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College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

2010-2012 Plan of Study

Women's & Gender Studies M.A. Requirements

2010-2012 UNI Catalog

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study.  Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at  Admission to the program is competitive. Detailed information on admission requirements and procedures may be obtained from the Women's and Gender Studies office.  

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

The Women’s and Gender Studies curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students who strive for analytic clarity and rigor in gender-focused research. Students may employ the skills in reflective and critical analysis as well as the broad base of knowledge that they obtain in the program to 1) prepare for a Ph.D. program with a disciplinary or interdisciplinary focus on gender or, 2) enhance leadership skills for a career in the public or private sector or, 3) satisfy strong intellectual interests and curiosity while pursuing advanced education in the liberal arts.

Through core courses and selected electives, students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies will accomplish several objectives: examine theories concerning the social and historical constructions of gender; explore how gender defines relationships among women, among men, and between men and women; recognize that women's lives have been under-represented in traditional disciplines and investigate previously neglected materials in order to identify women's as well as men's roles in cultural or social endeavors; study, compare, and evaluate an array of disciplinary perspectives on gender, including, but not limited to, cross-cultural, economic, sociological, historical, and literary perspectives; identify intersections of gender with race, class, age, sexual identity, and ethnicity, both locally and globally, both in the present and in the past; and employ new methodological and critical approaches to materials customarily treated in other ways, revising the content and assumptions of particular disciplines to address gender and related issues more effectively.

The M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies is a thesis-only program requiring a minimum of 34 semester hours of study; 15 hours of 200/6000-level course work, including 6 hours of xxx:299/6299, is required.  Additional non-program hours may be required, if courses on a student’s program of study have prerequisites which instructors choose not to waive.

Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination is required.


680:289. Graduate Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: Comparative Feminist Theories -- 3 hrs.

(WGS 6289)

Analysis of identities and oppressions from national and international feminist perspectives. (Offered Fall) 

680:290. Graduate Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: Library Research Methods -- 1 hr.

(WGS 6290)

Library research strategies and methods. (Offered Spring)

980:171(g). Feminist Theories in the Social Sciences -- 3 hrs.

(SOC 5071)

Survey of theoretical approaches to study of sex and gender. Classical, structural, neo-Freudian, Marxist feminist,

and radical approaches. Topics include work, family, religion, and sexuality. Prerequisite(s): 900:020 (SOC SCI

1020) or 980:001 (SOC 1000) or 990:011 (ANTH 1002); junior standing. (Offered Spring)


History Course (3 hours):

      961:146(g). United States Women's History -- 3 hrs.

     (HISUS 5260)

     Survey of social, cultural, and economic roles of women in the United States from founding to present, with some

     comparative analysis of women's roles in other areas of the world. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Fall)


      963:161(g). Modern European Women's History -- 3 hrs.

     (HISEUB 5690)

     Examination of the political, social, intellectual, and economic history of women and gender relations in Europe

     from the Enlightenment to the present. Attention to women's rights movements and the social construction of

     gender. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Offered Spring)


English or Philosophy Course (3 hours):

      620:206. Feminist Literary Theories and Practice -- 3 hrs.

     (ENGLISH 6120)

     Examination of how writers transform society's beliefs about the nature and function of women into literary plots,

     images, and themes, and how, in turn, these influence society's attitudes toward women. Emphasis on

     socio-historical approaches prevalent in the United States; attention to British political and French psychoanalytic

     critics. Prerequisite(s) or corequisite(s): 620:201 (ENGLISH 6100) or 680:289 (WGS 6289) or consent of instructor.  (Variable)                                                


     650:250. Critical Perspectives on Gender -- 3 hrs.

     (PHIL 6010)

     Consideration of two traditions that have influenced feminist theories in the last two decades - poststructuralism   and psychoanalysis. Readings in primary texts (e.g., Foucault, Derrida, Freud, and Lacan) and explorations of feminist elaborations and critiques of these texts revealing the tenacity, centrality, and power in human lives of a sense of gendered existence. (Same as 640:250 (RELS 6010)) (Offered Even Springs)


Thesis Research (xxx:299/xxx:6299) – 6 hrs.


 Research Methodology – 3 hrs.

With approval of thesis advisor, one course from the following:


190:305. Qualitative Methods in Educational Research -- 3 hrs.


Study of the techniques of direct observation and analysis of human behavior in ongoing, naturalistic settings.

Focus on problems associated with the two main approaches used in qualitative research -- participant observation and in-depth interviewing. Prerequisite(s): 190:303 (INTDEPED 7303). (Variable)


250:301. Advanced Experimental Research in Education -- 3 hrs.

