M.A. Program

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies encourages students to reexamine their own lives and the world around them in relation to gender, race, class, and sexuality. The graduate 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, Gender and Sexuality Studies sees itself as connected to the social and political environment outside the university.

A Master’s degree in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies prepares students for graduate work and professional training in a variety of fields.  Students who earn an M.A. in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality 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 centers.

The Graduate Director is the academic advisor for all M.A. students.

Faculty and graduate students of the WGSS department attended the annual National Women's Studies Association Conference, which took place in Baltimore from November 16-19, 2017.


Stephanie Kaylor, a WGSS alumna, with black feminist and prison abolitionist Angela Davis


Graduate student panel, featuring Steph deNormand, Lydia Malone, Elizabeth Harwood, and Ess Niesl.


Joint faculty Lani Jones with black feminist scholar-activists Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Barbara Smith, and Barbara Ransby


WGSS chair Janell Hobson with Gloria Steinem at the Ms. Magazine booth. Hobson is a regular contributor to Ms.


Vivien Ng, core faculty and previous WGSS chair as well as former NWSA president, with current NWSA president Barbara Ransby and former NWSA president Bonnie Thornton Dill


Affiliated faculty Tamika Carey, Social Welfare faculty Robert Miller, joint faculty Lani Jones, and core faculty and WGSS chair Janell Hobson

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