Women and Gender Studies Department {College of Liberal & Creative Arts}

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Current MA Students

Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies

Department Chair: Deborah Cohler

Graduate Coordinator: Nan Alamilla Boyd

Suggested Timeline for Completion of MA

Fall (First Year)

WGS 700: Introduction to Graduate Study

WGS 720: Feminist Pedagogies (strongly recommended if GAing)


Spring (First Year)

WGS 712 Queer Theories

WGS 713 Intellectual Genealogies

By end of Spring semester, begin conceptualizing thesis project and meet with faculty advisor.

Fall (Second Year)

WGS 710 Feminist Social Movements (may also be taken in Fall of first year)

WGS 820 Feminist Research Methods

WGS 798 Feminist Internship: Gender and the Nonprofit Industrial Complex
Early October: Select 1st and 2nd Thesis Readers,
File ATC, Culminating Experience Form, Human and/or Animal Subjects Protocol Form (if applicable) and other related forms

Spring (Second Year)

Mid-Feb.: Culminating Experience (WGS 894,895,898)



File Application for Award of Degree/Graduation 

April 1: Submit a complete draft of thesis to committee
Mid-May: Thesis due to University

Semester End: Fill out Exit Survey


On the morning of the University Commencement Ceremony (usually from 10:00 a.m. to noon), the Department of Women and Gender Studies hosts a party to recognize all graduating WGS BA (major and minor) and MA students and to celebrate with them and their friends and family. The party includes a brief program where each graduating student’s name is read. Students who are graduating in the Fall semester may decide whether or not they would like to be recognized either the semester before or after (not both). The party is free and open to all who would like to join the celebration. In the interests of space, however, we require that students RSVP with the number of their guests by two weeks before the party.

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