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The Graduate Minor in Gender and Women’s Studies provides advanced feminist training for students from a variety of academic backgrounds and career paths. Students explore how gender is intrinsic to global, national, and local processes. As the name "Gender and Women’s Studies" indicates, our minor retains the emphasis on women's lives and situations, while also incorporating feminist analyses of masculinity and men's lives and other issues implicit in the study of gender.
Students who participate in this graduate minor will likely consider master’s and doctoral research projects linked to topics in Gender and Women’s Studies and to faculty members affiliated with GWST. In addition, students in professional programs such as Law, Agriculture, Business, and Health Sciences could benefit from a feminist analysis of issues within their field of inquiry.
A total of 12 hours of course work, nine hours of which must be at the 5000 or above level. It includes: WMST 5700, Feminist Theories and Methods (and a graduate discussion section)* and three electives.
* Feminist Theories has a graduate student discussion section. This is a place where faculty and graduate students come together to share research on a weekly basis in an informal setting. It is our chance to work closely with our graduate students from across the disciplines in an intellectual community forum where we share ideas and offer examples of theoretical application in our research practices.
We also host informal gatherings for our graduate students so they can get to know each other and form good working relationships through their graduate time here at UW.
Students are encouraged to complete at least one independent study (WMST 5975) with a GWST faculty member.
In addition, students must have a GWST faculty member on their Plan B paper, Thesis or Dissertation committee [Students in professional programs without a culminating writing element can meet this alternatively.]
Many Gender and Women’s Studies faculty are members of the Graduate Faculty and are available to serve on students’ graduate committees for theses that involve issues of sex, gender and sexuality.
Gender and Women’s Studies graduate students are encouraged to develop professional skills through the presentation of academic papers at professional meetings. The Graduate Student Resources website as well as the Paul Stock Fund of the College of Arts and Sciences supports graduate students who present papers at professional conferences with small travel awards.
Entering graduate students in the minor should have digested this reading list by the end of their first semester in their graduate program. (READING LIST)
For more information regarding graduate school, please visit the UW Graduate Education page.