Degree Requirements

Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program requires completion of core and elective courses and demonstration of depth in a chosen concentration or track. Candidates must complete a minimum of 13 credit hours of required courses in WGSS and 15 credit hours of elective WGSS courses. In addition, the student must take a minimum of 18 credit hours (3 in theory, 3 in methods, and 3 in a designated field) in an approved concentration or track selected from the list below.

Students must also fulfill Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship requirement as outlined in the WGSS Graduate Handbook (available on line). At the end of 30 hours of course work (21 in WGSS and 9 in a concentration), Students will take a qualifying exam in their fourth semester (administered by the instructors of WGSS 800, 801, 802). Results of this exam will determine whether or not the student is given a terminal M.A. and leaves the program or the student continues on towards the Ph.D. After completion of 31 credit hours and the Research Skills and Responsible Scholarship requirement, students take a comprehensive oral examination, the centerpiece of which is a portfolio of all major written work (exams, papers, syllabi), and a professional essay. Within 3 months of passing this exam the student defends a dissertation prospectus and enrolls in dissertation hours.

For more information, see the Ph.D. program website and the Graduate Student Manual, accessible on that website.

Required Graduate Courses in WGSS

WGSS 800 History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 3
WGSS 801 Women and Gender Studies: Theory and Methods 3
WGSS 802 Feminist Methodologies 3
WGSS 803 Feminist Pedagogy (0.5 hour, taken twice) 1
WGSS 804 Professional Development (1 hour, taken three times) 3

Concentrations: African and African-American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Classics (Greek and Roman Studies), Communication Studies, English, Film and Media Studies, History, History of Art, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Theatre.

The WGSS graduate student handbook lists a selection of the approved courses in the concentrations.

Contact Info

Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Blake Hall
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 318
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-2310
http://www.wgss.ku.edu/
Alesha Doan, Chair
785-864-2310

Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Blake Hall
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 318
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-2310
http://wgss.ku.edu/
Alesha Doan, Undergraduate Advisor
785-864-2310

Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Blake Hall
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 318
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-2310
http://wgss.ku.edu/
Ann Schofield, Graduate Advisor
785-864-2310
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