Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies

During Spring semester Deborah Belle had the terrific experience of co-teaching a course through the Graduate Consortium on Women’s Studies (GCWS), which currently is based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The Consortium brings together faculty and students from all of the Boston-area universities and colleges who share an interest in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Most Consortium courses involve a team of faculty who come from different institutions and from different disciplines. Deborah Belle, a professor of psychology, worked with Lisa Dodson, a sociologist at Boston College, and Randy Albelda, an economist at U. Mass. Boston, to teach a course on Gender and Poverty in the United States. Students also came from many disciplines and from most of the universities which participate in the GCWS, including Harvard, MIT, Brandeis, Boston College, and Boston University. “It was exciting to work with faculty and students from such diverse backgrounds. I learned a great deal, and I look forward to bringing much of what I learned to my future teaching at Boston University,” said Professor Belle.

GCWS website:

  1. With the approval of the faculty of his/her BU graduate program, a student may receive a grade and graduate credit for completing a GCWS course that has been established on the MIT inventory.  That approval is signified by the BU official signatures on the forms (step 2, 3 below).  An MIT twelve unit course is equivalent to a BU four-credit course.
  2. The student should fill out a BU Cross Registration Petition (available on the Registrar’s Office web site.
  3. The student must also fill out the GCWS Student Registration form, securing all signatures as indicated (the Director of Women’s Studies will sign for the ‘Academic Dean’ of school/faculty).
  4. Copies of the GCWS registration form will be forwarded to the BU Cross Registration staff member in the Registrar’s Office.
  5. Once the course has been completed and graded, an official MIT transcript will be forwarded to BU.  The grade and course title will be added to the BU transcript.
  6. Standard BU tuition charges will apply; BU financial aid may be used for these courses.

Boston University Graduates Students can enroll in GCWS courses.  There is no additional fee.


We celebrate BU Anthropology graduate student Feyza Burak Adli who has won this year’s GCWS Motherboard Prize for her essay,

“The veiled periphery:
Rural Kurdish Women in Turkey and
the taboo of sexuality.”


Read her essay adli-20121