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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Major (MA, PhD, MAIS)

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College of Liberal Arts | School of Language, Culture, and Society




Master's Degree Program Requirements


Core (51)

WGSS 503. Thesis (6)
WGSS 510. Internship (3)
WGSS 511. Orientation and Professionalization I (1)
WGSS 512. Orientation and Professionalization II (1)
WGSS 513. Orientation and Professionalization III (1)
WGSS 514. Systems of Oppression in Women’s Lives (4)
WGSS 516. Theories of Feminism (4)
WGSS 518. Feminist Research (4)
WGSS 521. Feminist Leadership (4)
WGSS 522. Grant Writing & Fund Development for Feminist Organizations (3)
WGSS 535. Feminist Teaching and Learning (4)
WGSS 555. Feminist Textual and Discourse Analysis (4)
WGSS 575. Critical Race Feminism and Outsider Jurisprudence (4)
WGSS 586. Global Experience I (1)
WGSS 587. Global Experience II (1)
WGSS 588. Global Experience III (1)
WGSS 616. Multiracial, Transnational, and Queer Feminisms I (4)

Second year proficiency in a second language as demonstrated by:

  1. Two years of a college language sequence on the transcript.
  2. Scoring at second-year proficiency on a language placement test.
  3. Completing the 213 course of a language sequence while enrolled in the MA program.


Electives (6)

ANTH 549. Biocultural Perspectives on Human Reproduction (4)
ANTH 573. Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture (3)
ANTH 584. Wealth and Poverty (3)
ANTH 591. Ethnographic Methods (4)
COMM 532. Gender and Communication (3)
COUN 513. Research in Higher Education (3)
ENG 516. Power and Representation (4)
ENG 597. International Women’s Voices (4)
ENG 598. Women and Literature (4)
ES/QS/WGSS 531. Queer of Color Critiques (3)
ES 537. (En)Gendering Asian Pacific America (4)
ES 557. Literature by Women of Color in the United States (4)
ES/QS/WGSS 572. Indigenous Two-Spirit and Queer Studies (3)
FES 522. Research Methods in Social Science (4)
H 515. Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences (3)
H 565. Public Health and Women: Social and Policy Issues (3)
HDFS 530. Research in Human Development and Family Sciences I (4)
HDFS 538. Qualitative Research Methods I (4)
HDFS 547. Families and Poverty (3)
HST 532. The History of Sexuality (4)
HST 535. The History of European Women from 1400 to 1789 (4)
PHL/WGSS 517. Feminist Philosophies (3)
PS 507. Seminar: Gender and Development (4)
PS 525. Gender and the Law (4)
PSY 526. Psychology of Gender (4)
PSY 560. Advanced Social Research Methods (4)
PSY/WGSS 566. Fat Studies (4)Via Ecampus
QS/WGSS 524. Trans/Gender Politics (4)
QS/WGSS 562. Queer Theories (3)
QS/WGSS 573. Transgender Lives (3)
QS 599. Special Topics in Queer Studies (4)
SOC 512. Sociology of Work and Family (4)
SOC 518. Qualitative Research Methods (4)
SOC 530. Gender and Society (4)
SOC 566. International Development: Gender Issues (4)
WGSS 502. Independent Study (3)
WGSS 520. Hate, Resistance, and Reconciliation (3)
WGSS 525. Gender and Technology (3) Via Ecampus
WGSS 540. Women and Natural Resources (3) Via Ecampus
WGSS 550. Ecofeminism (3) Via Ecampus
WGSS 560. Women and Sexuality (3) [Title change to "Sexualities, Feminisms, Women (4) pending approval]
WGSS 565. Women, Weight, and Body Image (3)
WGSS 582. Global Perspectives on Women’s Health (4)
WGSS 590. Self-Esteem and Personal Power (3)
WGSS 595. Global Feminist Theologies (4)
WGSS 596. Feminist Theologies in the United States (4)
WGSS 599. Topics (3)

Total Minimum Required Credits=57


 

Doctoral Degree Program Requirements

Prospective PhD students will enter the program with a master’s degree in women’s studies or related discipline and will complete 72 credits (36 dissertation credits, 36 course credits) beyond their MA (in excess of the university requirement of 108 credits for the PhD). No more than two “slash” courses will be accepted toward the degree.

Some of the required courses are also part of the requirements for the MA. If a student completes the MA at OSU and is accepted into the PhD program, that student will take alternative courses as noted below.

