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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


Graduate Areas of Concentration

Feminist leadership; gender, rhetoric, and representation; health and gender justice; social justice theory and practice



MA students in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies will take 41–43 credits of required course work, including at least one course from each of three cluster areas:

  1. Women of Color Feminisms/Queer of Color Feminisms,
  2. Global/Transnational Feminisms, and
  3. Feminist Praxis, as well as 6 elective credits.

MA students must also demonstrate second-year proficiency in a second language.

PhD students in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies will take 27–28 credits of core requirements, as well as 36 dissertation credits, and 12 credits of electives in a concentration specific to their area of focus, for a total of 75–76 required credits. No more than two "slash" courses will be accepted toward the degree.

MA in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Core (41–43)

WGSS 503. Thesis (6)
WGSS 511/512/513. Orientation and Professionalization I, II, III (1,1,1)
WGSS 514. Systems of Oppression in Women’s Lives (4)
WGSS 516. Theories of Feminism (4)
WGSS 518. Feminist Research (4)
WGSS 616. Multiracial, Transnational, and Queer Feminisms I (4)

All MA students must take at least one course from each of the following three clusters, and 6 additional credits of electives:

Cluster #1: Women of Color Feminisms/Queer of Color Feminisms

WGSS 530. Women of Color Feminisms (4)
WGSS/ES/QS 531. Queer of Color Critiques (3)
WGSS/ES 575. Critical Race Feminisms and Outsider Jurisprudence (4)
WGSS/ES/QS 577. Queer/Trans People of Color Arts and Activism (3)
WGSS 583. Race, Gender, and Health Justice (4)

Cluster #2: Global/Transnational Feminisms

All MA students must take at least one of the following courses:
WGSS/ES/QS 572. Indigenous Two-Spirit and Queer Studies (3)
WGSS/QS 576. Transnational Sexualities (4)
WGSS 582. Global Perspectives on Women's Health (4)
WGSS 585. Transnational Feminisms (4)
WGSS 595. Global Feminist Theologies (4)

Cluster #3: Feminist Praxis

WGSS 510. Internship (3)
WGSS 521. Feminist Leadership (4)
WGSS 535. Feminist Teaching and Learning (4)
WGSS/GRAD 542. The Inclusive Classroom: Difference, Power, and Discrimination (3)
WGSS 586/587/588: Global Experience I, II, III (1,1,1)

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)

Students may elect to take any WGSS/QS electives.

Total Minimum Required Credits = 41–43


PhD in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Core Requirements (27–28)

WGSS 518. Feminist Research (4)
   or WGSS 619. Decolonizing Methods (4) 
   or WGSS 555. Feminist Textual and Discourse Analysis (4)
   (Students who have already taken WGSS 518 and WGSS 555 at OSU may take WGSS 619 or another approved methods course.)
WGSS 521. Feminist Leadership (4) (Students who have already taken WGSS 521 at OSU will take WGSS 610 Internship and Shadowing.)
WGSS 535. Feminist Teaching and Learning (4)
   or WGSS/GRAD 542. The Inclusive Classroom: Difference, Power, and Discrimination (3)
WGSS 611. Colloquium (1) (Students must take 4 terms of colloquium and must present dissertation research once.)
WGSS 616. Multiracial, Transnational, and Queer Feminisms I (4)
WGSS 617. Multiracial, Transnational, and Queer Feminisms II (4)
WGSS 620. Social Justice Theory and Practice (4)

Thesis (36)

WGSS 603. Thesis (36)

Electives (12)

Students may select a concentration in one of the four areas below or may work in consultation with their advisor to develop a 12-credit concentration specific to their needs and interests. Students may also elect to take 12 elective credits from any WGGS graduate courses or other approved courses in any of the graduate concentrations.

Graduate Concentrations

Minimum 12 credits of course work; no more than two of these courses may be “slash” courses.

Feminist Leadership

Core Courses:

WGSS 518. Feminist Research (4)
WGSS 610. Internship (Shadowing) (4)

Gender, Rhetoric, and Representation

Core Courses:

ENG 598. Women and Literature (4)
WGSS 555. Feminist Textual and Discourse Analysis (4)

Health and Gender Justice

Core Courses:

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

Social Justice Theory and Practice

Core Courses:

WGSS 514. Systems of Oppression in Women’s Lives (4)
WGSS 518. Feminist Research (4)



Major Code: 8008

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