Women's and Gender Studies

Learn about the myriad issues affecting women and sexual minorities.


Our interdisciplinary women’s and gender studies program will provide you the skills to examine and critique cultural, economic, historical, political, social, and sexual issues using feminist and queer philosophical paradigms. Aside from learning about a cross section of feminist and queer thinkers, places, and events, you will explore ideas such as how one’s gender affects access to power and whether or not the idea of power itself is an inherently problematic arrangement. You will also have the opportunity to study how other factors such as race, class, sexuality, and ability further impact one’s feminist identification. A degree in women’s and gender studies opens up the door for careers in activism, education, law, medicine, nonprofit, politics, psychology, and more. We also offer a minor in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) studies, which investigates many of the same issues from the perspectives of queer theory and queer thinkers.

Guide for Prospective Majors and Minors

WGST Scholarships and Awards

Academic Excellence in the WGST Major Award

Amount = $600. To a women’s and gender studies major who will graduate that calendar year (spring, summer, or fall) and who has excelled in academic coursework in the major and, secondarily, in their other course work and academic activities as a student.

Academic Excellence in the WGST Minor or LGBTQ Studies Minor Award

Amount = $400. To a women’s and gender studies minor (in WGST or LGBTQ studies) who will graduate that calendar year (spring, summer, or fall) and who has excelled in academic coursework in the minor and, secondarily, in their other course work and academic activities as a student.

Rising Star Award

Amount = $400. To a student who shows early signs of accomplishment in women’s and gender studies course work. Open to any student who has completed at least two courses in WGST beyond the introductory course and still has at least two years to graduation.

Women’s Studies Majors

Amount = $5,000 (each). To two women’s studies majors with a 3.00 GPA or better who have demonstrated an interest in women’s studies by attending events and participating in initiatives. A two-page essay must be submitted to the department answering the question, “Why Women’s Studies?”

The Karel Rose Scholarship 2022

Amount= Up to $1,000. Application Deadline:  March 30, 2022

Open to education, English, and women’s studies undergraduates entering junior or lower senior year and attending Brooklyn College in fall 2022. You may eligible to receive $1,000 for your junior/senior year if you demonstrate the following:

  • Minimum GPA of 3.00
  • Demonstrated financial need based on the FAFSA
  • Completed your sophomore year at Brooklyn College and plan to graduate from the college

To apply, log into your BC WebCentral student account.

Barbara Winslow Award for Student Activism – B

Amount = $600. Award for student activism. For four women’s and gender studies student awards from the Kornblau Award account.

Groudine, Candace Scholarship for Women’s and Gender Studies

Amount = $750. For undergraduate students who have declared a major in women’s and gender studies. The award is to be given to however many students each year the women’s and gender studies program sees fit. If no students meet the stated criteria, no award need be made in that year.

WGST Women’s Leadership Initiative

Amount = $250. Women’s and gender studies is uniquely well-suited to prepare students to become informed and engaged citizens. Here is a chance for you to demonstrate leadership skills in a community of your choice.

Victoria Cruz Award

Amount = $300. Merit-based award for a student who shows outstanding student achievement in the LGBTQ studies minor or in a course in the LGBTQ studies minor.

More Information

For more information e-mail Professor Namulundah Florence.

Office Hours

During the spring semester, you may e-mail Professor Namulundah Florence, the WGST director and program adviser,  with any questions. All e-mails will be answered within 24 hours.

Professor Florence also has virtual office hours for students. Please e-mail to schedule an appointment:

  • Tuesdays: 1–2 p.m.
  • Thursdays: 1–2 p.m.

If you have an urgent question, you may contact the WGST administrative coordinator, Irva Adams, at 718.951.5476 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays.

Contact Information

Director and Program Adviser: Namulundah Florence
1207 Ingersoll Hall
E: NFlorence@brooklyn.cuny.edu
P: 718.951.5476

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