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Graduate Programs

Women's and Gender Studies offers a Master of Arts (MA) degree and a Graduate Certificate:

For general program advising, please contact Dr. Jackie Goodman, Graduate Coordinator, at 734-487-1177 or jgoodma9@emich.edu.

For MA students planning for their Thesis, Final Project, or Practicum, please reference the Capstone Manual and consult this directory of faculty areas of expertise. 

 Here are the graduate-level courses planned for Fall 2018!

  • WGST 550 Feminist Thought (Currans): Wed., 5:00-7:40pm (17284)

Feminist Thought provides a scholarly overview of the literature and methodology of feminist studies in such disciplines as history, psychology, literature, sociology, anthropology, economics, religion, health, law and politics. This course is required for the WGST Master of Arts program. It should be taken in one’s first year.

  • WGST 560 Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (Leighton): Tues., 5:30-8:10pm (11963)

A comprehensive study of the physical, sexual and emotional abuse that disproportionately affects women. Topics include theories of violence and intervention strategies.

  • WGST 592 Special Topics: Queer Victoria (Dobbins): Wed., 6:30-9:10pm (17076)

An intensive study of the poetry and nonfictional prose of at least two of the major writers from the Victorian period. 

  • WGST 608 Capstone Colloquium (Falzetti): Mon., 5:00-7:40pm (11974)

A colloquium exploring research on women's and gender issues. This course is required for the WGST Master of Arts program. It should be taken following completion of WGST 540 (Feminist Methodology). 

  • WGST 650 Gender, Work, and Public Policy (Goodman): Thurs., 5:00-7:40pm (16209)

This course will comparatively examine gendered workplace policies in the U.S. and select countries in the global north and south. We will take an intersectional approach to gender inequality and sex discrimination at work, focusing on the ways in which state policy intersects with gender, race, class, sexuality, religion, immigration status, and ethnicity in the workplace.    Topics will include the social construction of masculinity, femininity, and motherhood in relation to workplace discrimination, occupational segregation, the “family wage,” the pay gap, family and work policies, reproductive rights and the workplace, sexual harassment, welfare and the right to work, professional work, domestic work, and other forms of informal work.    We will also examine various forms of  gendered resistance that gave rise to such policies.


Additional options include complementary concentration courses offered by other departments (i.e., courses without a WGST prefix). MA students must take 6 hours of complementary concentration courses for their degree. Please consult with Dr. Peter Higgins (phiggin1@emich.edu) for advising on complementary concentration courses.


Please note that planned course offerings are subject to change prior to the start of the term.