DEPARTMENT OF WOMEN'S STUDIES
Women’s Studies encourages students to reexamine their own lives and
the world around them in relation to gender, race,
class, and sexuality. The curriculum reflects new subjects, theories, and methodologies based on a cross-cultural,
mutidisciplinary approach to the study of women. In the creation of new knowledge, Women’s Studies sees itself as
connected to the social and political environment outside the university. For a full statement of the department's mission and our goals for the M.A., see: www.albany.edu/ws
Students may pursue an M.A. in Women’s Studies. In addition, for students admitted to more traditional Ph.D. programs at the university and who wish also to pursue the M.A. in Women’s Studies, cross-listed graduate courses fulfill requirements in both programs. Students may also elect a Graduate Certificate in Women and Public Policy. At the graduate level, our faculty cluster in three general areas: 1) Women, Society, and Public Policy; 2) Feminist Writing and Creative Practice; 3) Women in Global and Historical Perspectives.
A limited number of assistantships are available for graduate work in Women’s
Studies. For further information, about the
program, and deadline for application for graduate assistantships, please contact the Department.
Combined B.A.-M.A. Program
Qualified undergraduates may apply for admission to the M.A. program and, if accepted, simultaneously work toward completion of the requirements for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. See Combined Baccalaureate-Master's Degree Programs for details.
A Master’s degree in Women’s Studies prepares students for graduate
work and professional training in a variety of fields.
Students who earn an M.A. in Women’s Studies may apply for further graduate study in women’s studies doctoral programs,
or profession study in law, social welfare, or public administration. They also find employment in community agencies
(women’s centers, counseling centers, battered women’s shelters, rape crisis centers, women’s health centers, and women’s
vocational agencies), in diversity education (in schools, government agencies, and business), and with campus-based women’s
Program Leading to the Master of Arts in Women's Studies
(32 Credits Minimum)