The interdisciplinary doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.)
program in women's and gender studies investigates gender and sexuality in
social, cultural, and historical contexts from cross-cultural and multiracial
perspectives. The graduate course offerings explore the intricate connections
between feminist theory and practice, illuminate the intersections of gender
and sexual identities with other socially and culturally produced identities, and
consider women's and gender issues in a global context. The program includes 18 hours of core courses and 21 additional hours of coursework, in addition to the successful completion of qualifying examinations and a doctoral dissertation.
The master of arts (M.A.) program is a liberal arts degree providing students with an opportunity to pursue advanced interdisciplinary work in women's and gender studies, thus enabling them to become active practitioners in this rapidly expanding field of study. The program is structured as a "terminal" master's degree and may also serve as a supplement for professional degrees in fields such as law, social work, public health, labor studies, public policy, or clinical psychology. With an increasing emphasis on careers focusing on the delivery of services to women and a rethinking of the needs of women and families worldwide, women's and gender studies helps to fill a growing demand for experts versed in women's and gender issues. The M.A. program is designed to emphasize global and multicultural perspectives on these matters.