Sep 19, 2019  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 

Women’s Studies

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Women’s Studies Department 

Women’s Studies Program Information

The Women’s Studies program is administered by the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research. This interdisciplinary forum for graduate studies offers both a Thesis and a Non-Thesis M.A., as well as a two certificates.  The Center also offers a regular colloquium series, frequently sponsors speakers, and distributes a newsletter each fall and spring.   

Master of Arts (thesis and non-thesis): The Center offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) thesis degree option, which requires the completion and defense of a thesis (30 credit hours), and the Master of Arts non-thesis degree option, which requires completion and defense of a project or paper (30 credit hours). All Master’s students take a core curriculum of 9 graduate credits (3 courses). For the thesis M.A., the remaining 21 hours consist of 15 credits of approved electives and 6 thesis credits. For the non-thesis M.A., 21 credits of approved electives are required.

Required courses for all MA students (9 credits):

15 approved credits at 5000-level or higher
6 credits of WST 6971: Research for Master’s Thesis
(3 of which must be taken in the final graduating term)

Total for MA thesis: 30 credits 

21 approved credits at 5000-level of higher;
at least 6 of these credits must be classes in WST.

Total for MA non-thesis: 30 credits

BA/ MA Program: UF offers a number of Bachelor’s/Master’s programs for superior students. The university created combined degree programs to provide academically talented students an opportunity to complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in a shorter period of time. The program allows you to double-count graduate courses toward both degrees, thus reducing the time it would normally take to graduate by a semester or more. The combined-degree program reduces the cost of both degrees and enhances your marketability for career advancement.

Concurrent degree -MA in Women’s Studies and an MA in Mass Communications (MAMC) with specialization in Journalism: When appropriate, the Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research will work with individual students to develop a collaborative degree program with the College of Journalism and Communication. At the University of Florida, students may apply to complete Master’s degrees in two different programs or two Master’s degrees in the same program concurrently. Those interested should discuss the proposed study with the office of Graduate Student Records (392-4643, 106 Grinter) before applying. Written approval is needed from each academic unit and the Graduate School Dean. The student must be officially admitted to both programs through regular procedures. No more than 9 credits from the first program may be applied toward the second.

M.A./J.D. Joint Degree: The faculties of the Levin College of Law and Women’s Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have approved a joint degree program culminating in both a J.D. degree, awarded by the College of Law, and an M.A. degree (thesis or non-thesis), awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Under this joint degree program, a student can obtain both degrees in approximately one year less than it would take to obtain both degrees if pursued consecutively. A student must satisfy the curriculum requirements for each degree before either degree is awarded.At least 12 credits must be taken in each program. The graduate program in Women’s Studies will accept 12 credits of appropriate professional courses toward the M.A. degree. The 12 credits selected from the professional curriculum must be approved by the Graduate Coordinator upon the recommendation of the student’s graduate supervisory committee. Reciprocally, the law school will accept 12 credits of appropriate Women’s Studies courses toward the satisfaction of the J.D. degree. Admission to the second program is required no later than the end of the third consecutive semester after beginning one degree of the joint degree program. A summer term is counted as a single semester.

Certificates (M.A. or Ph.D. level): Two graduate certificates in Women’s Studies for master’s and doctoral students are offered in conjunction with degree programs in other academic units. The Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies and the Graduate Certificate in Gender and Development require specific sets of course work, designed to give students a thorough grounding in the discipline. The Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies offers students a general overview of the field. The Graduate Certificate in Gender and Development allows students to focus on issues related to gender, economic development, and globalization.

Graduate courses in women’s studies are also available from the following academic units or programs:

  • Agricultural and Life Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Counselor Education
  • English
  • History
  • Journalism and Communication
  • Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Medicine
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Sociology
  • Teaching and Learning

For more information, please see our website:

Degrees Offered with a Major in Women’s Studies

Master of Arts

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