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Women’s Studies and History

Recommended Progress

Please Note: This timelines notes typical progress through the program. Your schedule may be slightly different depending on when certain courses are offered. View and print a copy of the current Joint PhD Student Handbook.

First Year

Fall

  • WS 501—Proseminar in Women’s Studies
  • WS 601—Approaches to Feminist Scholarship
  • HIST 615—Introduction to the Comparative Study of History
  • 1 Elective in HIST or WS

Winter

  • WS 530—Feminist Theory
  • HIST 600-level studies course (HIST 611 for US history students)
  • HIST 715 research seminar
  • HIST 808 pedagogy seminar I
  • Fulfill one language requirement
  • Fulfill Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship (RCRS) requirement
     

Second Year

Fall

  • Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)
  • 2-3 electives in HIST or WS
  • HIST 809 pedagogy seminar II

Winter

  • Graduate Student Instructor (GSI)
  • 1 or 2 electives in HIST or WS
  • WS 891
  • HIST 810 pedagogy seminar III
  • Fulfill second language requirement
  • History screening

Third Year

Fall

  • GSI (register for at least 6 credits)
  • 1 or 2 electives in HIST or WS (e.g. 3 credits of HIST 990 prelim prep + one more elective)

Winter

  • GSI (register for at least 6 credits)
  • Take any remaining electives
  • If no more courses to take, register for 6 credits of HIST 900 prelim prep
  • Prelim exams

Spring/Summer

  • Candidacy achieved
  • Present prospectus

Fourth and Fifth Years

  • Fall & Winter: HIST or WS 995 (8 credits)
  • Dissertation research

Sixth Year

  • Fall & Winter: HIST or WS 995 (8 credits)
  • Attend Rackham Pre-Defense Meeting
  • Defend Dissertation
  • Attend Rackham Post-Defense Meeting and file completed dissertation