(MEASRES 7301)

Relationships between scientific research, theory construction and ethical principles; true-experimental and

quasi-experimental designs; univariate, factorial, and multivariate analyses with appropriate computer applications; critical review of experimental literature and preparation of research manuscripts. Prerequisite(s): 250:180 (MEASRES 4180/MEASRES 5180); 250:205 (MEASRES 6205); 250:281 (MEASRES 6281); or consent of department. (Variable)


400:239. Advanced Statistics -- 3 hrs.

(PSYCH 6001)

Review of elementary descriptive and inferential statistics, analysis of variance and covariance models, multiple

linear regression and the generalized linear model, and specialized topics in multivariate analysis. Prerequisite(s):

previous courses in statistics; graduate standing in psychology or consent of instructor. (Offered Fall)


48C:113(g). Social Protest: Performance and Rhetoric -- 3 hrs.

(COMM 4446/COMM 5446)

Study of rhetorical and performance texts in social protest, public awareness, identity formation, and rhetorical

movements. Special attention to issues of race, sex and sexuality, age, and/or class. Prerequisite(s): junior

standing. (Variable)


48C:180(g). Quantitative Research Methods -- 3 hrs.

(COMM 4021/COMM 5021)

Examination of principles and procedures of communication research with emphasis on experimental and survey

methods and techniques. Students will complete research projects. Prerequisite(s): 48C:080 (COMM COR 2020)

equivalent; junior standing. (Offered Fall and Spring)


48C:183(g). Qualitative Research Methods -- 3 hrs.

(COMM 4022/COMM 5022)

Examination of principles and procedures of communication research with emphasis on interpretive and

ethnographic techniques. Students complete research projects. Prerequisite(s): 48C:080 (COMM COR 2020) or

equivalent; junior standing. (Offered Fall and Spring)


48C:189(g). Rhetorical Communication Research Methods -- 3 hrs.

(COMM 4023/COMM 5023)

Examination of principles and procedures of rhetorical criticism. Students complete research projects.

Prerequisite(s): 48C:080 (COMM COR 2020) or equivalent; junior standing. (Offered Odd Springs)


48C:222. Seminar in Communication -- 3 hrs.


Various topics offered with specific title indicated in Schedule of Classes. May be repeated more than once on

different topic. (Variable)


620:161(g). Literary Criticism -- 3 hrs.


Important modern and traditional critical positions and their application to imaginative literature. Prerequisite(s):

620:034 (ENGLISH 2120) or consent of instructor; junior standing. (Variable)


620:201. Introduction to Graduate Study in English -- 3 hrs.

(ENGLISH 6100)

Introduction to problems, techniques, and tools of graduate-level study and research in English; to be completed

before 9 hours earned in the M.A. program. Prerequisite(s): written consent of English Graduate Coordinator.

(Offered Fall)


960:290. Historical Methods -- 3 hrs.

(HIST 6050)

Investigation of problems confronting the historian and analysis of methods and techniques employed. (Offered



980:160(g). Social Data Analysis -- 3 hrs.

(SOC 4025/SOC 5025)

Intermediate methods of analysis using standing computer software program packages; descriptive and inferential

statistics with controlled relationships, multivariate analysis, and scale analysis techniques. Primary orientation to

survey data in social sciences. Prerequisite(s): 980:080 (SOC 2020) or equivalent; junior standing. (Offered Spring)


980:178(g). Qualitative Research Methods -- 3 hrs.

(SOC 4015/SOC 5015)

Development and application of qualitative descriptive and analytic methods used in social science research.

Prerequisite(s): 980:001 (SOC 1000) or 990:011 (ANTH 1002); junior standing. (Same as 990:178g (ANTH

4015/5015)) (Offered Fall)


 990:178(g). Qualitative Research Methods -- 3 hrs.

(ANTH 4015/ANTH 5015)

Development and application of the qualitative descriptive and analytic methods used in social science research.

Prerequisite(s): 980:001 (SOC 1000) or 990:011 (ANTH 1002); junior standing. (Same as 980:178g (SOC

4015/5015)) (Offered Fall)


980:201. Advanced Research Methodology -- 3 hrs.

(SOC 6020)

Relationship between theory and research, grand methodology; logic and philosophy of sociology; science and

sociology; theory construction, formal models, explanation, prediction, and cause; value freedom, objectivity, and

ideology. Prerequisite(s): 980:108 (SOC 2010). Open to seniors with consent of department head. (Offered Fall)


Electives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 hours

 With the approval of the thesis advisor, the student individually designs an elective sequence, selecting

courses from the humanities, fine arts, social and natural sciences that best contribute to the student’s thesis project.


A Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies is also available.


For more information contact the Women's and Gender Studies office, 225 Sabin, 319-273-7102, or