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Core Courses for Women's Studies PhD Programs

The three joint doctoral programs in Women’s Studies all have the same core Women’s Studies course requirements. Additional course requirements are stipulated by each joint program outline.

WS 501: Proseminar in Women’s Studies (1 credit)

  • This course introduces students to graduate study in the joint Women’s Studies PhD programs. It is intended to give new students a place to form community, to meet Women’s Studies faculty, to think about Women’s Studies as a discipline and the nature of interdisciplinary study, and to begin to discuss professional issues.

WS 530: Feminist Theory (3 credits)

  • This course provides an interdisciplinary exploration of various schools of feminist thought. It examines ways in which feminist scholars across the disciplines have theorized power and difference with regard to gender, race, sexuality, class and nation. It also explores the relationship of particular theories to both the production of knowledge and political practice.

WS 601: Approaches to Feminist Scholarship in the Humanities, or
WS 602: Approaches to Feminist Scholarship in the Social Sciences

  • These courses are designed to examine various methodological issues in feminist scholarship in relation to paradigms developed by the disciplines. Students in English and History will usually enroll in WS 601; students in Psychology will take WS 602.

WS 891: Advanced Research

  • WS 891 is an advanced interdisciplinary research project conducted under the guidance of an individual faculty member in the context of an interdisciplinary committee. Discussion of the project at an oral exam serves as the preliminary examination in Women’s Studies. The 891 is meant to provide a bridge between coursework and work on the dissertation; it is also meant to integrate knowledge and methods acquired from both Women’s Studies and the discipline.

Additional coursework: 9 credit hours

  • Joint students take nine hours (typically three courses) of Women's Studies graduate coursework in addition to their three core courses. These are chosen from among Women’s Studies offerings and courses cross-listed with Women’s Studies and other departments. Courses cross-listed with your own department may be used to fulfill this requirement. At least one of the additional courses must be an interdisciplinary course and must include substantial coverage of theoretical issues. Students are encouraged to include courses that focus on sexuality studies, global feminisms, and feminist pedagogy.

Recent Elective Courses in Women's Studies

  • WS 519: Queer Women in the 20th Century
  • WS 531: LGBTQ Studies
  • WS 590: Disability Studies
  • WS 603: Feminist Scholarship on Women of Color
  • WS 604: Feminist Practice
  • WS 606: Transnational and Multicultural Feminisms
  • WS 621: Readings in United States Women's, Men's and Gender History
  • WS 655: Psychology of Women
  • WS 698: Queer of Color Critique
  • WS 698: Feminist Pedagogy
  • WS 698: Feminist Science Studies
  • WS 698: Readings in Sadomasochism, Fetishism, and Leather
  • WS 698: Passing as an Analytic Concept
  • WS 698: Writing for Publication
  • WS 698: Gender and Diversity in Organizations
  • WS 698: Discourse Analysis
  • WS 698: Strange Gay Films
  • WS 698: Gender and Sexuality in Medieval France
  • WS 720: Gender and Sexuality in the Visual Arts
  • WS 801: Feminism, Posthumanism, and the Humanities