Core Requirements (20)

WGSS 518. Feminist Research (4)
   or WGSS 619. Decolonizing Methods (4) [Pending approval since Feb. 2014]
   or WGSS 555. Feminist Textual Methods and Discourse Analysis (4)
     (Students who have already taken WGSS 518 and WGSS 555 at OSU will take WGSS 619.)
WGSS 521. Feminist Leadership (4)
   (Students who have already taken WGSS 521 at OSU will take WGSS 610 Internship and Shadowing.)
WGSS 611. Colloquium (1) (Students must take 4 terms of colloquium and must present dissertation research once.)
WGSS 616. Multicultural, Transnational, and Queer Feminisms I (4)
    (Students who have already taken WGSS 616 at OSU will take WGSS 620, Social Justice Theory and Practice instead.)
WGSS 617. Multicultural, Transnational, and Queer Feminisms II (4)

Thesis (36)

WGSS 603. Thesis (36)

Electives (16)

Students may select a concentration in one of the four areas below or may work in consultation with their advisor to develop a 16-credit concentration specific to their needs and interests. Students may also elect to take 16 elective credits from any WGGS graduate courses or any of the program courses listed below in any of the graduate concentrations.

Graduate Concentrations

Minimum 16 credits of course work; no more than two of these courses may be “slash” courses.

Health and Gender Justice


Core Courses:

WGSS 518. Feminist Research (4)
WGSS 582. Global Perspectives of Women’s Health (4)
WGSS 583. Race, Gender, and Health Justice (4)

Graduate Course Electives:

H 527. Critical Assessment of International Health Programs (3)
H 528. Global Health Issues (3)
H 569. Maternal and Child Health (3)
H 572. Community Organization for Health Promotion and Education (3)
HDFS 685. Race, Class, Culture, and Aging (4)
PHL 544. Biomedical Ethics (4)
WGSS 514. Systems of Oppression in Women’s Lives (4)
WGSS 516. Theories of Feminism (4)

Slash Course Electives:

ANTH 449/ANTH 549. Biocultural Perspectives on Human Reproduction (4)
ANTH 474/ANTH 574. Cross-Cultural Health and Healing (4)
ANTH 483/ANTH 583. Advanced Medical Anthropology (4)
H 429/H 529. International Health (3)
HSTS 417/HSTS 517. History of Medicine (4)
HSTS 440/HSTS 540. History of Psychotherapy (4)
PSY 426/PSY 526. Psychology of Gender (4)
PSY 498/PSY 598. Health Psychology (4)
QS 462/QS 562. Queer Theories (4)
QS 473/QS 573. Transgender Lives (4)
WGSS 486/WGSS 586. Global Experience I (1)
WGSS 487/WGSS 587. Global Experience II (1)
WGSS 488/WGSS 588. Global Experience III (1)

Feminist Leadership


Core Courses:

WGSS 518. Feminist Research (4)
WGSS 610. Internship (Shadowing) (4)
WGSS 620. Social Justice Theory and Practice (4)

Graduate Course Electives:

AHE 533. Needs Assessment and Research (4)
AHE 534. Organizations and Systems Theory (4)
AHE 567. Leadership Development and Human Relations (4)
COMM 524. Communication in Organizations: Theories and Issues (3)
H 572. Community Organization for Health Promotion and Education (3)
HDFS 534. Social Program and Policy Evaluation (4)
WGSS 535. Feminist Teaching and Learning (4)
WGSS 536. Feminist Media Studies (4)

Slash Course Electives:

COMM 418/COMM 518. Interpersonal Communication Theory and Research (3)
COMM 422/COMM 522. Small Group Communication Theory and Research (3)
COMM 426/COMM 526. Intercultural Communication: Theories and Issues (3)
COMM 432/COMM 532. Gender and Communication (3)
COMM 440/COMM 540. Theories of Conflict and Conflict Management (3)
COMM 442/COMM 542. Bargaining and Negotiation Processes (3)
PS 425/PS 525. Gender and the Law (4)
PSY 496/PSY 596. Industrial and Organizational Psychology (4)
SOC 422/SOC 522. Sociology of Organizations (4)
SOC 439/SOC 539. Welfare and Social Services (4)
SOC 471/SOC 571. Social Movements (4)
WGSS 486/WGSS 586. Global Experience I (1)
WGSS 487/WGSS 587. Global Experience II (1)
WGSS 488/WGSS 588. Global Experience III (1)
WR 414/WR 514. Advertising and Public Relations Writing (4)

Social Justice Theory and Practice


Core Courses:

WGSS 514. Systems of Oppression in Women’s Lives (4)
WGSS 518. Feminist Research (4)
WGSS 620. Social Justice Theory and Practice (4)

Graduate Course Electives:

