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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 Winter 2019!

  • WGST 540 Feminist Methodology (Goodman): Thursdays, 5:30–8:10 p.m. (22993)

Students will explore feminist approaches to research through close examination of texts that explain and demonstrate a variety of methods used in the humanities and social sciences. They will also explore the process of creating interdisciplinary research projects that achieve feminist research goals. This course is required for the WGST Master of Arts program. It should be taken in one’s first year.

  • WGST 510 Gender, Sexuality, and Disability (Currans): Wednesdays, 5:30–8:10 p.m. (26258)

This course examines intersections among feminist, queer, and disability studies. Given cultural assumptions about binary gender characteristics and the sexual attractiveness of idealized bodies, these three areas are intricately intertwined. The racialization of gender and sexual norms adds additional complexities.

  • WGST 513 Women and Aging (Social Work): Mondays, 5:30–8:10 p.m. (24894)

Designed to provide social work, women’s studies, and gerontology students with the skills and sensitivity to understand the issues, needs and positive attributes of women as they grow older. Students will examine the lives of women in special groups, such as older minority women, caregivers, widows and institutionalized elderly women. Students will learn skills to provide effective services to older women in a variety of settings.

  • WGST 521 Women and Technology (Becker): Delivered Online (26558)

This course surveys gender issues surrounding technology development, transfer and use. We will examine the gender implications of technologies used in everyday life, particularly those that apply to work, health, reproduction, education, and communication. Historical and cross-cultural perspectives will be integrated.

  • WGST 536 Women, Gender & Sexualities in US History (Murphy): Mondays, 7:15–8:55 p.m. (26373)

Readings in Women, Gender, and Sexuality in U.S. History will be based in historiography. This class will introduce students to the development of the field of U.S. Women's History and examine the subsequent creation of Gender History and the History of Sexuality.

  • WGST 560 Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (Leighton): Tuesdays, 5:30–8:10 p.m. (26124)

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

  • WGST 562 Practice with LGBT Persons (Colón): Mondays, 5:30–8:10 p.m. (22246)

This course exposes students to a wide array of life experiences of lesbian, gay, bi-attractional and transgender persons by listening to their own words-spoken, written, on film and through personal interviews. It develops contextual knowledge and understanding of life courses taken by sexual minorities.

  • WGST 591 Special Topics: Rogue Queens (Delph): Wednesdays, 7:15–8:55 p.m. (26739)
  • WGST 592: Special Topics: Conversations with Girls (Logwood): Tues. 3:30–4:30 p.m. and Thurs. 2–5 p.m. (26857)

This four contact-hour course provides practice-based theory and methodology about educational mentoring relationships. Students are required to apply theory and methodology learned in the classroom to work with a community agency that is directly relevant to the focus of the course. 

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. Jacqueline Goodman for advising on complementary concentration courses.

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