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Women's and Gender Studies and English

Recommended Progress

Please Note: This timeline 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


  • WGS 501—Proseminar in Women’s Studies
  • WGS 601—Approaches to Feminist Scholarship
  • ENG 520—Introduction to Graduate Studies
  • 2 Electives in ENG or WGS


  • WGS 530—Feminist Theory
  • WGS 502--Feminist Encounters
  • 2 Electives in ENG or WS
    • By the end of this term, you should also:
    • Complete at least one language requirement
    • Complete at least one WGS elective
    • Complete at least one English 800-level


Second Year


  • Third-term Review
  • 2 Electives in ENG or WGS

English MA requirements should be met:

  • 30 total credits (GPA of B or higher)
  • 24 English credits (grades of B- or higher)
  • 6 WGS credits (grades of B- or higher—cannot bring GPA below a B) (Women's and Gender Studies courses count as "cognates" for the English MA)
  • Language requirement started (one advanced or one basic)


  • 3 Electives in ENG or WGS
  • Prelim reading list due May 1

Candidacy requirements should be met by the end of August before year 3 begins:

  • Language requirement (one advanced or two basic)
  • 2 800-level English courses (of the 3 required)
  • Completed required coursework in both Women's and Gender Studies & English as outlined above
  • GPA of B or higher
  • 36 credits

Third Year


  • ENG 695 — Pedagogy
  • ENG or WGS 990 (for pre-candidates)
  • One additional ENG or WGS course (could be final 800-level course or WGS elective)


  • ENG or WGS 995
  • WGS 891
  • Complete required courses (4 800-level courses incl. WGS 891)
  • Prelim: oral exam (preferably by Jan. 31; no later than April 1)
  • Pre-prospectus due to English by April 1

Fourth Year

  • ENG or WGS 995
  • Prospectus and bibliography due Sept 15
  • Register for and defend WGS 891 by December 15

Fifth Year

  • ENG or WGS 995
  • Continue work on the dissertation

Sixth Year

  • ENG or WGS 995
  • Jobseekers program and job search
  • Attend Rackham Pre-Defense Meeting
  • Defend dissertation
  • Attend Rackham Post-Defense Meeting and file completed dissertation