend seminars for thesis supervision. Courses are progressive e.g. “Practicing theory, Theorizing practice.” For information about credit transfer, you must consult your ‘home’ university/college.

Graduate / Postgraduate >> AUS & NZ

  • Gender Studies (University of Otago) MA/PhD Otago, New Zealand
    • This MA degree is a research degree. Most faculty members are specialized in social sciences, as well as most current graduate students whose research topics are mostly historical, anthropological, and/or sociological. (In Australia and New Zealand, only preparation and submission of a thesis is required (i.e. no coursework) for research degrees such as MPhil and PhD)
  • Gender Studies (University of Canterbury) MA/PhD Christchurch, New Zealand
    • Unlike other universities in Oceania, this MA program has a 1-year coursework followed by a 1-year thesis writing. The coursework includes such classes as “Gender and Sexuality in Education,” “Women, Theory, Film,” “Sex on Stage,” and “Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society.” PhD program is completed by preparation and submission of a thesis.
  • Gender, Sexuality and Diversity Studies (La Trobe University) MA–Research/PhD Victoria, Australia
    • Among various areas of study at La Trobe are feminist history, labor, subjectivity and representation, queer theory and sexuality, ecological feminism, critique of knowledge, feminist writing, (post)colonial discourses, popular culture, the media, criminology, legal studies, education, religion, indigenous women’s health, regional studies, white studies, transgender literature, identity politics, theory and practice, self, ethics, etc. No coursework required.

Graduate / Postgraduate >> Asia

Graduate / Postgraduate >> Africa

  • Gender Studies (University of Western Cape) G MPhil Bellville, Republic of South Africa
    • Research methodology, theory, development, economics, sexuality, post-colonialism, African medicine, violence, childcare, masculinity, psychology, public administration, nationalism, law, cultural studies, literature, etc. are the diverse background of the optional courses available to students in this program (some of them are semi-mandatory). An additional “mini-thesis” will complete your MA.

Non-institutional Education >> LGBT

Non-institutional Education >> Women

  • Women’s and Gender Studies G Website
    • MIT offers a public listing and course materials of their academic courses, available online at MIT OpenCourseWare. In the category of “Women’s and Gender Studies” are well-balanced (social science and humanities) classes with interesting titles and descriptions. Course materials are provided in the PDF format while syllabi, reading lists, etc. are in HTML.

Diablo Valley College

G.R.E.A.T. was originally founded as a student club called G.R.E.A.T.@DVC at Diablo Valley College, Pleasant Hill, CA in 2006. It is now an independent organization that has no affiliation with any school. DVC, however, has various classes that deal with gender-related issues, some of which our members took and were very impressed with. If you’re interested in taking classes at a community college in East Bay, DVC is for you.

Here’s the list of relevant courses available at DVC :: CLICK to SEE THE LIST

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