Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality


The Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWGS) is the locus of interdisciplinary feminist and queer scholarship and teaching at Columbia University. Offering an undergraduate degree program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and graduate certification in Feminist Scholarship, the Institute draws its core and affiliated faculty from many disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, and from Columbia’s many schools. IRWGS provides rigorous training in interdisciplinary, scholarly, pedagogical, and activist practice, and prepares undergraduate students for professional work or advanced academic study. Undergraduate and graduate courses survey the history and theory of gender and/or sexuality studies and provide an in-depth study of multidirectional engagements between gender, sexuality, race, class, and other markers of social difference. Graduate students are invited to join the Institute’s lively scholarly community as certificate students, fellows, or teaching assistants.