WGSS Requirements for the MAIS (Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies)

The MAIS consists of three integrated areas of study. Students can elect to study WGSS as their primary area with 2 other disciplinary areas outside WGSS; as their primary and secondary areas with one other disciplinary area; or as a secondary and/or tertiary area of study with a primary and/or secondary area from another discipline. Within the disciplinary area of WGSS there are three themes from which students may choose: Gender, Race, and Class; Transnational Perspectives; and Contemporary Feminist Issues. Students will choose one of these themes for each of the WGSS areas (primary and/or secondary) they elect to study.  Students completing the MAIS with Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as their primary area must complete a minimum of 22 credits:

  • WGSS 510. Internship (3 - 6 credits)
  • WGSS 514. Systems of Oppression in Women's Lives (4 credits)
  • WGSS 516. Theories of Feminism (4 credits)
  • WGSS 518. Feminist Research (4 credits) (required for thesis option only)
  • WGSS 585. Transnational Feminisms (4 credits)
  • WGSS 503. Thesis; or WGSS 501. Research and Scholarship (non-thesis)(3 credits)

Students taking WGSS as a secondary and/or tertiary area for the MAIS must complete a minimum of 12 credits for each area, including the following required courses:

  • WGSS 516. Theories of Feminism (4 credits)
  • WGSS 514. Systems of Oppression (4 credits)
  • WGSS 585. Transnational Feminisms (4 credits)

Many students elect Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as both primary and secondary areas. They must complete a minimum of 34 credits in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (22 for the primary area and 12 for the secondary) of the 45 required for the MAIS degree.

QS Requirements for the MAIS (Secondary and Tertiary Areas)

Queer Studies participates in the MAIS Program as a Secondary and Tertiary Area. Secondary Area: Students must complete a total of 12 credits. Tertiary Area: Students must complete a total of 9 credits. These courses are selected from the following two sections. Please note students whose primary area is WGSS must select courses that are in addition to the WGSS requirements. This means that these courses cannot “double-count.”

All students must complete the following course: QS/WGSS 562. Queer Theories (4 credits)

Sexuality, Gender, Race, & Nation (3-6 credits)

QS/WGSS/ES 531. Queer of Color Critiques

QS/WGSS/ES 577. Queer & Trans People of Color Arts & Activism

QS/WGSS/ES 572. Indigenous Two-Spirit & Queer Studies

QS/WGSS/ES 576. Transnational Sexualities

Gender Politics (3-6 credits)

WGSS 514: Systems of Oppression in Women's Lives

QS/WGSS 524. Trans/gender Politics

QS/WGSS 571. Transgender Lives

WGSS 560. Women and Sexuality

WGSS 585. Transnational Feminisms