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Graduate Programs

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The Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) offers an MA/JD and  graduate certificate. The Graduate Certificate in WGSS is open to any PhD student in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.  Both programs involve close advising by WGSS and the home department faculty.

The Juris Doctor/Master of Arts in WGSS is a truly joint program in which students, under close mentoring by advisors in both Law and WGSS, take a carefully selected set of courses in the Law School and in the Graduate School, tailored to the student's interest. Coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences provides students with advanced training in issues of gender, sexuality, race/ethnicity, class, and disability. Whether they come from a gender and sexuality background already, or are looking to supplement their J.D. with a gender and sexuality perspective, this program is designed to prepare lawyers with a deep understanding of the cultural impacts of gender and sexuality in the workplace, in policy, and in law.

The graduate certificate program allows students in PhD programs to enhance their disciplinary studies with a concentration in gender studies.

This program offers graduate certificate students an opportunity to meet and work with graduate students in other departments. Graduate certificate students are on the program's mailing lists, and they are invited to participate in a variety of events, including special guest lectures, conferences, fauclty searches and informal gatherings.

 

 

Two rigorous programs within one collaborative department

JD/MA Joint Program

The joint JD-MA program in Law and WGSS is a truly joint program in which students, under close mentoring by WGSS and law faculty, take a carefully selected set of courses tailored to the student's interests in the Law School and in the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. This program is designed to prepare lawyers with deep understanding of the cultural impacts of gender and sexuality in the work place, in policy, and in law.

JD/MA program information

 

Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate program in WGSS requires 15 course credits, 6 of which must be home-based in the WGSS department and the remainder of which can be among cross-listed by departments in WGSS. This program has enabled our graduates to locate positions in their home disciplines, with an expertise in gender and sexuality, and in gender and sexuality programs in academia and in social justice organizations.

Graduate certificate information

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