Graduate

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:
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First Year
Women's Studies Proseminar (WGS 700)
Feminist Theory (WGS 751R). 
Research Assistantship (Spring semester)

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Second Year 
Teaching Women's Studies (WGS 720) 
One or two semesters of Teaching Assistantship
Choose an advisor and form examination committee 

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Third Year 
Research Design (WGS 710)
Meet final course requirements
Comprehensive exams (by December 1 of fourth year)
Complete a foreign language requirement and a methods requirement 
One or two semesters as Teaching Associate (teaching WGS 100)

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Fourth Year 
Approval of Prospectus (by March 1 of fourth year) 
Admission to candidacy
Remaining Teaching Requirements 

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