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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Women's and Gender Studies (WST)

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Master of Arts (M.A.)
CIP Code: 05.0207
College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 36

Contact Information:
College of Arts and Sciences
Women's and Gender Studies Department (WGS)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue CMC 342
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Kim Golombisky
Phone: 813-974-0986
Email: kgolombi@usf.edu

Website: http://wgs.usf.edu


Faculty Search: Arts and Sciences Faculty List


Major Information

The M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies requires the completion of 36 credit hours. The major has three tracks: 1) a research option that requires a thesis, 2) an applied option that requires an internship and subsequent analytic report on the internship experience, and 3) a non-thesis option. This format is designed to serve the needs of a variety of different categories of students desiring a graduate degree in Women's and Gender Studies. The thesis option is recommended for students who intend eventually to pursue a doctoral degree. Either the non-thesis option or the internship option is recommended for students who seek the M.A. as a terminal degree.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: February 15

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below. Applicants without training in Women's and Gender Studies are admitted on a conditional basis. In addition, applicants must submit the following:

  • GRE scores are required
  • applicants must submit a personal narrative statement of purpose
  • a writing sample (appropriate examples include a term paper or research paper)
  • three letters of recommendation

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

The M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies requires the completion of thirty-six credit hours. These hours are divided as follows:

REQUIRED COURSES

 

Credits

CORE REQUIREMENTS

12

WST6001
WST6560
WST6003
WST6936

Feminist Research and Methodology
Advanced Feminist Theory
Feminist Scholarship and Pedagogy
Selected Topics in Women's Studies

3
3
3
3

 

ELECTIVE REQUIREMENTS

18

To be selected from:

  • Graduate courses on women and issues surrounding the intersection of gender/class/race/sexuality offered by other departments
  • No more than one other graduate-level course approved by the graduate director
 
Comprehensive Examinations
Each student must pass a written comprehensive examination. It is expected that a student will successfully complete the comprehensive examination prior to beginning thesis or internship work. Students electing the Non-Thesis option should successfully complete the comprehensive exam in their last semester of coursework.
 
Track Requirements 6 credit hours
Students should choose their M.A. track at the end of 18 hours of coursework. Six credit hours are required on each track. Track Options include:
    Thesis Track (6 credit hours)
    WST 6971 Thesis: Master's
    Students must enroll in six credit hours of WST 6971 Thesis: Master's. Taken over two semesters, the student will develop a thesis proposal approved by the student's thesis committee and complete a Master's thesis on the approved topic. The completed Thesis must be defended at an oral defense.

    Internship Track (6 credit hours)
    WST 5825 Internship in Women's Studies
    Students must enroll in six credit hours of WST 5825 Internship in Women's Studies. The internship experience, typically over two semesters, should take place in a human service agency or other organization which focuses on women, sexualities, or gender issues. The internship will be approved by the student's internship committee. The student will be required to write a narrative report describing the internship in detail and analyzing the experience in terms of appropriate theoretical frameworks. The completed narrative must be defended as an oral defense.

    Non-Thesis Track Option(6 credit hours)
    In lieu of thesis or internship hours, students must take two additional electives to complete the total 36 hours for the M.A. degree.
 
Comprehensive Exam Requirements
Each student must pass a written comprehensive examination. It is expected that a student will successfully complete the comprehensive examination prior to beginning thesis or internship work.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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USF Degree Requirements

See USF Degree Requirements —
http://www.grad.usf.edu/policies.php

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Financial Assistance


Financial Aid

Fellowships & Scholarships

Graduate Assistantships

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

Use the list below to lookup graduate courses related to this program in the USF Course Inventory:

WST6001, WST6560, WST6003, WST6936,