Blend theory with practice with our Master's in Gender and Cultural Studies and Public Policy degree
Simmons University's Master’s in Gender and Cultural Studies and Public Policy is ideal preparation for those with a particular interest in issues of diversity, race, gender, class, ethnicity, ability, and sexual orientation in public policy.
This program affords students the core skills and most essential content knowledge of public policy, at the same time that it offers students broad exposure to field of gender and cultural theory. Students in the program will be taught to apply this integration to real world issues. As a result, this program prepares graduates equally well to work in a policy setting or a nonprofit organization, where policy knowledge and analysis skills can heighten marketability.
This degree is designed for students who have a background and interest in interdisciplinary work. Students will ideally have an undergraduate degree in one or more of the following:
- Critical Race Studies
- International Relations
- Modern Languages
- Political Science
- Public Policy
- Media Studies
- Women’s and Gender Studies.
While there is no one path to a successful degree application, prospective students must demonstrate an interest in applying their knowledge to real-world policy issues.
All degree candidates must complete a joint capstone, GCS/PP 455
Students have two options for capstone projects:
- Students will work with a specific organization on a policy problem related to race, gender, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, etc. Students selecting this option might choose to partner with their organization, and even do a formal internship. In this case, a 20-30 page policy brief would be the desired outcome for the capstone experience.
- Students will write a 50-60 page thesis that focuses on a policy issue that relates to race, gender, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, etc.
Regardless of which option students choose, they will participate in a capstone seminar where they work with other GCS students to support each other during the writing process. All joint degree students present their capstone work at the GCS colloquium with other graduating students.
|Gender and Cultural Studies: Theory Into Practice
|Race, Gender, and Empire
|Policy Analysis & Theory
|Social Welfare Policy
|Intersectionality and Public Policy
|Feminist International Relations
Suzanne Leonard serves as Director of the Graduate Program in Gender and Cultural Studies and Zinnia Mukherjee as Program Director for the Master of Public Policy.
Professor and Chair of Critical Race, Gender, and Cultural Studies, and Chair of Public Health
Assistant Professor and Interdisciplinary Program Director of Africana Studies
Professor and Hazel Dick Leonard Chair
Associate Provost, Academic and Faculty Affairs
Associate Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Relations
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