Combined BA/MA Degree in Women's Studies

This degree program is designed to help highly qualified and motivated students with an interest in Women’s Studies complete both an MA and a BA while double counting certain credits to expedite the process of earning two degrees.   

Admissions

Students who wish to pursue a combined degree program must apply to the graduate portion of the program no later than the spring term of the junior year and after completing 75 undergraduate credits. Eligible students take the GRE in their junior year, and apply no later than the spring term of the junior year for formal admission to the MA in Women’s Studies. Women's Studies requires the GRE, a writing sample, and three recommendations from professors for admission the the combined degree.

Students are recommended for admission to the MA on the same basis as other applicants for the graduate degree program. The final say on admissions rests with the Columbian College graduate dean, following existing policies.

Advising

As noted above, interested students are encouraged to begin consulting with a faculty advisor and planning their curriculum as early as possible.  It will be possible for a student who waits as late as her or his junior year to express interest to complete the necessary course work. 

Graduation

Students receive their BA in Women’s Studies after four years and are admitted to the MA program with 12 credits, leaving another 24 hours to complete the MA degree. The normal full-time MA student carries a 9 hour load per semester. Thus a student will be able to complete the MA degree with one year of full-time study beyond the BA degree. 

Specific Degree Requirements

BA in Women’s Studies:  Students are required to complete the normal requirements for the BA in Women’s Studies.  In addition to 12 hours of required courses, the BA in Women’s Studies requires 18 hours of electives selected from an approved list of courses in Women’s Studies and other departments.  For the combined degree, the student completes the electives by taking courses that count as electives for the major as well as requirements (WSTU 6220, 6225, or equivalent) or electives for the MA.

MA in Women’s Studies:  Students are required to complete the normal requirements for the MA degree.  The only difference with the combined degree program is that students complete the first four courses for the MA degree in their senior year by double counting (for the BA and MA) 12 hours of course work.  The courses listed in the first chart below are for the non-thesis option; the second chart shows the sequence of courses for the thesis option. The MA requires the following Women’s Studies courses: WSTU 6220 (or equivalent),  WSTU 6221, WSTU 6225 (or equivalent), and either WSTU 6283 (6 hours) or WSTU 6283 (3 credits) plus WSTU 6295, or WSTU 6299-6300 for the six credit thesis option.  The MA requires a four course (12 hours) concentration in a liberal arts discipline or topical focus. The MA also requires 9 hours of approved electives.

Electives:  The following are examples of electives for the MA in Women’s Studies that would also count as electives for the undergraduate major in Women’s Studies:

WSTU 6241:  Women and Law
WSTU 6230:  Global Feminism
WSTU 6265:  Women, Welfare and Poverty
WSTU 6270:  (selected topics) Women and Healthcare Policy
HIST   6435:  Readings on Women in American History 
PHIL/WSTU 6238: Feminist Ethics and Policy Applications 
PSC 8388: Gender and Ethnicity (Selected Topics in Comparative Politics) 
SOC 6244: Families and Kinship 
SOC 6271: Gender and Society
ANTH/WSTU 6257: Gender and Sexuality

Sample Curriculum

The attached table schematically lays out all of the specific course requirements for both degrees. 

Examples of combined degree program for BA and MA in WSTU (Non-thesis Option) 

Course

Year

Semester

B.A. or M.A.

WSTU 1020 Women in Western Civ.

1 or 2

Fall

Prerequisite

WSTU 2120 Intro to WSTU

2 or 3

Fall

B.A. Requirement

WSTU 2125 Varieties of Feminist Theory

2 or 3

Spring

B.A. Requirement

Multi-cultural diversity course (WSTU 2121 or alternative)

2 or 3

Spring

B.A. Requirement

2000-4000-level elective in WSTU

1, 2

Fall or Spring

B.A. Elective

WSTU 4199 Senior Seminar

3

Fall

B.A. Requirement

WSTU 6220 Fundamentals of Feminist Theory

4

Fall

B.A. Elective
M.A. Requirement

6000-level elective in WSTU

4

Fall

B.A. Elective
M.A. Elective

6000-level elective in WSTU

4

Fall

B.A. Elective
M.A. Elective

WSTU 6225 (or equiv.) Contemporary Feminist Theory

4

Spring

B.A. Elective
M.A. Requirement

WSTU 6283 Practicum in WSTU

4

Spring

B.A. Elective
M.A. Requirement

1st M.A. Field Course, 6000 level *

4 or 5

Spring

B.A. Elective
M.A. Elective

WSTU 6221 Research Issues in WSTU

5

Fall

M.A. Requirement

2nd M.A. Field Course 6000 level *

5

Fall

M.A. Requirement

3rd M.A. Field Course, 6000 level*

5

Fall

M.A. Requirement

4th M.A. Field Course, 6000 level*

5

Spring

M.A. Requirement

6000-level elective in WSTU

4 or 5

Spring

M.A. Requirement

WSTU 6295 Independent Research

5

Spring

M.A. Requirement

*Examples of MA field courses with different concentrations:

A.  Disciplinary concentration in English

1.  ENG 6130 Selected Topic in Criticism
2.  ENG 6530 Conceptualizing Genders
3.  ENG/WSTU 6540 Women & Writing
4.  ENG 6560 Postcolonialism

B.  Disciplinary concentration in Sociology

1.  SOC 6271 Gender & Society
2.  SOC 6244 Soc. of Families & Kinship
3.  SOC 6232 Qualitative Methodology
4.  SOC 6245 Race Relations

C.  Topical Focus on Women & Development

1.  WSTU 6230 Global Feminisms
2.  SOC 6252 Soc. of Development
3.  ANTH 6301 Anth. of Development
4.  GEO 6223 Population & Food Balance

D.  Topical Focus on Gender & Race/ethnicity

1.  ENG 6510 Writing Race & Nation
2.  ENG 6520 Ethnicity & the Construction of Identity
3.  SOC 6245 Race Relations
4.  HIST/WSTU 3362 Black Women in America

Course

Year

Semester

B.A. or M.A.

WSTU 1020 Women in Western Civ.

1 or 2

Fall

Prerequisite

WSTU 2120 Intro to WSTU

2 or 3

Fall

B.A. Requirement

WSTU 2125 Varieties of Feminist Theory

2 or 3

Spring

B.A. Requirement

Multicultural diversity course (WSTU 2121 or alternative)

2 or 3

Spring

B.A. Requirement

2000-4000 level elective in WSTU

1,2

Fall or Spring

B.A. Elective

WSTU 4199 Senior Seminar

3

Fall

B.A. Requirement

WSTU 6220 Fundamentals of Feminist Theory

4

Fall

B.A. Elective
M.A. Requirement

6000 level elective in WSTU

4

Fall

B.A. Elective
M.A. Elective

6000 level elective in WSTU

4

Fall

B.A. Elective
M.A. Elective

WSTU 6225 (or equiv.) Contemporary Feminist Theory

4

Spring

B.A. Elective
M.A. Requirement

1st M.A. Field Course, 6000 level

4

Spring

B.A. Elective
M.A. Requirement

6000 level elective in WSTU

4

Spring

B.A. Elective
M.A. Elective

WSTU 6221 Research Issues in WSTU

5

Fall

M.A. Requirement

2nd M.A. Field Course, 6000 level

5

Fall

M.A. Requirement

3rd M.A. Field Course, 6000 level

5

Fall

M.A. Requirement

4th M.A. Field Course, 6000 level

5

Spring

M.A. Requirement

WSTU 6998-6999 M.A. Thesis 6 credits

5

Spring

M.A. Requirement