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Joint M.A. with Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Course Requirements

WMNS 205a, or a foundational course alternative.

WMNS 208b, or the Feminist Inquiry course offered through the graduate consortium in women's studies, or a feminist research methodologies course alternative.

Five additional courses in the English department selected from 100-level courses and graduate seminars (200-level courses), at least three of which must be at the 200 level and one of which must be listed as an elective with the women's & gender studies program. ENG 200a (Approaches to Literary and Cultural Studies) is optional but recommended. (ENG 352a/b cannot be counted towards the 200-level requirement.) Normally, only one of these courses may be a Directed Reading course.

One cross-listed women's, gender, and sexuality studies course in a department other than the English Department.

Note: ENG 350a (Proseminar), a credit/no-credit course that does not count toward the eight course requirement, is optional but recommended.

The program may take an additional one or two semesters beyond the first year to complete as an Extended Master's student.

Language Requirement

A reading knowledge of a language other than English with evident relevance to intended field of student or to professional commitments must be demonstrated by passing a written translation examination. The completion of the language requirement at another university does not exempt the student from the Brandeis requirement. MA candidates who are native speakers of a language other than English are exempt from the requirement.

Joint MA Paper Requirement

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, at least one of whom is a member of the English department, and at least one of whom is a member of the women's and gender studies core or affiliate faculty. In consultation with the primary advisor, a student may register for WMGS 299a,b, "Master's Project." However, this course may not count toward the eight required courses.