Graduate Student
Graduate Student

Advance your passion

UNL’s Women’s & Gender Studies program offers two degree options for graduate study, a specialization and a minor. Both options provide you with a challenging opportunity to extend your graduate education in gender and diversity by drawing on the innovative interdisciplinary perspectives of Women’s & Gender Studies.

Our graduate courses strengthen qualifications for advanced graduate programs as well as for employment in your primary discipline or in a variety of other occupations.

Both options offer:

  • A simultaneous focus on gender, race, ethnicity, class, ability, global feminism, and sexual orientation
  • A historical perspective on Women’s and Gender Studies as an area of scholarly inquiry, teaching, and activism, both across and within disciplines
  • A challenge to the traditional separation of academic theory from political and professional practice
  • Feminist perspectives and scholarship that challenge disciplinary barriers and paradigms
  • Models of scholarship, pedagogy, and professional activity that prepare students for employment in a variety of professions related to women’s and gender issues
  • Mentoring by faculty recognized for interdisciplinary research and teaching in subjects related to women and gender

The 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 Program Associate, Jennifer Haley, to determine whether your department qualifies.

The minor

If you are unable to pursue the Specialization, you can apply to pursue the Minor. The application requirements are the same.

Special opportunities

There are many many ways to participate in extracurricular events that enrich your background in Women's & Gender Studies and enhance your professional preparation. You can present your scholarship and creative work at our annual No Limits Conference, a regional forum for women's and gender studies research. The Women's & Gender Studies Colloquium Series each semester also provides opportunities for graduate students to meet and interact with faculty and visiting scholars about research. In addition, you may want to participate in teaching, research, and community internships.