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Graduate Degree Programs

Women's Studies (WMNST)

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MELISSA WRIGHT, Head, Department of Women's Studies
LISE NELSON, Graduate Officer

133 Willard Building
814-863-4025; fax: 814-863-3578

 

Degrees Conferred

Students electing this program through participating departments will earn a degree with a dual title at both the Ph.D. and M.A./M.S. levels, i.e., Ph.D. in (graduate program name) and Women's Studies, or M.A./M.S. in (graduate program name) and Women's Studies.

The following graduate programs offer dual degrees in Women's Studies: Art Education, Curriculum and Instruction, English, French, Geography, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Rural Sociology.

 

The Graduate Faculty

Women's Studies-affiliated faculty include individuals with budgeted appointments in Women's Studies and individuals with courtesy joint appointments.

 

The Program

Dual-title degrees grounded both in Women's Studies and a given discipline will acknowledge and foster scholarly work across disciplines. A dual-title degree program will increase the intellectual rigor and breadth of graduate work through immersion of candidates in Women's Studies and their discipline. The dual-title degree will also provide a context in which students can learn to synthesize knowledge within and across disciplinary boundaries. In addition, a dual-title degree program provides students with an opportunity for increased work within a pedagogical framework that also encourages an interdisciplinary approach to teaching.

The primary advantages of dual-title degrees include the intellectual and academic advantages of interdisciplinary, strengthening the reputation of individual programs/departments through innovative degree programs, increased recruitment of quality graduate students, and improved placement of doctoral graduates.

The dual-title degree programs do not duplicate other degree programs in the University.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements set forth by the Graduate School and the cooperating department, students will be admitted to graduate study in Women's Studies by an admissions committee of Women's Studies-affiliated faculty. The Women's Studies program will follow the timetable and admission requirements of the cooperating department. Applicants should have a junior/senior cumulative average of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and appropriate course background should be considered for study. It is required that prospective students seeking admission to a dual-title degree program will write a statement of purpose that addresses the ways in which their research and professional goals will reflect an interest in interdisciplinary and feminist research.

Degree Requirements

The dual-title degree will have requirements above those for the graduate minor, which currently requires 9 credit hours for the M.A./M.S. and 15 credit hours for the Ph.D. The requirements for the dual-title degree include increased course work, additional components to the comprehensive exams at the doctoral level, and the completion of women's studies related theses at both the master's and doctoral level. Degree requirements for dual-title degrees in Political Science, French, History, English, Education, Geography, Curriculum and Instruction, and Philosophy will be added to the Women's Studies Graduate Handbook.

Master's Degree

9 required credits (WMNST 501, WMNST 502, WMNST 507)
3 additional credits of Women's Studies course work
Thesis on a Women's Studies-related topic, or another 3 additional credits of Women's Studies course work and a master's essay will be approved by the student's committee

Ph.D. Degree

9 required credits (WMNST 501, WMNST 502, WMNST 507)
9 additional credits of Women's Studies course work (at least 6 of these should be at the 500 level)
Comprehensive examination in Women's Studies and the disciplinary field
Dissertation on a Women's Studies-related topic will be approved by the student's committee

Foreign Language and English Competency Requirements

The student will fulfill the language requirement specified by the cooperating department through which the student is admitted to the dual-title degree program.

Candidacy

In order to be admitted to doctoral candidacy in the dual-title degree program, students must meet the Ph.D. candidacy requirements specified by the cooperating department. In addition, the student will be required to present a portfolio of work in Women's Studies to their committee. Such a portfolio would include a statement of the student's interdisciplinary research interests, a program plan, and samples of writing that indicate the student's work in Women's Studies.

Committee Composition

For a dual-title M.A./M.S., the recommended student's committee will include at least one Women's Studies-affiliated faculty member.

For a dual-title Ph.D., 2 out of 4 members of the committee will be Women's Studies-affiliated faculty members.

Comprehensive Exams

The Women's Studies affiliated faculty members on the student's committee are responsible for administering a comprehensive examination in Women's Studies that constitutes a portion of the student's comprehensive exams. The women's studies portion of the exam will focus on the following areas: feminist theory, feminist methodology, global feminism, and feminist studies in the student's discipline.

Dissertation

A dissertation on a women's studies topic is required of students in the dual-title degree program. The women's studies-related topic of the dissertation will be approved by the student's committee.

Women's Studies Minor

An interdisciplinary dual-degree graduate minor is available, administered by the Women's Studies program. Each student's major and minor is planned by the student and the Women's Studies graduate adviser in consultation with the student's graduate adviser in his or her major field.

Master's Minor Requirements: Master's-level dual-title degree students are required to take 9 credits of course work in Women's Studies: WMNST 501 Feminist Perspectives on Research and Teaching (3 credits); WMNST 502 Global Feminism (3 credits); and WMNST 507 Feminist Theory (3 credits). Students also must complete 3 additional credits in Women's Studies, chosen in consultation with the Women's Studies graduate adviser.

Doctoral Minor Requirements: Doctoral-level dual-title degree students are required to take 9 credits of course work in Women's Studies: WMNST 501 Feminist Perspectives on Research and Teaching (3 credits); WMNST 502 Global Feminism (3 credits); and WMNST 507 Feminist Theory (3 credits). Students also must complete 9 additional credits of Women's Studies course work (at least 6 of which should be at the 500 level), chosen in consultation with the Women's Studies graduate adviser.

9 credits required credits of Women's Studies courses for master's level
15 credits required credits of Women's Studies courses for doctoral level

The above credits are in addition to the requirements for the student's major. Six credits consist of required courses in feminist theory (3) and feminist methodology (3). The remaining credits may include a combination of WMNST 400- and 500-level courses, as well as special topics courses (numbered 497 and 597) and independent/individual studies (496 and 596).

Prescribed courses (6 credits): WMNST 507 Feminist Theory; WMNST 501 Feminist Perspectives on Research and Teaching

Additional courses (a minimum of 3 credits at the 500 level)

Student Aid

Graduate assistantships available to students in this program and other forms of student aid are described in the STUDENT AID section of the Graduate Bulletin.

 

 

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2001

Blue Sheet Item #: 29-07-048

Review Date: 9/2/03

3/28/08 (moved minor description into program description, per Graduate School)

Faculty linked: 6/5/14; Department head updated: 10/1/15

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