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Women's and Gender Studies (MA)

The Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) emphasizes critical theory and analysis, allowing 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, we seek to create new, coherent understandings of human experiences.

The program examines:

  • Women's lives, conditions and contributions within their historical, social, cultural, national and transnational contexts; and
  • Explores how gender is constructed and negotiated within and across societies.

 Program Highlights

The MA in WGS 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, address issues of power, resistance and social transformation.
  • Connects feminist theories to activism and social justice.
  • Engages communities through research, advocacy and service.

Flexible Locations and Times

All core, and many elective courses, are offered during the evening.

Program Length

The WGS graduate program requires completion of 48 credit hours: five core courses, five or six elective courses organized around a focus tailored to your needs, and a capstone (thesis, practical/creative project or portfolio).

Course offerings are scheduled so that students will ordinarily complete the program in two years.  

As of January 2016 WGS will be offering 3 Graduate Assistantships

Students applying for the 2018-2019 academic year who would like to be considered for a graduate assistantship must submit their application materials by February 15, 2018. See the Call for Application for Graduate Assistantships for additional info.