Graduate Specialization and Graduate Minor Requirements

 

Who should apply?

Students admitted to graduate programs in any department are welcome to apply. We especially encourage students to apply who have a strong interest in interdisciplinary research and teaching in areas such as feminist and gender theory; women, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexuality, disability studies, or international women's issues.

WGS Graduate Specialization:

The following departments have been approved for the Specialization: Anthropology, Art and Art History, Communication Studies, English, History, Political Science, and Sociology. However, we welcome qualified applicants from other departments and colleges. Contact the WGS Graduate Secretary to determine whether your department qualifies.

WGS Graduate Minor:

If a student is unable to pursue the Specialization, s/he can apply to do the Minor. Requirements for the Specialization and the Minor are the same.

How to Apply

Admission to a department with a graduate program at UNL is required for participation in the Graduate Specialization or Graduate Minor in Women's and Gender Studies. Application to the specialization is normally made when completing the Memorandum of Courses for the MA or filing the Program of Study for the PhD, but applications must be received at least one semester prior to the semester of graduation.

To apply, submit the following materials to the WGS Program Chair, Chantal Kalisa, mkalisa2@unl.edu; WGS Graduate Secretary, Paige Glasshoff, paige.glasshoff@unl.edu; and student’s home department:

•  a letter of application addressed to the graduate chair of the student's home department and to the director of Women's and Gender Studies. This letter should include a statement describing how the graduate specialization or graduate minor will help the student meet his or her goals and how it fits the individual program of study.

•  the list of courses for the graduate specialization or graduate minor.

• a copy of the student's Memorandum of Courses for the MA or Program of Study for the PhD.

The Women's and Gender Studies Advisory Board, chaired by the program director, will approve the list of courses for the specialization or minor and course substitutions in consultation with the chair of the student's supervisory committee.

Applications must be submitted between September 1 and April 1.

 

Masters Degree Program Requirements                                       
  • A masters degree in another UNL department.
  • Nine credit hours of graduate courses on women, gender, and/or sexuality outside the student’s major department. The WGS minor or specialization may be gained through any combination of 4/800, 800, or 900 level courses. Under Graduate College rules, both Options I and II offer possibilities for completing the graduate specialization or minor without adding additional hours of course work.
  • If option I (thesis) is chosen, the thesis must address some issue(s) relevant to Women’s and Gender Studies. The student must deposit a copy of the thesis with Women’s and Gender Studies.
  • Confirmation to the Women’s and Gender Studies office that all requirements for the specialization or minor have been met by the middle of the final semester.

Successful completion of the specialization will be indicated on the student's official transcript in parentheses following the name of the academic discipline.

 

Doctoral Degree Program Requirements
  • A doctoral degree in another UNL department.
  • Twelve* credit hours of courses on women, gender, and/or sexuality outside the student’s major department. The WGS minor or specialization may be gained through any combination of 4/800, 800, or 900 level courses. Under Graduate College rules, both Options I and II offer possibilities for completing the graduate specialization or minor without adding additional hours of course work.
  • Transfer Courses: Transferred courses accepted by the major department may be used toward this total upon approval of the WGS Director and Advisory Board. Contact the Director for information on the documentation required for this approval. Transferred courses may count for up to three hours of the total twelve.
  • A PhD student who has already done an MA graduate specialization in WGS at UNL is required to take only six credits (two additional classes) outside her/his department in addition to the nine hours already completed in pursuit of the MA.
  • The dissertation should address some issue(s) relevant to Women’s and Gender Studies. The student must deposit a copy of the dissertation with Women’s and Gender Studies.
  • Confirmation to the Women’s and Gender Studies office that all requirements for the specialization or minor have been met by the middle of the final semester.

* Although most PhD minors require 15 credit hours, the WGS minor, like the specialization, requires only 12.

**In those departments which already have internal specializations, students will pursue the Women’s and Gender Studies minor.  Requirements are the same for both.

Successful completion of the specialization will be indicated on the student’s official transcript in parentheses following the name of the academic discipline.

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Women's and Gender Studies Courses

Listed below are the courses students can choose from to complete a specialization or minor in Women's and Gender Studies. Course descriptions can be found in each department's pages in the Graduate Bulletin. With the approval of the Women's and Gender Studies Advisory Board, students may substitute courses not on this list. Each semester the Program will also publish a course description booklet with the current WGS course offerings.


