One of the oldest Women's Studies doctoral programs in the country, the Emory Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies supports feminist teaching and scholarship concerning women and gender. It promotes comparative perspectives on women's studies through interdisciplinary research grounded in careful training in relevant traditional disciplines and research methods.

In addition to rigorous interdisciplinary course work and writing, graduate students train in feminist pedagogies and receive opportunities to teach in our department. Please consult Completed Dissertations for examples of the interdisciplinary work supported by the department.

Our program allows for a great deal of flexibility in shaping a student's curriculum. Click here to see a sample student timeline.

The student completes the program with a doctoral dissertation directed by a core or associated faculty member of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. The Department does not admit students for the terminal Master's degree.

Students are expected to complete a minimum of 60 hours (5 semesters) of graduate course work.

The requirements of the program are as follows:
First Year
Full time coursework (Fall/Spring) Research assistantship (Spring)
Second Year
Full time coursework (Fall/Spring)
Two semesters teaching assistantship
Third Year
Finish coursework (Fall) Complete foreign language requirement
Comprehensive exams
Two semesters teaching associateship
Fourth Year
Defend prospectus Admission to candidacy Possible field research
Fifth Year
Full time dissertation work