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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 our alumni page for examples of the interdisciplinary work supported by the department.

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.

Our program allows for a great deal of flexibility in shaping a student's curriculum. Students are expected to complete a minimum of 60+ hours of coursework, the first 39 of which are content courses taken during the first two and a half years of study.

The Requirements of the Program

First Year

Full-time coursework (Fall/Spring) Research assistantship (Spring)

Second Year

Full-time coursework (Fall/Spring)
Two semesters teaching assistantship (teaching breakout sessions of larger lecture course)

Third Year

Defend comprehensive exams (fall) and prospectus (spring)
Two semesters teaching associateship (teaching own sections of introductory WGSS course)

Fourth Year

Full-time dissertation work

Fifth Year

Full-time dissertation work