2012-2014 Plan of Study

 

Women's & Gender Studies M.A. Requirements

 

The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students who strive to build a firm scholarly foundation by which to create social change. The curriculum integrates feminist theory, gender-focused research, and real-world experience. The WGS programs offers a self-designed thesis track or an applied non-thesis track that focuses on gender and violence prevention or gender and wellness.

 

As a WGS student, you will have the opportunity to:

 

  • Examine theories concerning the social and historical constructions of gender;

  • Explore how gender defines relationships among women, among men, and between men and women;

  • Recognize that women's lives have been underrepresented in traditional disciplines and investigate previously neglected materials in order to identify women's as well as men's roles in cultural or social endeavors;

  • Study, compare, and evaluate an array of disciplinary perspectives on gender, including, but not limited to, cross-cultural, economic, sociological, historical, and literary perspectives;

  • Identify intersections of gender with race, class, age, sexual identity, and ethnicity, both locally and globally, both in the present and in the past;

  • Employ new methodological and critical approaches to materials customarily treated in other ways, revising the content and assumptions of particular disciplines to address gender and related issues more effectively.

 

The M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies Curriculum

 

Common Core (13 hours – required for all students):

WGS 6289. Graduate Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: Comparative Feminist Theories (3 hrs.)

WGS 6291. Graduate Pro-Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies (1hr.)

Feminist Theories in the Social Sciences and Humanities Course (3 hours)

Choose one of the following:

  • SOC 5071. Feminist Theories in the Social Sciences — 3 hrs.                                        

  • ENGLISH 6120. Feminist Literary Theories and Practice — 3 hrs.

  • PHIL 6010. Critical Perspectives on Gender — 3 hrs.

  • COMM 5346. Gender Issues in Communication — 3 hrs.

 

History Course (3 hours):

Choose of the following:

  • HISUS 5260. United States Women's History — 3 hrs.

  • HISEUB 5690. Modern European Women's History — 3 hrs.

 

Research Methodology (3 hrs.)

Choose one of the following:

  • INTDEPED 7305. Qualitative Methods in Educational Research — 3 hrs.

  • MEASRES 7301. Advanced Experimental Research in Education — 3 hrs.

  • PSYCH 6002. Research Design — 3 hrs.

  • ENGLISH 5120. Images of Women in Literature — 3 hrs.

  • ENGLISH 5140. Literary Criticism — 3 hrs.           

  • ENGLISH 6100. Introduction to Graduate Study in English — 3 hrs.

  • HIST 6050. Historical Methods — 3 hrs.

  • COMMGRAD 6022-01. Quantitative Methods — 3 hrs.

  • COMMGRAD 6022-02. Qualitative Methods — 3 hrs.

  • COMMGRAD 6022-03. Critical Methods — 3 hrs.

  • SOC 5015. Qualitative Research Methods — 3 hrs.

  • ANTH 5015. Qualitative Research Methods — 3 hrs.

  • HPELS 6210. Quantitative Methods in HPELS — 3 hrs.

  • HPELS 6215. Qualitative Methods — 3 hrs.

  • LYHS 6410. Evaluation, Research and Accountability — 3 hrs.

 

Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination is required for both tracks.

 

Thesis Track:

If pursuing a Ph.D. is your goal, the thesis track is designed for you to create your own unique course of study specific to your goals.  The thesis track requires a minimum of 31 semester hours of study with a minimum of 15 hours of 6000-level course.

Curriculum Requirement:

  • Common Core — 13 hrs.

  • WGS 6299. Thesis Research — 6 hrs.

  • Self-selected electives related to Thesis Topic — 12 hrs.

  • Completion of a thesis or creative project

Applied Track:

 

If making a difference in the world is your goal, the applied track will provide knowledge, skills, and experience. You will be prepared to work in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors with a focus in gender and violence prevention; gender and wellness; or self-designed course of study. The applied track requires the completion 32 semester hours of student with of 12 of those hours at the 6000-level.  You will have the chance to delve deeper into your focus by completing an internship and exploring your specific interest by completing a culminating research project.    

  

Curriculum Requirements

  • Common Core — 13 Hrs.

  • WGS 6195 Internship — 4 hrs.

  • LYHS 6406 Fundraising and Grant Writing for Nonprofit Agencies — 3 hrs.

  • Electives in Focus Area — 12 hrs.

  • Completing of a culminating project

 

Gender and Wellness Focus Area

 

Required coursework (Choose one of the following.):

  • HPE 5162. Introduction to Women's Health — 3 hrs.

  • HPE 5328. Selected Topics in Women's Health — 3 hrs.

 

Electives (Choose 9 hours of the following.):

  • HPE 5162. Introduction to Women's Health — 3 hrs.

  • HPE 5328. Selected Topics in Women's Health — 3 hrs.

  • HPE 5161. Global Health Mission — 3 hrs.

  • HPE 5167. Cultural Competency for the Helping Professions — 1 hr.

  • HPE 5247. Minority Health — 2 hrs.

  • HPE 5256. Implementing Public Health and Health Promotion Programs — 3 hrs.

  • HPE 5353. Public Health Theory and Application — 3 hrs.

  • HPE 5438. International Health — 2 hrs.

  • HPE 7214. Health Disparities — 3 hrs.

 Gender and Violence Prevention Focus Area

 Complete 12 hours of the following:

  • FAM SERV 5145. Violence in Intimate Relationships — 3 hrs.
  • COMM 5447. Performance and Social Change — 3 hrs.

  • COMM 5346. Gender Issues in Communication — 3 hrs.

  • SOC 5050. Men and Masculinities — 3 hrs.

  • CRIM 5319. Victimology — 3 hrs.

  • CRIM 5331. Women, Crime and Society — 3 hrs.

  • WGS 6297. Practicum — 1-3 hrs. (Violence prevention topic)

 

A Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies is also available.

For more information contact the Women's and Gender Studies office, Sabin 225, 319-273-7102, or www.uni.edu/womenstudies.