Global Gender Policy Major Field

Global Gender Policy is a specific area of study available under four of the Elliott School’s masters programs: 
Masters of International Affairs (MAIA)
Masters of International Development Studies (IDS)
Masters of Global Communications (SMPA) 
Masters of International Policy and Practice (MIPP)

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Graduate Certificate in Global Gender Policy

The Global Gender Policy Certificate provides a specialty program that requires a minimum of 15 credit hours.

Students must complete the one core course in Global Gender Policy (IAFF 6102).

Students then choose three classes from the list of elective classes listed below. 

Approval for additional classes related to the field of gender studies available across GW may be sought from the Director of the Program for Gender Equality in International Affairs.

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We have compiled a list of relevant courses, both at the graduate and undergraduate level, that relate to gender within the Elliott School of International Affairs and across GW. Click Here to view the current course offerings for 2017 - 2018. 

Elliott School Courses:

IAFF 2190 Women in Global Politics 

IAFF 3183 Migration, Gender, and International Development

IAFF 3190 Women, Rights & Gender Equality

IAFF 3190 Women & Leadership in Africa

IAFF 3180 Gender and Conflict 

IAFF 3181 Human Trafficking

Options outside the Elliott School:

ANTH / WGSS 2501 Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

HIST / WGSS 2380 Sexuality in U.S. History

PSC 2225 Women and Politics

WGSS 2120 Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

WGSS 3170 Gender & Space

WGSS 3170 India’s Diversity

WGSS 3470 Sexuality and the Law

WGSS 3820 Global Domestic Labor

WGSS 3881 Women, Gender, and Religion in China

WGSS 3981 Women in Western Religion 

WGSS 3845 Global Women’s Prison

WGSS 4183 Practicum in Women’s Studies

WLP 4198 Women and Leadership Program

Elliott School Courses

IAFF 6118 Global Gender Policy

IAFF 6118 Research Methods in Global Gender Issues

IAFF 6118 Gender, War, and Peace 

IAFF 6118 Women & Leadership in Africa 

IAFF 6138 Gender, Disaster, and Development

IAFF 6138 Human Trafficking

IAFF 6138 Violence, Gender, and Humanitarian Assistance 

IAFF 6138 Gender and Development

IAFF 6186 Roles, identities, and CVE 

IAFF 6898 Global Gender Capstone

Elliott School Gender Relevant Skills Courses (1 credit)

IAFF 6503 Gender Advisor: Roles & Skills

IAFF 6503 Speaking Truth to Power: Advocating for Women's Rights

Options outside the Elliott School

ANTH 6501 Gender and Sexuality

EDUC 6640 Gender in International Education and Development

LAW 6350 Domestic Violence Law

LAW 6392 Gender Discrimination & Law

LAW 6394 Sexuality and the Law 

LAW 6570 International Human Rights for Women

LAW 6608 Feminist Legal Theory 

PUBH 6399 Reproductive Health Policy

SOC 6273 The Sex Industry

WSTU 6220 Fundamentals of Feminist Theory

WSTU 6221 Rearch Issues in Women's Studies 

WSTU 6230 Global Feminisms 

WSTU 6238 Feminist Ethics and Policy Implications

WSTU 6240 Women and Public Policy 

WSTU 6241 Women and the Law

WSTU 6268 Race, Gender, and Class

WSTU 6270 Global Islamic Feminism

WSTU 6270 Women & Gender in International Perspectives

WSTU 6283 Practicum in Women's Studies

Freeman Foundation International Fellowship Grant

For online application questions, e-mail Tara Sonenshine ( or

The Freeman Foundation was established in 1994 through the bequest and in memory of the businessman and benefactor Mansfield Freeman, a co-founder of the international insurance and financial conglomerate American International Group, Inc., better known as AIG.  This private and philanthropic foundation is dedicated to augmenting international understanding between the United States and the nations of East Asia.

The Elliott School strongly encourages students to integrate their course of study with practical international internship experiences.  Accordingly, Graduate Student Career Development (GSCD) offers a limited number of competitive fellowship grants for currently enrolled Elliott School graduate students participating in international internships in East Asia and/or Southeast Asia and around the world. Be sure to also look into the International Internship Grant and our Resource page.


Read more on Career Development's Website about the Freeman Foundation Grant here