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Graduate Courses

Course Guide Resources

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.

WOMENSTD 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.

WOMENSTD 502: Feminist Exposures: Introduction to Faculty Research Interests (1 credit)

This course provides students with a general overview of Women's Studies faculty research. Each session will include brief presentation by Women's Studies and Women's Studies-affiliated faculty, who will discuss their ongoing and/or future project(s). The seminar's aims: to provide an opportunity for students from all of our joint programs to learn about the wide range of research being down by departmental faculty (many of whom are not affiliated with our three, partner programs); to facilitate future conversations/engagement; enable faculty to meet our diverse student population.

WOMENSTD 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.

WOMENSTD 601: Approaches to Feminist Scholarship in the Humanities, or
WOMENSTD 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 WOMENSTD 601; students in Psychology will take WOMENSTD 602.

WOMENSTD 891: Advanced Research

WOMENSTD 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. WOMENSTD 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

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