Anthropology

ANTH/WMNS 808.                     Cross-Cultural Mentoring I
ANTH/WMNS 809.                     Cross-Cultural Mentoring II
ANTH/WMNS 810.                     Women & Men: An Anthropological Perspective
ANTH 816.                                Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Aging
ANTH 844.                                Biology of Human Variation
ANTH 876.                                Human Rights, Environment, and Development    

Architecture

ARCH 581/881.                         Women in Design                                 
ARCH 556/856.                         Behavioral & Social Factors in Environmental Design

Classics

CLAS/WMNS 840.                      Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World

Communication Studies

COMM 850.                                Seminar in Gender and Communication
COMM 859.                                Human Communication Theory

Children Youth and Families

CYAF 846.                                  Addiction and Violence in Families
CYAF/WMNS 847.                       Working with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender
                                                  Youth in Professional Contexts

Economics

ECON/WMNS 845.                      Gender, Economics and Social Provisioning          

Educational Psychology

EDPS 987.                                  Developmental Perspectives on Gender Issues in
                                                  Counseling

English

ENGL 801.                                  Gay and Lesbian Drama 
ENGL 813.                                  Film: Women Filmmakers in Film History
ENGL/WMNS 814.                        Women’s Literature
ENGL/WMNS 814B.                      Modern & Contemporary Women Writers
ENGL 844.                                  African American Women’s Literature
ENGL/ETHN 845.                         Ethnic Literature – US Latina & Chicana Literature &
                                                   Theory
ENGL/WMNS 875A.                      Rhetorical Theory: Rhetoric of Women Writers
ENGL 914.                                  Seminar in Women Writers
ENGL 933B.                                Cather Seminar
ENGL 962A.                                Medieval Women Writers

French

FREN 929.                                  Special Topics: Gender in Francophone Literatures and
                                                  Cultures

German

GERM 898.                                 German Women Writers and Composers 

History

HIST/WMNS 802.                        Sexuality in 19th & 20th Century America
HIST/WMNS 836.                        Saints, Witches, and Madwomen
HIST/WMNS 841.                        Seminar in U.S. Women's and Gender History
HIST/WMNS 859.                        Women and Gender in African Societies
HIST/ETHN/WMNS 876A.             Gender and Sexuality in Latin America
HIST/WMNS 951.                        Readings in the History of Women and Gender

Law

LAW 686G.                                  Gender Issues in the Law
LAW 688G.                                  Sex-Based Discrimination Law
LAW 771.                                    Seminar in Law (with appropriate subtitle)

Political Science

POLS 842.                                  Civil Liberties: Freedoms & Expressions of Conviction
POLS 843.                                  Civil Liberties: Issues of Fairness and Equality

Psychology

PSYC/WMNS  821.                      Psychology of Gender
PSYC/EDPS/SOC 871.                 Human Sexuality and Society

Russian

RUSS 882.                                  Women in Russian Literature                   

Sociology

SOCI 890.                                   Sociology of Women
SOCI 907.                                   Seminar in Sex and Gender
SOCI 998.                                   Special Topics: Intersections of Race, Gender, and  
                                                   Class (Deegan)

Spanish

SPAN 870.                                  Women Writers of Spanish America

Teacher Learning and Teacher Education

TEAC 840A.                                Culture and Schooling: Gender
TEAC 840B.                                Culture and Schooling: Gender and Science
TEAC 840D.                                Special Topics:  When it is “Literacy, Gender and
                                                   Ethnicity in Schools” (Raible) - OR – “Identities in
                                                   Transition: Family Diversity, Schooling, Culture, and
                                                   Adoption” – OR – “Language and Power” (Sarroub)
TEAC 921D.                                Seminar in Literacy Studies: Language, Culture and
                                                   Education (Sarroub)
TEAC 944B.                                Seminar in Curriculum Studies: Curriculum as Gendered
                                                   Text

Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design

TMFD 807.                                 History of Costume
TMFD 808.                                 History of Textiles
TMFD 810/WMNS 810A.              Socio-psychological Aspects of Clothing
TMFD  873.                                Design Perspectives and Issues

Women’s and Gender Studies

WMNS 885.                               Feminist Theories, Feminists’ Perspectives
WMNS 891.                               Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies
                                                 (Graduate Students Only)
WMNS 892.                               Special Topics in Masculinities
WMNS 896.                               Independent Study in Women’s and Gender Studies
                                                 (up to 3 credits)
WMNS 897.                               Internship in Women’s and Gender Studies (up to 6   
                                                  credits; Pass/No Pass only)
WMNS 898.                               Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies

Special Topics and other Seminar Courses
In addition to the courses listed above, Special Topics or Seminar courses with the appropriate emphasis in a variety of departments may be used towards the specialization. In the past special topics or seminar courses in the departments of  French, Spanish, English, History, Sociology, Communication Studies, Psychology, Children Youth and Families, and Textiles, Merchandising, and Fashion Design (formerly, Textiles, Clothing & Design) have been included.

Please consult the Graduate Course Description Booklet for listings of Special Topics or Seminar courses that can count towards the specialization.

Graduate level special topics, seminar courses, and other courses with the appropriate emphasis offered Fall 2008-Fall 2013.