Academic Programs

Curriculum - MA Program

The interdisciplinary MA in Women's and Gender Studies requires 36 semester hours and prepares graduates for professional employment and/or for further study. The master's program offers three concentration options and two tracks (see below).

About the Three MA Concentrations:

  1. Individualized Plan: an option for students who wish to pursue a general degree with an individualized program, to be planned with the graduate studies advisor
  2. Gender and Community Leadership
  3. Gender and Health.

All students will take the common core and select either a thesis track or an internship track for their capstone experience (see below).

The concentrations in gender and health and gender and community leadership have an important component of professional skills development and prepare students for employment in non-faculty positions in education, in non-profit organizations, government and business. Students completing the program with individualized concentrations will, upon graduation, pursue doctoral degrees in women's and gender studies or other professional degrees; they will find or continue employment in such diverse areas as counseling, university teaching, the arts, and business.

About the Two MA tracks:

  • Students who choose the thesis track are not required to complete an internship, though they may choose to do so with guidance from their advisor (the WGS Graduate Director). The thesis will constitute the capstone experience.
  • Students who choose the non-thesis (internship) track are required to enroll in WGS 601 (Internship) and corequisite WGS 602 (Internship Seminar) during the Spring semester of their final year in the program. This internship experience and corresponding seminar will constitute the capstone experience.

Curriculum and Course Requirements:

  • Thesis Option (36 hours)
    • WGS 650 Feminist Theory: Intersections of Gender, Race and Class (3)
    • WGS 651 Feminist Research Analysis (3)
    • One additional course in feminist and gender theory (3)
    • WGS 699 Thesis (6)
    • Electives chosen from classes within WGS or with a WGS marker (21 hours)
  • Internship Option (36 hours)
    • WGS 650 Feminist Theory: Intersections of Gender, Race and Class (3)
    • WGS 651 Feminist Research Analysis (3)
    • One additional course in feminist and gender theory (3)
    • WGS 601 and WGS 602 Internship (6)
    • Electives chosen from classes within WGS or with a WGS marker (21 hours)
  • Independent Studies (optional)
    • WGS 600 (many sections, various professors available)
    • Look at current UNCGenie class list for WGS Professors who are available to advise indepdendent studies in the current semester
    • You may want to read about them to find the best match for your research interests.
    • Once you have made an arrangement with a professor, fill out the permission to register form and get teh appropriate signatures.

MA Plans of Study:

To See Graduate Level WGS Courses offered:

  • Go to the "Class Schedule" section of UNCGenie.
  • Choose the semester you want to see, then Course Category: Women's and Gender Studies.
  • Do NOT use Subject: Women's and Gender Studies. This will only show a few courses directly housed in WGS. The other search allows you to see both courses housed in WGS, and courses housed in other programs and departments but cross-listed with WGS.
  • You may want to search past semesters to get a sense of courses regularly offered that may be offered again.

See the extensive PDF document MA FAQs8-12 for additional detailed answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

If you are a student considering attending UNCG, you can contact Beth Walker
at etwalker@uncg.edu for more information.

If you are current MA student seeking advising, you can contact Carisa Showdenat crshowde@uncg.edu for more information.

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