HDFS 587. Social Gerontology (3)
HDFS 685. Race, Class, Culture, and Aging (4)
HST 525. The Holocaust in its History (4)
HST 527. Teaching the Holocaust (4)
HST 532. The History of Sexuality (4)
WGSS 535. Feminist Teaching and Learning (4)
WGSS 585. Transnational Feminisms (4)

Slash Course Electives:

ANTH 471/ANTH 571. Cash, Class, Culture: Hunter-Gatherers to Capitalism (4)
ANTH 472/ANTH 572. Contemporary Indian Issues (4)
ANTH 473/ANTH 573. (En)Gendering Asian Pacific America (4)
ANTH 484/ANTH 584. Wealth and Poverty (3)
COMM 432/COMM 532. Gender and Communication (3)
ES 437/ES 537. Gender Issues in Asian American Studies (3)
ES 444/ES 544. Native American Law: Tribes, Treaties, and the United States (4)
ES 448/ES 548. Native American Philosophies (4)
ES 451/ES 551. Theories of Race and Ethnicity (4)
ES 457/ES 557. Literature by Women of Color in the United States (3)
ES 460/ES 560. Ethnicity and Social Justice (4)
HDFS 447/HDFS 547. Families and Poverty (3)
PSY 426/PSY 526. Psychology of Gender (4)
QS 424/QS 524. Trans/Gender Politics (4)
QS 431/QS 531. Queer of Color Critiques (3)
QS 462/QS 562. Queer Theories (3) [4 credits submission & pending approval]
QS 472/QS 572. Indigenous Two-Spirit and Queer Studies (3) [4 credits pending approval since March 2014]
QS 473/QS 573. Transgender Lives (3) [4 credits pending submission and approval]
QS 499/QS 599. Special Topics in Queer Studies (4)
SOC 426/SOC 526. Social Inequality (4)
SOC 437/SOC 537. Race and Ethnic Relations (4)
SOC 438/SOC 538. US Immigration Issues in the 21st Century (4)
SOC 466/SOC 566. International Development: Gender Issues (4)
SOC 471/SOC 571. Social Movements (4)
WGSS 430/WGSS 530. Women of Color Feminisms (4)
WGSS 450/WGSS 550. Ecofeminism (3)
WGSS 460/WGSS 560. Women and Sexuality (3) [Title change "Sexualities, Feminisms, Women (4)" 4 credits pending approval since Aug. 2015]
WGSS 462/WGSS 562. Queer Theories (3) [4 credits p‚Äčending approval since Feb. 2014]
WGSS 465/WGSS 565. Women, Weight, and Body Image (3)
WGSS 482/WGSS 582. Global Perspectives on Women’s Health (4)
WGSS 486/WGSS 586. Global Experience I (1)
WGSS 487/WGSS 587. Global Experience II (1)
WGSS 487/WGSS 588. Global Experience III (1)
WGSS 495/WGSS 595. Global Feminist Theologies (4)
WGSS 496/WGSS 596. Feminist Theologies in the United States (4)

Gender, Rhetoric, and Representation


Core Courses:

ENG 555. Feminist Textual Methods and Discourse Analysis (4) [Pending submission & approval]
ENG 597. International Women’s Voices (4)Via Ecampus
ENG 598. Women and Literature (4)

Graduate Course Electives:

ANTH 573. Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture (3)
COMM 512. Topics in Speech Communication  (3)
COMM 516. Ethnography of Communication (3)
COMM 532. Gender and Communication (3)
COMM 572. The Rhetoric of Popular Culture (3)
ENG 516. Power and Presentation (4)
ENG 595. Language, Technology, and Culture (4)
HST 532. History of Sexuality (4)
SPAN 547. Mexican Women Writers (3)
WGSS 532. Gender, Sexuality, and the Photographic Image (3)
WGSS 536. Feminist Media Studies (4)
WR 520. Studies in Writing (4)
WR 525. Advanced Scientific and Technical Writing (4)

Slash Course Electives:

ENG 416/ENG 516. Power and Representation (4)
ENG 420/ENG 520. Studies in Difference, Power, and Discrimination (4)
ENG 425/ENG 525. Studies in Medieval Literature (4)
ENG 430/ENG 530. Studies in Early Modern Literature (4)
ENG 438/ENG 538. Studies in Modernism (4)
ENG 465/ENG 565. Studies in the Novel (4)
ENG 480/ENG 580. Studies in Literature, Culture, and Society (4)
ENG 488/ENG 588. Literature and Pedagogy (4)
ES 437/ES 537. (En)Gendering Asian Pacific America (4)
TA 416/TA 516. Topics in Theater Arts (3)



Major Code: 8008

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