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Women’s and Gender Studies and Psychology

The joint Psychology and Women's Studies PhD program is for students specializing in both the Gender & Feminist Psychology and the Personality & Social Contexts program areas. For more information about the program areas visit the Department of Psychology. Please contact with questions.

Recommended Progress

Please Note: This timeline notes typical progress through the program. Your schedule may be slightly different depending on when certain courses (e.g. Psych 654) are offered. View and print a copy of the current Joint PhD Student Handbook.

First Year


  • WGS 501—Proseminar in Women’s Studies
  • WGS 602 —Approaches to Feminist Scholarship
  • PSYCH 613—Statistics I
  • PSYCH 619—Individual Research
  • PSYCH 653—P&SC Orientation
  • PSYCH 654—Classical and Modern P&SC Theories


  • WGS 530—Feminist Theory
  • PSYCH 506—Research Ethics
  • PSYCH 614—Statistics II
  • PSYCH 854—Advanced P&SC Methods I (or II)
  • PSYCH 619—Individual Research

Second Year


  • PSYCH 609—Teaching Academy
  • PSYCH 619—Individual Research
  • 2 Electives in WGS


  • PSYCH 619—Individual Research
  • 1 Elective in WGS
  • 1 area seminar (by end of second year)

Other requirements

  • Prelim portfolio in Psych due in May
  • Fourth-term Review in WGS
  • Begin working on WGS 891 after finishing Psych 619 (summer)
  • Teach two terms (typically in Psych)
  • Advance to candidacy no later than end of fall term third year

Third Year

  • Enroll in WGS 891, complete 891
  • Finish coursework if necessary
  • Begin working on dissertation prospectus
  • Psych or WGS 990 or 995
  • Teach two terms (typically in WGS)

Fourth Year

  • Psych or WGS 995 (8 credits)
  • Dissertation Research
  • Teach one terms (either Psych or WGS; students should have taught in Psych at least two terms and WGS at least two terms for a total of five terms)

Fifth Year

  • Psych or WGS 995 (8 credits)
  • Attend Rackham Pre-Defense Meeting
  • Defend dissertation
  • Attend Rackham Post-Defense Meeting and file completed dissertation