Degree Program & Requirements | Women's & Gender Studies

Degree Program & Requirements

To be awarded a master's degree in Women's & Gender Studies, students must complete at least 30 hours of graduate coursework as part of an approved Master's Degree Plan. All students are required to complete WGST 5100 (Feminist Theory), WGST 5400 (Gender & Human Trafficking), and WGST 5800 (Gender & Globalization) as part of their master's program at UNT. In addition to these nine (9) hours of required coursework, students will select additional courses approved for WGST credit.

In addition to scheduled courses, all students will fulfill one of three "exit options," chosen in consultation with their major professor.

Thesis Track Option: Students wishing to complete a thesis will work in close consultation with their major professor and selected committee members on a substantial research project during the student's final two long semesters of enrollment.

30 hours: 24 hours of coursework, 6 hours of WGST 5950 (Thesis), and an oral thesis defense. It is highly recommended that students take a research methods course.

Non-Thesis Track Options:

A) Internship/Fieldwork Option: Serving an internship offers valuable hands-on experiences that enable the student to glean an insider's perspective of a non-profit organization. Students must complete at least 12 hours of graduate WGST coursework before enrolling in an internship and must work in close consultation with their major professor.

30 hours: 27 hours of coursework, 3 hours of WGST 5850 (Internship), and written and oral comprehensive examinations (taken during the student's last long semester of enrollment).

B) Special Project Option: This option allows students to focus on a semester-long research or creative project opportunity, suitable for publication or professional review. Students must complete at least 12 hours of graduate WGST coursework before enrolling in this special problems course and must work in close consultation with their major professor.

30 hours: 27 hours of coursework, 3 hours of WGST 5900 (Special Problems), and written and oral comprehensive examinations (taken during the student's last long semester of enrollment).

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