Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Secondary PhD Field in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

A student enrolled in a PhD program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University may achieve formal recognition for completing a secondary field in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

The following requirements must be met, in order to have the secondary field officially noted on the PhD student's transcript:

  • Completion of four graduate-level courses in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality with honors grades of B+ or above. One of these courses must be the graduate proseminar in research methodologies; one must be the graduate section of a WGS theory course (WGS 1210s). Two others must be selected from among graduate courses, or upper-level seminars with a graduate section, cross-listed on the WGS web-site under courses that count. Any substitution for this latter category must have the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. These courses could also be used to satisfy departmental requirements.
  • An original article-length paper of potentially publishable quality written in connection with one of the graduate seminars. In addition to the teacher of the seminar, the Director of Graduate Studies, and a member of the Committee on Degrees in the Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality from a relevant field will form the review committee.
  • Successful completion of an oral examination indicating mastery of the field. In cases where a field in the home department corresponds with WGS studies, with the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, one of the student's general or field examinations in the home department may be substituted for this examination.
  • One semester service as a Teaching Fellow in one of the WGS undergraduate courses taught by WGS faculty. With the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, serving as a TF for other departments courses may satisfy this requirement, in cases where such a course corresponds with WGS studies.

For detailed information, please contact the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at 617-495-9199.