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Graduate Program Chair in Musicology, Eric Chafe

Joint MA Advisor in Music & Women's and Gender Studies, Allan R. Keiler

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Master of Arts in Music & Women's and Gender Studies

For doctoral students (only) we offer an interdisciplinary program with Women's and Gender Studies, leading to a joint M.A. in passing in music & women's and gender studies. Topics include feminist theory, gender studies, cultural history, and the investigation of work by and about women.

Requirements for this program include:

  • WMGS 205a, the foundational course in Women's and Gender Studies.
  • One course in feminist research methodologies (WMGS 208b, or the Feminist Inquiry course offered through the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies).
  • Two courses at the graduate level from another department as listed as electives in Women's and Gender Studies. Directed reading course WMGS 299a,b may serve as one of the electives.
  • Four courses at the graduate level in the music department. One graduate course from the consortium that is related to music & women’s and gender studies may be substituted. One of the four courses must include a seminar paper that focuses on a topic related to women’s and gender studies. In cases where this is not possible, an independent study leading to a paper addressing an issue specifically related to music & women’s and gender studies may be substituted. MUS 171a is also required.
  • Attendance at all departmental musicology colloquia and women’s and gender studies colloquia.
  • Completion of a Master's research paper of professional quality and length (normally twenty-five to forty pages) on a topic related to the joint degree. The paper will be read by two faculty members, one of whom is a member of the music department and one of whom is a member of the Women's and Gender Studies core or affiliate faculty.
  • Additional requirements as listed in the accompanying Ph.D. program.