Women & Gender Studies Institute

Program Requirements

Students must be admitted to, and enrolled in, one of the collaborating units, and are expected to meet the admission and degree requirements of both the home department and CWGS. The Collaborative Program requirements can be met concurrently with, or in addition to, home unit requirements. Applicants should consult their graduate units for information.

 All programs of study should be planned in consultation with the CWGS Graduate Coordinator as well as the Coordinator of Graduate Studies of the student’s home graduate unit. Courses should be selected from an established list of core courses offered by CWGS and cross-listed courses offered by our collaborating units.

 Students who successfully complete the requirements of the Collaborative Program will receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Program in Women and Gender Studies” on their academic transcript in addition to the master’s or doctoral degree from their home graduate unit. This notation does not appear on a student’s graduate diploma. Students will also receive a certificate announcing their completion of the program.

 Non-Thesis Master’s Students

  • Students are required to take WGS5000H.
  • 1.0 FCE of courses with a focus on women, gender, feminist, sexuality, critical race or post-colonial studies.
  • Regular attendance at the WGS Research Seminar.

 Thesis Master’s Students

  •  Students are required to take WGS5000H.
  •  0.5 FCE course with a focus on women, gender, feminist, sexuality, critical race or post-colonial studies.
  • Regular attendance at the WGS Research Seminar.
  • The thesis, or major paper, dealing with a subject in the field of women and gender studies.
  • Theses will be supervised and evaluated in the same manner as those in the home graduate unit. Normally, at least one cross-listed or core graduate faculty member of WGSI will be a member of the thesis or supervisory committee of students in the program.

 PhD Students

  • A required half course selected from WGS5000H or WGS5001H.
  •  Any other 0.5 FCE course in WGSI.
  • 1.0 FCE of courses with a focus on women, gender, feminist, sexuality, critical race or post-colonial studies.
  •  Regularly participate in the WGS Research Seminar. Students are required to present their work in the seminar at least once before graduating.
  • Doctoral thesis dealing with a subject in the field of women and gender studies. Theses will be supervised and evaluated in the same manner as those in the home graduate unit. Normally, at least one cross-listed or core graduate faculty member of WGSI will be a member of the thesis or supervisory committee of students in the program.