Master of Arts in the Field of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The master of arts in the field of women's, gender, and sexuality studies program enables students to develop leadership and expertise in this growing field. The program's interdisciplinary curriculum focus on feminist theory, as well as social scientific and humanistic knowledge about women, gender, and sexuality in the United States and around the world. Students analyze discourses and structures of power, particularly as they are grounded in gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, and nationality. The program may be tailored to meet a wide array of interests in either applied women's, gender, and sexuality studies or in advanced interdisciplinary or discipline-based scholarship.

Graduates of the program apply their knowledge and skills to careers in government and nonprofit organizations as teachers, researchers, public affairs specialists, and advocacy organization leaders.  Some go on to earn doctoral or other advanced degrees.

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The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 36 credits, including 15 credits in required courses and 21 credits in elective courses. Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is also required.

WGSS 6220Fundamentals of Feminist Theory
WGSS 6221Research Issues in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
WGSS 6225Contemporary Feminist Theory
6 credits from one of the following options:
WGSS 6283Practicum in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
WGSS 6283
WGSS 6295
Practicum in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
and Independent Research in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
WGSS 6998
WGSS 6999
Thesis Research
and Thesis Research (taken for 3 credits each)
With the advisor’s approval, students develop a four-course (12 credit) concentration. In addition, they take three elective courses (9 credits) that may or may not be related to their chosen concentration.
All candidates are required to pass a Master's Comprehensive Examination

*Another course may be substituted with the advisor’s approval.