Through participation in and successful completion of the Master of Arts (MA), students will graduate with:
1: Substantive knowledge in an area of feminist scholarship that includes familiarity with the ways in which our lived experiences and social institutions are structured through the intersections of race, gender, class, sexuality, ability, age, religion, culture, and nation, and the ability to analyze current social and political trends from multiracial, transnational, and queer feminist perspectives. This is accomplished through application of critical thinking, coursework, ethical practice of research, independent study, and thesis.
2: Preparation for doctoral level work in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and eventual careers in academia. This is demonstrated through application of standard and innovative theory and methods in coursework and thesis; participation in the WGSS Orientation and Professionalization series (511, 512, 513) and WGSS 535: Feminist Teaching and Learning; Graduate Teaching Assistantships; and opportunities for presentations at professional conferences.
3: Feminist leadership skills and preparation for careers in social justice and social change agencies. This is demonstrated through participation in WGSS 521: Feminist Leadership and Management; WGSS 522: Grant Writing and Development for Feminist Organizations; WGSS 523: Community Organizing and Collective Action; and through the WGSS 510 internship experience.
4: Ability to analyze and situate local movements for social change within global and transnational contexts. This is demonstrated through participation in WGSS 585: Transnational Feminisms and the Global Experience series (WGSS 586, 587, 588) that involves a short-term study abroad service-learning experience.
5: Ability to apply feminist theory and research to advance effective and ethical strategies for change. This is accomplished through coursework in theory and methods, WGSS 523: Community Organizing and Collective Action, as well as through the WGSS 510 internship and service-learning opportunities in national and transnational settings that focus on social justice.