Study the Sociology of Gender and Sexual Identity
It's as important as ever to study gender diversity and inequality from a sociological standpoint in light of the #MeToo movement revealing the prevalence of sexual harassment, and transgender activists still fighting for civil rights.
If you're interested in becoming an advocate for women and the LGBTQ community, UAlbany's joint master's in women's, gender and sexuality studies and doctorate in sociology program will prepare you for your professional journey.
This dual MA/PhD program provides a foundation in sociological theories and methods that intertwine with studies in women's rights and gender and sexual identities.
Sample course titles include: Situated Sexualities and Transnational Activism, Global Politics of Women's Bodies, Transformative Storytelling and Black Diasporas, Feminisms, and Sexual Politics.
In this combined MA/PhD program, you collaborate with faculty in both the sociology and women's, gender and sexuality studies departments.
As you complete your requirements, you gain practical skills in quantitative, qualitative, and historical comparative methods that you'll use in your own research.
Because the department maintains partnerships with many mission-based community organizations, you can gain real-world experience working in areas such as reproductive justice, independent media, citizen political participation, LGBTQ issues, gender violence, and policy making.
- Graduate Orientation
- Feminist Theory
- Research Seminar
- Elective courses in a coherent field of study
- One course related to intersections of race, class, sexuality, and/or nationality
- One course in an unfamiliar area of study that broadens your interdisciplinary perspective
- Final Project
For the masters final project, you may count the directed reading and comprehensive exam for your Sociology PhD requirements toward this option, provided you include an exam topic relating to women's, gender, and sexuality studies.
- Research Methods
- Sociological Theories I and II
- Intermediate Statistics
- Orientation to Sociology
- Multivariate Analysis
- Teaching Tool Requirement
- Supporting courses as advised
Earning two degrees automatically expands the number of job opportunities you'll have after graduation.
The master's part of the program immediately prepares you to work with women's and LGBTQ community organizations.
Sample Non-Teaching Job Titles
- Human Services Administrator
- Domestic Violence Advocate
- Women's Health Clinic Counselor
- Communications Consultant
With the doctorate in sociology, you can also pursue academic fellowships and teaching positions at universities and liberal arts colleges, and senior research positions with employers like those listed below.
- Social justice think tanks
- Public health organizations
- Policy research institutes
- Federal agencies like the U.S. Census Bureau