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Doctor of Philosophy in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program requires completion of core and elective courses and demonstration of depth in a chosen concentration. Candidates must complete a minimum of 13 credit hours of required courses in WGSS and 15 credit hours of elective WGSS courses. In addition, the student must take a minimum of 18 credit hours (at least 3 in theory, 3 in methods, and 3 in a field or as electives) in a concentration selected from an approved list. Students also must satisfy the research skills and responsible scholarship requirement by acquiring proficiency in a foreign language (through second or third year) and/or by completing 9 credit hours in relevant methodology and research both in WGSS and in the area of their concentration. At the end of 30 hours of course work (21 in WGSS and 9 in a concentration), students take a qualifying oral examination (normally at the end of the student's second year); this will decide whether the student takes an M.A. and leaves the program or continues on toward the Ph.D. After completion of 31 credit hours in WGSS, all 18 hours in the concentration, and the research skills and responsible scholarship requirement, students undergo a comprehensive oral examination, the centerpiece of which is a portfolio of all major written work (exams, papers, syllabi), a professional essay, and a dissertation prospectus. A minimum of 9 credit hours is required to write the dissertation.

For more information, see the Ph.D. program website and the Graduate Student Manual, accessible on that website.

Required Graduate Courses in WGSS

History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 3
WGSS 801 Women and Gender Studies: Theory and Methods 3
Feminist Methodologies 3
WGSS 803 Feminist Pedagogy (0.5 hour, taken twice) 1
WGSS 804 Professional Development (1 hour, taken three times) 3

Elective Courses (minimum of 15) chosen from a list of recommended graduate courses or approved by the graduate director in consultation with the student's graduate committee. The WGSS graduate student handbook lists a selection of the approved courses.

Theory, Methodology, and Fields or Electives (18 hours) in a concentration chosen from the following: African and African-American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Film and Media Studies, History, History of Art, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Theatre. The WGSS graduate student handbook lists a selection of the approved courses in the concentrations.

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