Combined Degree BA/MA

This degree program is designed to help highly qualified and motivated students with an interest in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies complete both an MA and a BA while double counting 12 credits to expedite the process of earning two degrees.   


Admissions

Students who wish to pursue a combined degree program must apply to the graduate portion of the program no later than the spring term of the junior year and after completing 75 undergraduate credits. Eligible students apply no later than the spring term of the junior year for formal admission to the MA in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. 

Students are recommended for admission to the MA on the same basis as other applicants for the graduate degree program. The final say on admissions rests with the Columbian College graduate dean, following existing policies.


Advising

It is imperative for interested undergraduate students to begin consulting with a faculty advisor and planning their curriculum as early as possible.  It will be possible for a student who waits as late as her or his junior year to express interest to complete the necessary course work. 


Graduation

Students receive their BA in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies after four years and are admitted to the MA program with 12 credits, leaving another 24 hours to complete the MA degree. The normal full-time MA student carries a 9 hour load per semester leaving three remaining semesters to complete the MA. 


Specific Degree Requirements

The BA Portion:

33 credits consisting of:

 

WGSS 2120

Intro to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies OR

 

WGSS 2120W (summer online)

Intro to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

 

WGSS 2125

Varieties of Feminist Theory

 

WGSS 4199

Senior Seminar (Fall of Senior year)

 

One course from each of the five groups that follow plus 3 electives from any WGSS course or any of the groups below. (it is recommended that two of the selected courses, if taken in the final year, are MA level courses. Other MA level courses may count towards these categories pending advisor approval**):

 

Race, ethnicity, and class:

 

WGSS/AMST/HIST 3362

African American Women's History

 

WGSS/AMST/HIST 3362W

African American Women's History

 

AMST/HIST 2410

20th-Century U.S. Immigration

 

ENGL 1610

Introduction to Black American Literature I

 

ENGL 1610W

Introduction to Black American Literature I

 

ENGL 1611

Introduction to Black American Literature II

 

ENGL 1611W

Introduction to Black American Literature II

 

ENGL 3570

19th-Century Black Literature

 

ENGL 3960

Asian American Literature

 

ENGL 3960W

Asian American Literature

 

HIST 3360

African-American History to 1865

 

HIST 3361

African-American History Since 1865

 

PHIL 2125

Philosophy of Race and Gender

 

PHIL 2125W

Philosophy of Race and Gender

 

                                                                                                    

Global/transnational:

 

WGSS 2121/ANTH 2501

The Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

 

CHIN/WGSS 3136

Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film

 

CHIN/WGSS 3136W

Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film

 

WGSS/REL 3481

Women in Islam

 

WGSS/REL 3881

Women, Gender, and Religion in China

 

WGSS 3820

Global Domestic Labor

 

WGSS 3845

Global Women's Prison

 

WGSS/HIST 3530

Women in Africa

 

ENGL 1710

Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Film I

 

ENGL 1710W

Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Film I

 

ENGL 1711

Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Film II

 

ENGL 1711W

Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Film II

 

ENGL 3730

Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film

 

ENGL 3730W

Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film

 

SPAN 3570

 

WGSS 6230

Women Writers of Spain and Latin America

 

Global Feminisms

 

 

                                                                                                          

Sexualities:

 

WGSS/HIST/AMST 2380

Sexuality in US Cultural Hist

 

WGSS 3410

Lesbian History and Culture

 

WGSS 3435

Queer Politics

 

WGSS 3470

Sexuality and Law

 

ENGL 3910

Disability Studies

 

ENGL 3980

Queer Studies

 

ENGL 3980W

Queer Studies

 

WGSS 3210

 

WGSS 6257/ANTH 6501  

 

WGSS/AMST 6430

 

WGSS/AMST 6431

Athletics and Gender

 

Gender and Sexuality

 

Gender, Sexuality and American Culture I

 

Gender, Sexuality and American Culture II

 

                                                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                             

Humanities:

 

WGSS/HIST 1020

Approaches to Women's History

 

WGSS/HIST/AMST 3352

Women in the United States I

 

WGSS/HIST/AMST 3353

Women in the United States II

 

WGSS/HIST/AMST 2380

Sexuality in US Cultural Hist

 

WGSS/HIST 3530

Women in Africa

 

WGSS/HIST/AMST 3362

Black Women in U.S. History

 

WGSS 2135

A Study of Women and Media

 

WGSS/CHIN 3136

Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film

 

WGSS 3981/REL 2981

Women in Western Religion

 

WGSS/REL 3481

Women in Islam

 

ENGL 3730

Topics in Postcolonial Literature

 

ENGL 3730W

Topics in Postcolonial Literature

 

ENGL 3840

Gender and Literature

 

ENGL 3840W

Gender and Literature

 

ENGL 3980

Queer Studies

 

ENGL 3980W

Queer Studies

 

SPAN 3570

Latin American Women Writers (*)

 

PHIL 2125

 

WGSS/PHIL 6238  

Philosophy of Race and Gender

 

Feminist Ethics and Policy Implications

 

                                                                                                

 

Social science:

 

SOC 2175

Sociology of Sex and Gender (*)

 

PSYC 3150

Psychology of Sex Differences (*)

 

WGSS 2121/ANTH 2501

The Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives

 

PSC 2225

Women and Politics (*)

 

ANTH 3513

Anthropology of Human Rights (*)

 

ANTH 3504

Illness, Healing, and Culture (*)

 

ANTH 3507

Kinship, Family, and Community (*)

 

WGSS 4183

 

WGSS/PSYC 8275  

Practicum in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

 

Women and Health

 

 

                                                                                               

BA Requirements Continued (towards fulfillment of year one MA requirements)

 

Electives:

 

9 additional credits for the BA, of which at least 3 credits are for the MA and should include (three of these credits come from the above-listed category courses for the BA):

WGSS 6220 Fundamentals of Feminist Theory (or alternative approved by advisor) (Fall of Senior year)

Another 6000+ level course**

 

Requirements for completion of MA (24  credits remain for the next 3 semesters to consist of:)

   WGSS 6221 Research Methods in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (Fall)

   WGSS 6225 Contemporary Feminist Theory (or alternative approved by advisor) (Spring)

    6000+ level elective**

One of the following options:

 

Option A

 

WGSS 6998

Thesis Research

 

WGSS 6999

Thesis Research

 

Option B

 

WGSS 6283

Practicum in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (for 6 credits)

 

Option C

 

WGSS 6295

Independent Research in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (plus 3 credits of WGSS 6283)

 

           

 

(*) Indicates course requires prerequisites or permission of instructor.

** Four of the graduate level courses including either those indicated here, or below, be chosen, in consultation with advisor to constitute a twelve-credit discipline or topical concentration