The Stand Alone MA Experience

Derek Whitt

"I came to the program to fortify my comprehension of gender theory, and the program exceeded my expectations. With multiple opportunities to explore not just theory, but its implication for social justice and education, I've gained critical skills for the job market."

Derek Whitt, MA '14

Stand Alone Master's Degree in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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

Candidates for the degree of Masters of Arts in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies must fulfill the residence requirement of one full year of coursework (eight semester courses), and successfully complete the following course requirements as outlined below.  See the University Bulletin for an updated list of course descriptions and the Registrar’s website for a list of classes currently being offered.

A. WMGS 205a, the graduate foundational course in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (usually offered in the fall semester).

B. A course in feminist research methodologies (WMGS 208b, usually offered in the spring semester) or the Feminist Inquiry course offered through the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies).

C. Six elective graduate courses, four of which must be cross listed with WMGS. Students must complete a coherent course of study that is approved by a faculty advisor. Normally, only one of these courses may be a Directed Reading course (WMGS 310a,b).

D. MA Paper Requirement: Completion of a Master's research paper of professional quality and length (normally 25-40 pages) on a topic related to the course of study. The paper will be read by two faculty members, one of whom must be 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, "Master's Project." However, this course may not count toward the eight required courses.

E. The program may take an additional one or two semesters to complete as an Extended Master's student.