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The MA in Women's Studies is a liberal arts degree providing students with an opportunity to pursue advanced interdisciplinary work in Women's Studies, enabling them to become active practitioners in this unique field of study. The program prepares students to become both scholars and activists. According to our most recent survey of MA alumnae, our former graduate students are engaged in a wide variety of careers that span academia and community activism. These careers include, for example, violence prevention programming, social justice activism, youth art programming, philanthropy, feminist book publishing, law enforcement, diversity programming, Title IX programming, and many others. Alumnae are in doctoral programs and/or in faculty positions in the disciplines of Africana studies, American studies, anthropology, communications, Comparative Literature, English, ethnic studies, feminist studies, gender studies, geography, history, leadership studies, philosophy/religion, political science, psychology, social science, sociology, and women’s studies.
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has a wide range of courses at the graduate level. In addition to our
distinguished core faculty,
we have a large number of faculty
who are available to serve as thesis advisors and/or who will be
teaching graduate Women's Studies courses in our department or related
courses in their home departments.
The majority of our first-year graduate students will receive a Graduate Assistantship. A limited number of second-year graduate students can teach courses as Graduate Teaching Associates. For further information, please visit our Application Procedures page.
Additional assistantships may be available through the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. Employment possibilities also exist for students with the appropriate background in local businesses and social service agencies.
is located in a city that combines the advantages of a large,
ethnically-diverse cosmopolitan center with those of a comfortable,
neighborhood-oriented community. Its location on the U.S. border with
Mexico and the Pacific Rim makes it an ideal location for multicultural
research and scholarship. San Diego has a strong women's community,
boasting a diverse array of cultural activities and several feminist
institutions, including the Center for Community Solutions and the
Women's Museum of California, among others.
Other university campuses in the
region include the San Diego, Irvine, Riverside, and Los Angeles
campuses of the University of California, the University of San Diego,
and the Claremont Colleges. Many people find San Diego an ideal place
for pursuing advanced
work in Women's Studies.
The department hosts a monthly Feminist Research Colloquium which provides a platform for discussion of ongoing research in Women's Studies scholarship. Offered each semester, the Colloquium brings together scholars from SDSU and visiting faculty from across the US and abroad. Guest lectures and conferences focusing on Women's Studies are also offered periodically at the University of San Diego (USD) and at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD).
Library at SDSU holds an extensive collection of books and journals
relevant to Women's Studies. The library receives a basic group of
periodicals in Women's Studies and subscribes to an extensive
collection of periodical indexes and abstracting services which provide
broad access to the body of periodical literature relating to Women's
Studies. A comprehensive interdisciplinary guide to Women's Studies
resources at SDSU including information on periodical holdings at UCSD
is also available. A cooperative acquisition agreement between SDSU and
UCSD offers students at SDSU a wide range of resources. Holdings in the
Special Collections at Love Library include records on the League of
Women Voters (1939-1988), the San Diego City Advisory Board on Women
(1972-1982) and the papers of Tish Sommers. The University Archives
house the records of the SDSU Women's Studies Department (1966-1990).
If you have any questions, please contact our Graduate Advisor, Professor Esther Rothblum (email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: (619) 594-6662.
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