Future students: Admissions

Our program offers a flexible and interdisciplinary major in gender, sexuality and women's studies (GSW) and two minors. Students often choose GSW as a co-major to complement another program of study or use our minors to amplify their expertise in gender and sexuality and enhance their qualifications by signaling their commitment to social justice, real-world praxis, and community engagement.

Why study gender, sexuality and women's studies in Detroit?

Wayne State is located in the heart of Detroit's cultural district. The Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program (GSW) teaches students how to engage deeply with our city and its history and culture. We do this through our focus on how gender and sexuality intersect with experiences of race, class, nationality, religion and health, in ways both local and global, personal and institutional.

We prioritize connecting each student's everyday experiences to the bigger contexts of social movements, politics, art and community history by offering dynamic interdisciplinary coursework, hosting timely events and speakers and cultivating student-led campus programming, so our students see themselves as engaged with the pressing challenges of our contemporary moment. We extend this commitment to the personal and the political through our ongoing partnerships with local community organizations.

Our graduates go on to pursue careers in health, psychology, communications, business, law, education, and non-profit/community justice.