School of Interdisciplinary Studies Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Graduate Concentrations

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WGSS Concentrations are available for students earning Master's or Ph.D.'s in the following areas:  (If your area is not shown, please email wgss@purdue.edu expressing your interest in obtaining a WGSS concentration.)

  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Communication
  • Curriculum Instruction
  • English
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • French, German, Spanish
  • Sociology
  • Technology

American Studies, Communication, Curriculum Instruction, English, Linguistics, Philosophy, Political Science, French, German, Spanish, Sociology, and Technology requirements for the Graduate Concentration in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies require students to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours for M.A. students and 15 credit hours for Ph.D. students in courses that have a significant amount of content related to WGSS as a field of study. Three of these courses (9 credits) must be earned by completing WGSS 680-Feminist Theory, WGSS 681-Contemporary Issues in Feminist Scholarship, and WGSS 682-Feminist Methodologies.  Students can earn the remaining 3-6 credits (1-2 courses depending on on whether that student is seeking the MA or PhD concentration) by either

a. completing graduate level courses in your area of study that have received pre-approval for this concentration; or

b.  completing graduate level courses that have been cross-listed under both your M.A. or Ph.D. area of study and WGSS rubrics.  

For courses that do not fall in either of these two categories, student may submit syllabi to the WGSS director (either pre or post enrollment) to confirm their content satisfies the criteria for this concentration.

The courses may also count toward the major in your area of study as well as toward fulfilling the requirements in the Women and Gender Studies Concentration.

Anthropology requirements for the Graduate Concentration in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies require students to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours for M.A. students and 15 credit hours for Ph.D. students in courses that have a significant amount of content related to WGSS as a field of study. Three of these courses (9 credits) must be earned by completing WGSS 680-Feminist Theory, WGSS 681-Contemporary Issues in Feminist Scholarship, and WGSS 682-Feminist Methodologies.  Students can earn the remaining 3-6 credits (1-2 courses depending on on whether that student is seeking the M.A. or Ph.D. concentration) by either

a. completing graduate level Anthropology courses that have received pre-approval for this concentration. The courses, which should have at least 50% women/gender content, would include:

  • ANTH 50500 - Culture and Society
  • ANTH 56500 – Sociolinguistics
  • ANTH 57500 - Economic Anthropology
  • ANTH 59200 - Selected Topics in Anthropology*
  • ANTH 62000 - Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology*
  • ANTH 67300 - Seminar in the Anthropology of Religion

*Must be approved by Anthrolopogy faculty affiliated with WGSS

or b.  Completing graduate level courses that have been cross-listed under both Anthropology and WGSS rubrics.  

For courses that do not fall in either of these two categories, student may submit syllabi to the WGSS director (either pre or post enrollment) to confirm their content satisfies the criteria for this concentration.

The courses may also count toward the major in ANTH as well as toward fulfilling the requirements in the Women and Gender Studies Concentration.

History requirements for the Graduate Concentration in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies require students complete a minimum of 12 credit hours for M.A. students and 15 credit hours for Ph.D. students in courses that have a significant amount of content related to WGSS as a field of study.  Three of these courses (9 credits) must be earned by completing WGSS 680 Feminist Theory, WGSS 681 Contemporary Issues in Feminist Scholarship, and WGSS 682 Feminist Methodologies. Students can earn the remaining 3-6 credits (1-2 courses depending on whether that student is seeking the M.A. or Ph.D. concentration) by either

a. completing graduate level History courses that have received pre-approval for this concentration. The courses, which should have at least 50% women/gender content, would include:

  • HIST 59000 Directed Reading in History:  Biographies of Women
  • HIST 65100 Reading Seminar in American History: U.S. Women’s History after 1860
  • HIST 64100S Reading Seminar in Global History: Gender
  • HIST 64200S Seminar in Global History: Gender

or b.  Completing graduate level courses that have been cross-listed under both History and WGSS rubrics.  

For courses that do not fall in either of these two categories, student may submit syllabi to the WGSS director (either pre or post enrollment) to confirm their content satisfies the criteria for this concentration.

The courses may also count toward the major in History as well as toward fulfilling the requirements in the Women and Gender Studies Concentration.

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