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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

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Undergraduate & Graduate Program - Graduate Specializations in Women’s Studies

The Interdisciplinary Graduate Specialization in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS) is designed to enhance the masters and doctoral programs at the University of Maine. These specializations provide another lens through which to view your chosen field, offering insights into how the social construction of gender has influenced the roles, contributions, and experience of women in many different cultures, now and in the past. This area of study will prepare students for careers in education at all levels, social service work, health services, business, public policy, government and nongovernmental organizations, and research.

Graduate work is offered through the WGS program, which also administers an undergraduate major and minor. Students can use the interdisciplinary graduate specializations to enhance masters and doctoral degrees offered by other departments such as Communication and Journalism, Education and Human Development, English, History, Nursing, Psychology, Theater and Social Work among others.

The courses can also provide a focus for the interdisciplinary Ph.D. degree program and for the Master of Arts in interdisciplinary Studies. An advisor who is a member of the graduate faculty, will assist each student in designing a program of study appropriate to her or his goals. Students and advisors will be matched both by areas of interest and expertise.

Requirements for Masters

Candidates for any masters degree and the certificate of advanced study in Education are required to take at least 9 credits including WGS 510 and another WGS course. The additional course(s) can be chosen, with the approval of the student’s Women’s Studies advisor, from WGS courses or departmental Women’s Studies electives at the 400-level or above. At least 2 courses must be at the 500-level or above. If the student’s degree program has no thesis or comprehensive exam, there will be some type of written evaluation of the work in Women’s Studies.

Requirements for Ph.D.

Candidates for the Ph.D. are required to take at least 12 credits, including WGS 510 and WGS 520.  The additional courses can be chosen, with the approval of the student’s advisor, from WGS courses or departmental electives at the 400-level or above. WGS 580 is highly recommended.

You can also apply to the Graduate School Online

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Contact Information

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
101 Fernald Hall
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1228 | Fax: (207) 581-1218
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System