Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies

Major: WGST
Degree Awarded: MA
Unit: GA
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/wgs/

Program Information

M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies

The WGST M.A. is open to qualified individuals with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Any undergraduate major is acceptable for admission; however, students without some Women’s 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.

The 37 credit hour interdisciplinary degree program is organized around an 19 credit hour core of two introductory seminars, a one (1) credit hour research/writing course, and a selection of courses in four areas. In addition to the core, students complete a concentration area and either a thesis or culminating project. Faculty in the WGST Department, as well as faculty in other departments of the university, offer courses in the M.A. program.

The WGST M.A. may be completed in four semesters (fall/spring). Most courses are offered in late afternoon or evening. Limited summer offerings are also available.

M.S.S.W./M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies

The dual M.S.S.W./M.A. WGST program recognizes the value of professional education in two interrelated fields and encourages students who have an interest in both Women’s and Gender Studies and Social Work to pursue these degrees simultaneously. Social workers and Women’s and Gender Studies scholars often seek to address identical or related societal concerns, albeit from different perspectives; understanding both disciplines enhances one’s effectiveness in both the analysis of and engagement with contemporary social and cultural issues. Women’s and Gender Studies courses strengthen the social worker’s understanding of the historical foundations for policies and structures that have an impact on social institutions and human conditions; social work courses help Women’s and Gender Studies scholars or activists to better understand human behavior, conflict resolution and social welfare institutions. A Women’s and Gender Studies and Social Work combination provides the tools of social change for an historic problem of gender inequality and injustice.

The curriculum leading to dual degree, a Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies and a Master of Science in Social Work is a 72 credit hour program which combines credits in WGST and the Kent School of Social Work. Students take the core curriculum in both programs, but substitute elective hours with M.A. and M.S.S.W. hours. In addition, the Kent School has tailored its second year-long practicum to focus on issues of gender and women, adding that content and experience for the student. Students must apply and be admitted to both programs in order to pursue the dual degree.

Program Admission Procedure

  1. Students must meet the admission criteria established by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (submit a complete application, submit official transcripts verifying the receipt of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, and pay application fee).
  2. Students must have a 3.0 GPA in undergraduate work. Provisional admission is possible for students who do not meet this requirement.
  3. Students must submit two letters of recommendation (submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies). Letters of recommendation must be current (written within the last year), and letter writers must be familiar with the applicant's academic preparation for graduate study. Members of the WGST Graduate Admissions Committee may not be letter writers.
  4. Students must submit GRE scores to UofL. GRE scores will be one of many factors used in evaluating students for admission.
  5. 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.
  6. Students must submit a personal statement of one-two pages discussing how the M.A. in Women’s & Gender Studies relates to the student’s professional or personal goals (mail directly to the Department of Women’s & Gender Studies).
  7. Any undergraduate major is acceptable for admission; however, students without Women’s 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.
  8. Students must maintain a 3.0 average in order to be in good standing.
  9. Up to six (6) credit hours of graduate-level, “A” or “B” grade work in Women’s and Gender Studies done at another institution may be applied toward the student’s UofL degree, upon approval of the director.
  10. Students enrolled in the UK or WKU graduate certificate programs may transfer up to 12 credit hours of graduate-level “A” or “B” grade work, upon approval of the director.

