Other Concentrations

Women and Gender Studies Concentration

The master of arts in interdisciplinary studies (MAIS) with a concentration in women and gender studies promotes advanced scholarship that transcends traditional boundaries. Students combine required coursework in women and gender studies with courses in a discipline of interest such as history, literature, sociology, anthropology, health, education, philosophy, social work, conflict analysis and resolution, or the arts. The program accommodates both full-time and part-time students.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 36

This is a Green Leaf program.

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 36 credits of graduate coursework in one of the concentrations which follow. Students must submit a curriculum worksheet that has been approved by their concentration head and the director. All students complete their work in the program with a project or thesis.

Concentration in Women and Gender Studies (WGST)

The concentration in women and gender studies promotes advanced scholarship that transcends traditional boundaries. Students combine required coursework in women and gender studies with courses in a discipline of interest such as history, literature, sociology, anthropology, health, education, philosophy, social work, conflict analysis and resolution, or the arts. The program accommodates both full-time and part-time students.

Of the coursework required for this concentration as described below, at least 24 credits must be in courses related to the study of women and gender and 12 credits in courses in a field focus. All courses related to the study of women and gender must be approved by the head of the concentration in women and gender studies. Students must earn a grade of B- or higher in the core courses.

Students interested in pursuing a dual master's program linking the MAIS degree and a master's degree in another discipline should discuss their interest with the graduate program directors of both programs and review the university policies regarding Individualized Dual Master's Degree Programs. Students approved to pursue dual master's study linking the MAIS degree with a concentration in women and gender studies and the MA philosophy degree will complete WMST 630 Feminist Theories across the Disciplines/PHIL 658 Feminist Theory and 3 additional credits of WMST courses to apply to the philosophy degree as elective credit. Six credits of approved PHIL credits will apply to the MAIS degree as elective credit.

Required Course of Proseminar

MAIS 796 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Core Courses

WMST 630 Feminist Theories across the Disciplines 3
WMST 640 Transnational and Global Feminisms 3
WMST 610 Feminist Approaches to Social Research 3
Students take one course from each of the following areas. 1 6
Race and Intersectionality
 
Social Dynamics of Family Violence  
Gender and Violence in Social Institutions  
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies 2  
Special Topics 3  
Queer and Sexuality Studies
 
WMST 507
Transnational Sexualities  
WMST 509
Gender, Sexuality, and International Migration  
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies 4  
WMST 602
Queer Theory  
Total Credits 15
1

Students may take additional courses from these areas and count them toward their elective credits.

2

When topic is Black Psychology, Gender, Cultures and Health in the US, Race, Gender, Class, and Sport, or Policing Black Bodies.

3

When topic is Gender, Race, Reform 1800-1920 or Gender and Racial Ideology in Jim Crow.

4

When topic is Gender, Sexuality and Disability.

Electives

Students take 15-18 credits in elective courses that address the study of women and gender and that are not part of the core focus. Three of these credits must be in a WMST course from the list below. 1 15-18
Social Dynamics of Family Violence  
Gender and Violence in Social Institutions  
WMST 507
Transnational Sexualities  
WMST 508
Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights  
WMST 509
Gender, Sexuality, and International Migration  
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies (can be repeated for credit)  
Special Topics (can be repeated for credit)  
WMST 602
Queer Theory  
Feminist Research Practice (not required but highly recommended)  
Internship  
Total Credits 15-18
1

Or other WMST course chosen in consultation with the concentration head. Students may also take relevant courses from other disciplines chosen in consultation with the concentration head.

Proposal

MAIS 797 Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal 1
Total Credits 1

Project or Thesis

Select one from the following: 1-4
Interdisciplinary Studies Project (take 1 credit)  
Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)  
Total Credits 1-4
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