College of Humanities and Social Sciences


The master of arts in interdisciplinary studies (MAIS) with a concentration in women and gender studies promotes advanced scholarship that transcends traditional boundaries. Students combine required coursework in women and gender studies with courses in a discipline of interest such as history, literature, sociology, anthropology, health, education, philosophy, social work, conflict analysis and resolution, or the arts. The program accommodates both full-time and part-time students.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2014-2015)

Of the coursework required for this concentration as described below, at least 15 credits must be in courses related to the study of women and gender and 12-18 credits in courses in a disciplinary focus. All courses related to the study of women and gender must be approved by the head of the concentration in women and gender studies. Students must earn a grade of B or higher in the core courses.

One required course of proseminar (1 credit)

MAIS 796 - MAIS ProSeminar Credits: 1

Two core courses (6 credits)

WMST 630 - Feminist Theories across the Disciplines Credits: 3
WMST 640 - Women and Global Issues Credits: 3

Disciplinary focus (12 credits)

Students complete 12 credits in one discipline chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor, including 3 credits in a course that addresses the study of women and gender.

Elective courses: 9 to 12 credits

Students must take at least 6 credits in courses that address the study of women and gender and that are not part of the disciplinary focus.

Research methods (3 credits)

The research methods course is selected in consultation with an advisor.

Proposal (1 credit)

MAIS 797 - Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal Credits: 1

Project (1-4 credits) or thesis (4 credits)

MAIS 798 - Interdisciplinary Studies Project Credits: 1-5 (minimum 1 credit) or MAIS 799 - Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis Credits: 1-5 (take 4 credits)

Total: 36 Credits

Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

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