Curriculum

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

Course #         DescriptionCredit Hours
Foundation Courses:
WGST 600Research Writing in Women's and Gender Studies.1
WGST 601Feminist Research in the Humanities3
or WGST 603History of U.S. Feminisms
WGST 602Feminist Research and Methods in the Social Sciences3
Women's/Gender History
Select one of the following:3
WGST 630
Feminism in Western Civilization
WGST 631
Women in the Twentieth Century in Europe and the U.S.
WGST 633
Women in 19th-Century America
WGST 513
U. S. Social Justice Movements
WGST 632
History of American Sexualities
WGST 591/691
Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (recent example: Global History of Women)
Gender, Race, and Colonialism
Select one of the following, not chosen in another category:3
WGST 612
Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare
WGST 643
Black Women Voices
WGST 640
Women's Health in Africa
WGST 682
Gender, Race and Culture in Health Care
WGST 513
U. S. Social Justice Movements
WGST 545
Southern Women: Black & White
WGST 558
Women in Developing Countries -WR
WGST 591
Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (recent example: Postcolonial Bodies)
WGST 593
Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
WGST 691
Advanced Topics in Women's & Gender Studies-Social Sciences
WGST 692
Advanced Topics in Women's & Gender Studies-Humanities
Humanities Perspectives on Women/Gender
Select one not chosen in another category:3
WGST 622
The Body in Popular Media
WGST 682
Gender, Race and Culture in Health Care
WGST 520
Women's Personal Narratives
WGST 560
Feminist Philosophical Literature
WGST 571
Francophone Women Writers-WR
WGST 593/692
Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (recent example: Feminist Theology)
Social Science Perspectives on Women/Gender
Select one not chosen in another category:3
WGST 656
Feminist Theory
WGST 612
Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare
WGST 615
Seminar in the Sociology of Disabilities
WGST 513
U. S. Social Justice Movements
WGST 538
American Woman in Sports
WGST 545
Southern Women: Black & White
WGST 632
History of American Sexualities
WGST 643
Black Women Voices
WGST 640
Women's Health in Africa
WGST 558
Women in Developing Countries -WR
WGST 591/691
Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (recent example: Gender and the Law)
Concentration
For the concentration, students take three courses in a concentration, either around a theme or a more traditional grouping9
Thesis Option or Non-Thesis Option
Select the thesis or non-thesis option9
Thesis Option
WGST 695
Women's Studies Practicum - SL (or elective (need not be in WGS))
WGST 699
Thesis
Non-Thesis Option
WGST 695
Women's Studies Practicum - SL (or elective (need not be in WGS))
WGST elective
WGST 698
Master's Project
Minimum Total Hours37

Faculty

Nancy M. Theriot
Professor

Chairperson

Karen Christopher

Associate Professor

Cate Fosl

Professor

Dawn Heinecken

Professor

Susan Jarosi

Associate Professor

Diane Pecknold

Associate Professor

Kaila Story
Associate Professor

Audre Lord Endowed Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality

Tomarra Adams

Associate Professor (Affiliated Faculty, Pan-African Studies)

Ann Allen

Professor Emerita (Affiliated Faculty, History)

Simona Bertacco

Assistant Professor (Affiliated Faculty, Humanities)

Beth Boehm

Professor (Affiliated Faculty, English)

Tom Byers

Professor Emeritus (Affiliated Faculty, English)

Karen Chandler

Associate Professor (Affiliated Faculty, English)

Anne Caldwell

Associate Professor (Affiliated Faculty, Political Science)

Julia Dietrich

Professor (Affiliated Faculty, English)

Christine Ehrick

Associate Professor (Affiliated Faculty, History)

Lauren Freeman

Assistant Professor (Affiliated Faculty, Philosophy)

Patricia Gagne

Professor (Affiliated Faculty, Sociology)

Alan Golding

Professor (Affiliated Faculty, English)

Trish Gray

Assistant Professor (Affiliated Faculty, Political Science)

Susan Griffin

Professor (Affiliated Faculty, English)

Karen Hadley

Associate Professor (Affiliated Faculty, English)

Mary Hums

Professor (Affiliated Faculty, Health Education and Promotion)

Greg Hutcheson

Associate Professor (Affiliated Faculty, Classical and Modern Languages)

Lara Kelland

Assistant Professor (Affiliated Faculty, History)

Jongwoo J. Kim

Assistant Professor (Affiliated Faculty, Fine Arts)

Cheryl Kolander

Professor (Affiliated Faculty, Health Education and Promotion)

Karen L. Kopelson

Associate Professor (Affiliated Faculty English)

Gul Marshall

Associate Professor (Affiliated Faculty, Sociology)

Maryam Moazzen

Assistant Professor (Affiliated Faculty, Humanities)

Laura Moyer

Assistant Professor (Affiliated Faculty, Political Science)

Wendy Pfeffer

Professor (Affiliated Faculty, Classical and Modern Languages)

Natalie Polzer

Professor (Affiliated Faculty, Humanities)

Nancy Potter

Professor (Affiliated Faculty, Philosophy)

Theresa Rajack-Talley

Professor (Affiliated Faculty, Pan-African Studies)

Edwin S. Segal

Professor Emeritus (Affiliated Faculty, Anthropology)

Mary P. Sheridan

Associate Professor (Affiliated Faculty, English)

Arthur Slavin

Professor Emeritus (Affiliated Faculty, Humanities)

Mary Stenger

Professor Emerita (Affiliated Faculty, Humanities)

Margaret Walker

Assistant Professor (Affiliated Professor, Geography and GeoSciences)