Aug 13, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, M.A.


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 Our M.A. program offers innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to the study of gender, sexuality, race, class, and nation. The Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies’ cutting edge academic program focuses on three crucial areas: globalization, sexuality, and social change. The interests of our core faculty members span the globe, including the African diaspora, Latin America, Southeast Asia, and North America, with an emphasis on issues related to globalization, sexualities, and culture, as well as local and transnational articulations of feminism. The M.A. prepares students for doctoral work in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and other disciplines, as well as careers in non-profit organizations, the social service sector, the political arena, and private enterprise. Some of our students pursue work in creative fields as artists, musicians, poets, journalists, or filmmakers.

To prepare for these career possibilities, WGSS provides three research options:

  • Action Research Project: Examples include internships or community organizing accompanied by a theoretical essay.
  • Creative Project: Examples include film-making, fiction writing, photography, or performing arts, accompanied by a theoretical essay.
  • Thesis Research: Examples include empirical research and theoretical inquiry.

Applicants may obtain additional information about the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies at the addresses above.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies has the following requirements:

  1. Three letters of recommendation addressing the ability of the student to undertake graduate study.
  2. A statement of educational and/or career goals.
  3. A writing sample of up to 30 pages in length.
  4. Students seeking an M.A. degree are admitted to the program once a year (to begin in fall semester). Applicants seeking graduate assistantships must submit all application materials to the Office of Admissions-Graduate Programs by February 1 to be considered for the first decision-making process. Later applications may be considered. All applicants are considered for graduate assistantships.

Degree Requirements (36 Hours)


Students must receive a B minus or above in all core and elective WGSS courses, and maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

Required Courses (15 Hours)


Elective courses (15 Hours)


  • Select 15 hours of coursework with the WGSS prefix, including WGSS courses cross-listed with other departments or approved courses in other departments.

Minimum of Six Hours


Thesis or Project


A thesis or project approved by the student’s committee.

Graduate Assistants Requirements


Graduate assistants are required to enroll for a minimum of 12 credit hours each for the fall/spring semesters and 9 credit hours for the summer semester. These credit hours will consist of courses required for the prescribed program of study, as well as additional hours of WGSS 8999 - Thesis Research  and WGSS 8990 - Directed Research .

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