Graduate Student
Graduate Student

Advance your passion

UNL’s Women’s & Gender Studies program offers two options to complement your graduate studies in your chosen degree-granting discipline, 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, Deb McWilliams, 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 opportunities to 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
  • Teach a core WGS undergraduate course under the supervision of a WGS faculty member
  • Meet and interact with prominent scholars through WGS’s Annual Lecture
  • Earn recognition for your work by applying for the Karen Dunning Scholarly Paper/Creativity Award
  • Obtain a Gradute Student Travel Award to help finance your conference presentations on subjects related to women, gender, and sexuality