Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies
Admission to Program
In order to be admitted to the program, students must meet all general university requirements. The most competitive candidates will have a minimum of nine to 12 undergraduate WGS or equivalent units with previous work in the feminist study of some or all of the following areas: race, gender, sexuality, colonialism, labor, disability. Students are expected to possess a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester units attempted for the bachelor's degree.
Applicants must provide the department graduate admissions committee with the following items:
- transcripts of all previous coursework;
- a written statement of background, intentions, and goals, including experience in Women and Gender Studies and with feminist literatures, rationale for pursuing the M.A., and relation of the M.A. in Women and Gender Studies to prior academic work and to career objectives;
- two letters of reference from individuals with direct knowledge of the applicant's scholarly ability.
For admission, applications are due February 1.
Written English Proficiency Requirement
The University has a requirement for written English proficiency that is to be assessed at two different levels.
Evaluated on the pre-admittance writing sample.
Advancement to Candidacy
The Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) is filed after the student has completed a minimum of 12 units, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better, and not later than the semester before graduating. Once the ATC is approved, the student is advanced to candidacy.
Women and Gender Studies (M.A.) — 30 units
Core Courses (18 units)
|WGS 700||Introduction to Graduate Study||3|
|WGS 710||Feminist Social Movements||3|
|WGS 712||Queer Theories||3|
|WGS 713||Intellectual Genealogies||3|
|WGS 720||Feminist Pedagogies||3|
|or WGS 798||Feminist Internship: Gender and the Nonprofit Industrial Complex|
|WGS 820||Feminist Research Methods||3|
Culminating Experience (3 units)
|Select one of the following on advisement:|
|WGS 894||Creative Work Project||3|
|WGS 895||Field Study Project||3|
|Directed Reading - Culminating Experience Examination Preparation|
and Culminating Experience Examination
|WGS 898||Master's Thesis||3|
Related Field Units (9 units)
(upon approval of graduate advisor)
WGS 797 Advanced Feminist Graduate Literatures (3 units) is recommended in the second year.