Institute for the Study of Sexuality and Gender

The Institute for the Study of Sexuality and Gender (ISSG) is the locus of interdisciplinary feminist and queer scholarship and teaching at Columbia University. Offering an undergraduate degree program and graduate certification in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the Institute draws its core and affiliated faculty from a diverse array of disciplines across Columbia University and Barnard College. ISSG 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 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, Graduate Fellows, or Graduate Teaching Assistants.