M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies

 

Admission Requirements

  • Students must meet the admission criteria established by the UofL Graduate School.
  • Students must have a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work. Provisional admission is possible for students who do not meet this requirement.
  • Students must submit two letters of recommendation (submitted to the Graduate School). Letters of recommendation must be current (written within the last year). It is preferable that letters be written by people who have direct knowledge of your academic work (your professors and/or academic advisors). Members of the WGS Graduate Admissions Committee may not be letter-writers.
  • Students must achieve a combined GRE score of at least 900 (if tested prior to August, 2011) or a combined score of 300 (if tested after August, 2011). Provisional admission is possible for students with lower scores.
  • Students must submit one academic writing sample of at least five pages (a paper written as part of the requirements of a university or college course), which should be mailed directly to the Department of Women's & Gender Studies). The Graduate Admissions Committee will determine whether the student has the necessary level of competence in written communication to enter the M.A. program.
  • Students must submit a personal statement of 1-2 pages discussing how the M.A. in Womens & Gender Studies relates to the students professional or personal goals (mail directly to the Department of Womens & Gender Studies).
  • Any undergraduate major is acceptable for admission; however, students without Womens and Gender Studies background may be required to take preparatory courses before beginning the M.A. curriculum or in addition to the M.A. curriculum. This will be determined by the Graduate Admissions Committee.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 average in order to be in good standing.
  • Up to 6 hours of graduate-level, A or B work in Womens and Gender Studies done at another institution may be applied toward the students UofL degree, upon approval of the director.
  • Students enrolled in the UK or WKU graduate certificate programs may transfer up to 12 hours of graduate-level  A or B work, upon approval of the director.

 

Program Description

The Master of Arts in Womens and Gender Studies is a 37-hour program of interdisciplinary work. It includes 19 hours of core courses; 9 hours in a concentration; a thesis or non-thesis option; and 3-6 hours of electives, depending on whether the thesis or non-thesis is chosen. At least 20 of the 36 hours must be in courses at the 600 level.

The 19-hour core of required courses begins with three foundation courses, Research and Writing in WGS (WGST 600, a 1-hour course); Feminist Research and Methods in the Social Sciences (WGST 602); and either Feminist Research and Theory in the Humanities (WGST 601) OR History of American Feminisms (WGST 603). The remaining core is divided into four topic areas, and students must choose at least one course from each area. The topics are: Womens/Gender History; Gender, Race, and Colonialism; Humanities Perspectives on Women/Gender; and Social Science Perspectives on Women/Gender.

The concentration area consists of nine hours of course work either around a theme or a more traditional grouping. For example, students may choose to focus on women/gender in the humanities or the social sciences. Students may also choose to focus on gender and race, womens literature, womens/gender history, women/gender and/in religious traditions, etc.

Both thesis and non-thesis students may choose three hours of a free elective (an elective that need not be in Womens and Gender Studies) or a practicum, a research project  based on the students work in a community organization. For thesis students, the remaining six hours of the 36-hour M.A. will consist of thesis hours (WGST 699). Students who choose the non-thesis option will enroll in WGST 698 (Masters Project, 3 hours) for their culminating essay or research project, and will take one additional Womens and Gender Studies elective to complete the 36-hour M.A.

M.A. Curriculum: total of 37 hours

The M.A. curriculum includes 19 hours of core courses; 9 hours in a concentration; a thesis or non-thesis option; and 3-9 hours of electives, depending on whether the thesis is chosen. At least 18 of the 36 hours must be in courses at the 600 level.

Core Curriculum, 19 hours:

Foundation courses:

WGST 600: Research and Writing in WGS (1 hour)
WGST 602: Feminist Research and Theory in the Social Sciences (3 hours)

and EITHER
WGST 601: Feminist Research and Theory in the Humanities (3 hours)
OR
WGST 603: History of American Feminisms (3 hours)

 

Women's/Gender History, choose one (3 hours)

WGST 513: U.S. Social Justice Movements
WGST 630: Feminism in Western Civilization
WGST 631: Women in Europe and the U.S. in the 20th Century
WGST 633: Women in 19th-Century America
WGST 632: History of Sexualities
WGST 591/691: Topics in WGS [recent example: Latin American Women]

 

Gender, Race, and Colonialism, choose one not chosen in another category (3 hours)

WGST 513: U.S. Social Justice Movements
WGST 545: Southern Women, Black and White
WGST 558: Women and Leadership in Developing Nations
WGST 612: Gender, Race, Work and Welfare
WGST 640: Women's Health in Africa
WGST 643: Black Women's Voices
WGST 682: Gender, Race, and Culture in Health Care
WGST 591, 593, 691, 692: Topics in WGS [recent example: Women in East Asia]

 

Humanities Perspectives on Women/Gender, choose one not chosen in another category (3 hours)

WGST 520: Women's Personal Narratives
WGST 560: Feminist Philosophical Literature
WGST 571: Francophone Women Writers and Critics
WGST 622: The Body in Popular Media
WGST 682: Gender, Race, and Culture in Health Care
WGST 593/WGST 692: Topics in WGS [recent example: Feminist Theology]

 

Social Science Perspectives on Women/Gender, choose one not chosen in another category (3 hours)

WGST 513: U.S. Social Justice Movements
WGST 538: American Women in Sports
WGST 558: Women and Leadership in Developing Nations
WGST 656: Feminist Theory
WGST 612: Gender, Race, Work and Welfare
WGST 615: Sociology of Disabilities
WGST 640: Women's Health in Africa
WGST 643: Black Women's Voices
WGST 645: Southern  Women, Black and White
WGST 591/691: Topics in WGS [recent example: Geography of Women and Gender]

 

Concentration, 9 hours: For the concentration, students take three courses in a concentration, either around a theme or a more traditional grouping.

 

Thesis option or non-thesis option, 9 hours:

Thesis option:

In addition to the core and the concentration:
WGST 695: Practicum  or elective (need not be in WGS), 3 hours
WGST: 699: Thesis, 6 hours

Non-thesis option:

In addition to the core and the concentration:
WGST 695: Practicum or elective (need not be in WGS), 3 hours
WGST elective, 3 hours
WGST 698: Culminating Master's Project