Becoming a Department Representative

Department representatives are a vital part of the GSO. They help by distributing information to graduate students about current GSO events and issues, as well as bringing feedback from their department to our monthly meetings. If your department is under-represented, we’d love to have you as a part of the GSO! To inquire about serving as a department representative email: or contact your department’s Director of Graduate Studies or graduate student association. 

About the Representative Structure

Anyone is welcome to attend GSO meetings, but each department is only allowed a certain number of voting representatives. Each Masters or Ph.D. program or department in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is entitled to choose representative(s) to the GSO body. Each representative must be a current graduate student in the program or department they represent.

Each department can have no more than three representatives per department or program. The number of representatives depends on the total number of graduate students registered within the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as follows:

  • up to 50 students – 1 representative
  • 51-100 students – up to 2 representatives
  • more than 100 students – up to 3 representatives

The number of voting representatives allowed in each department is listed in parentheses next to each department and program below. Please contact GSO if you think this information needs to be updated (

African American Studies: (1)

American & New England Studies: (1)

Anthropology and Archaeology: (2)

Astronomy: (1)

Bioinformatics (EGS): (2)

Biology: (2)

Biostatistics: (2)

Chemistry: (3)

Classical Studies: (1)

Computer Science: (3)

Creative Writing: (1)

Earth & Environment: (2)

Economics: (3)

Editorial Studies: (1)

English: (1)

History: (1)

History of Art and Architecture: (2)

International Relations: (2)

Linguistics and Applied Linguistics: (1)

Mathematics and Statistics: (3)

Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry: (1)

Musicology: (1)

Philosophy: (1)

Physics: (2)

Playwriting: (1)

Political Science: (1)

Psychology: (3)

Religious and Theological Studies: (1)

Romance Studies: (1)

Sociology:  (1)

Sociology & Social Work: (1)