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Women's and Gender Studies (MA)

​The MA in Women's and Gender Studies offers a cutting edge curriculum that focuses on the interconnectedness of local, global, and transnational feminist theories, methodologies, research, public policies, and social movements; attends to interlocking systems of oppression and privilege--gender, race, sexuality, class, nation--to address issues of power, resistance, and social transformation; connects feminist theories to activism and social justice; and engages communities through research, advocacy, and service.
Women’s Studies and Gender Studies are complementary interdisciplinary fields whose research, scholarship, and creative activities examine women’s lives, conditions, and contributions within their historical, social, cultural, national, and transnational contexts and explore how gender is constructed and negotiated within and across societies.  Women’s and men’s identities and experiences are examined through the constructs of gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ability, culture, religion, nation etc. within broader historical, social, and global contexts, such as colonialism and globalization, among others.

Through feminist and gender-based theories and methodologies, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies offers critical analyses, reflections, and contributions to knowledge regarding interlocking systems of oppression and privilege, thereby addressing issues of power, resistance and social transformation.  In addition, the emphasis on critical theory and analysis allows for work that interrogates feminist discourses as well as those of other disciplines in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.  By crossing the boundaries of traditional fields of study, the department seeks to create new, coherent understandings of human experiences. For more information, contact Dr. Sanjukta Mukherjee, Graduate Director.

The MA in Women’s and Gender Studies requires completion of 48 credit hours. All Core, and many Elective courses, will be offered during the evening. The program requires five Core courses, five or six Elective courses organized around a focus tailored to the individual student’s needs, and a Capstone consisting of either a two-course Thesis Option, a two-course Practical or Creative Project Option, or a one-course Portfolio option.
Course offerings are scheduled so that students will ordinarily complete the program in two years. 

The MA in Women’s and Gender Studies may also be expanded to include select graduate certificate programs covering particular areas of interest.  Students participating in a combined MA/certificate program should consult with their academic advisor to determine what coursework might count toward both programs.  A separate application process for the certificate is required.  Students who are interested in any of the following combination programs should contact the Graduate Student Services Office for additional information.

  • Women’s and Gender Studies + Digital Humanities Certificate
  • Women’s and Gender Studies + Global Health Certificate
  • Women’s and Gender Studies + Public Health Certificate
  • Women’s and Gender Studies + Social Research Certificate
Core Requirements 20 hours
​Capstone Requirements ​4-8 hours
​Elective Requirements ​20-24 hours
   Total hours required    48 hours