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Graduate Program

Design Your MA in Women's and Gender Studies

The M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies has three tracks. Each requires successfully completing 36 credit hours and passing the WGS Comprehensive Examination:

  1. 36 hours: Students for whom the WGS MA will be a terminal degree may wish to complete the program based on 36 hours of coursework only.
  2. 30 hours + internship. The internship option is recommended for those interested in applied fieldwork.
  3. 30 hours + thesis: The thesis option is recommended for students who intend to pursue a doctoral degree.

Our Master’s Program began in Fall 1997

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Florida is feminist undergraduate and graduate education, research, and practice for social justice by engaging students in the discovery and production of knowledge that emerges from feminist perspectives on culture and society.

  • We seek to expose limitations in traditional higher education (in literature and the arts; history, law, and public policy; sociology, anthropology, and the social sciences; in area and ethnic studies; and in health, science, and technology) resulting from the exclusion of women and other marginalized groups to created knowledge that is transformative and inclusive.
  • We seek to provide students with the analytic competency that results from engagement with a curriculum focused on the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability, and nation and that promotes responsible citizenship in a diverse global environment.
  • We seek to connect our work as academics with the social and political world outside the university; to educate our students about social inequalities that result from sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, able-ism, and ethnocentrism; and to link knowledge, research, teaching, and activism.
  • We seek to empower students through a feminist critique of social, cultural, and institutional structures that enables them to think more critically about their own lives and that inspires them to work as active citizens for social justice.

Our Program

Today our graduate faculty members are nationally recognized award-winning teachers and scholars committed to mentoring graduate student scholars, teachers, and activists.

Our close-knit community of graduate students brags about WGS having its own cozy library with more than 300 books and journals, and break room for catching up.

We also boast more than 60 affiliate faculty members, representing more than 27 different departments and colleges across USF. These scholars cross list their classes with WGS and serve on MA thesis and internship committees.