Ph.D. Minor

Ph.D. candidates in other disciplines may select a minor in Gender and Women's Studies. The Ph.D. minor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Arizona is intended to enhance their training in their major field by providing a foundation in diverse theories of gender, critical race theory, feminism and other social movements, history, literature, critical and cultural studies, and the relation of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and transnational economic and political processes. Through coursework and preparation for individually designed comprehensive exams (that include a GWS component), students gain understanding and skills in diverse approaches to feminist scholarship that inform the design and execution of their dissertation project.

The Gender and Women's Studies minor is 12 units of approved Gender and Women's Studies courses, including two courses from the following list:
 
  • GWS 539A Feminist Theories I
  • GWS 539B Feminist Theories II
  • GWS 639 Feminist and Related Social Movements

The remaining two courses may be any 500-level (or above) courses offered by core Gender and Women's Studies faculty or officially cross-listed with GWS. Students may repeat GWS539A and GWS539B one time each for credit that is applicable to a GWS PhD major, PhD minor, MA, or Concentration, on the condition that the syllabus for the course is substantially different from the earlier offering. Course eligibility will be determined by the Director of Graduate Studies or, if a conflict of interest, the Department Head.  Repeat enrollment will be treated as a normal GWS elective course.  Repeat enrollment will have no bearing on PhD Qualifying procedures tied to these courses.

It is expected that one or more core Gender and Women's Studies faculty members would serve on the student's comprehensive examination committee and dissertation committee.
 
The minor will be granted upon completion of coursework with a B or better for the required units. A Minor Program of Study Form must be completed and a signed copy filed with the Gender and Women's Studies Graduate Committee. No more than two transfer courses will be accepted, and cannot replace the Gender and Women's Studies core courses.

Contact our Graduate Advisors for more information.

 

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