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Joint PhD in Psychology & Women's Studies

Graduate Courses

  • Psych 655/WS655: Psychology of Women
  • Psych 808/WS 698: Women, Gender, and Work
  • Psych 808/WS 698: Qualitative Methods

Graduate Courses Offered in Women’s Studies for Joint Program Students

  • WS 530: Feminist Theory
  • WS 602: Approaches to Feminist Scholarship in the Humanities & Social Sciences
  • WS 603: Approaches to Feminist Scholarship on Women of Color
  • WS 698: Feminist Science Studies

Details about Doctoral Program in Psychology & Women’s Studies

The Gender & Feminist Psychology Area houses the Joint Doctoral Program in Psychology and Women’s Studies. The University of Michigan is unique in offering a joint doctoral degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies. This PhD program represents a bridge between two top-ranked departments at UM: The Department of Psychology (consistently ranked in the top three psychology departments) and Department of Women’s Studies (ranked in 2005 in the top three departments/programs in the nation). The joint Ph.D. program in Psychology and Women's Studies requires a curriculum of core courses in Women’s Studies, elective courses in Women’s Studies, and a curriculum in psychology. A preliminary examination in both disciplines and an interdisciplinary dissertation are also required.

Students in the Ph.D. program in Psychology and Women's Studies complete: (a) all Psychology departmental requirements; (b) most requirements associated with one of the other Areas within Psychology; and (c) the requirements of Women’s Studies (3 courses required of all doctoral students, 3 additional electives which may include courses cross-listed with Psychology, and a prelim essay reflecting on the ways in which their 619 project is and isn’t informed by an interdisciplinary women’s studies perspective). 

For more information, please contact us at:

Psychology & Women’s Studies Doctoral Program
1122 Lane Hall
204 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1109
Phone: 734.763.2047
Fax: 734.764.9533

Click here for the Joint Ph.D. Handbook