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Master of Social Sciences Program

Women's and Gender Studies Track


English and WGST Program Director: Dr. Gillian Silverman

MH Director: Dr. Margaret Woodhull

MSS Director: Dr. Omar Swartz

Political Science: Dr. Jana Everett

History: Dr. Marjorie Levine-Clark

Visual Arts: Dr. Maria Buszek


The Women’s and Gender Studies Track (WGST) is earned within either the Master of Humanities or the Master of Social Science degree, interdisciplinary Master degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. Women’s and Gender Studies are based in feminist theory, queer theory, post-colonial and ethnic studies, and a variety of social sciences and cultural studies. Students pursuing the WGST track, focus on issues of sex and gender as they manifest in societies through culture, language, politics, visual representation, and history. They take course work in social theory, feminist theory, and gender studies emphasizing critical thinking about the condition of women and the role of gender in both historical and in contemporary experience. Students will take 9 hours of required courses work for either the Humanities or Social Science general degree plan. They then pursue focused coursework and track requirements as outlined below. ​

MSS Core Program Requirements (9 credit hours):

  • SSC 5013 Philosophical Problems in the Social Sciences and Humanities
  • SSC 5020 Elements of Social Thought
  • SSC 5023 Research Perspectives in the Social Sciences

WGST Track Requirements:

WGST Track Requirements In addition to the program’s core required courses, the following are required

  • ​​Complete one WGST Theory course,
  • SSCI/HUMN/WGST 6010: Feminism and Gender Theory Seminar: Methods and Theories of Feminism and Gender Studies, SSCI 6010: (3 credit hours) 
  • PHIL/WGST 5500 Feminist Philosophy
  • ENGL/HIST 5306: Survey of Feminist Thought
  • A minimum of 12-credit hours of WGST-related graduate course work (this may include the option of a WGST-related internship), and 
  • Complete a final project or thesis on a WGST topic

Suggested Elective Courses for the Track

Below is a list of pre-approved courses for the track. Be aware that it is not comprehensive and that departments change their offerings regularly. Always check with the department to see when a given course might be scheduled. 
  • ANTH 5200 Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective
  • COMM 5020 Feminist Perspectives on Communication
  • COMM 5045 Female Male Friendships
  • COMM 5265 Gender and Communication
  • ENGL/HIST 5306 Survey of Feminist Thought
  • ENGL 5000 Study of Major Authors (when the author is a female or author or related) 
  • ETST 4555 International Women’s Resistance
  • ETST 4827/PSCI 4827 Women and the Law
  • HIST/WGST 5303 Sex and Gender in Modern Britain
  • HIST/WGST 5307 History of Sexuality
  • HUMN/SSCI/WGST 5720 Sexuality, Gender, and Visual Representation
  • HUMN/SSCI 5770 Imperialism, Postcolonial Theory, and Visual Discourse
  • PSCI 4215 Women’s Rights, Human Rights: Global Perspectives
  • PSCI 4564 Gender and Politics
  • PSCI 5555 International Women’s Resistance
  • PSCI 5245 Gender and International Development
  • PUBL 5910 Nature and Scope of Interpersonal Violence
  • PUBL 5930 Interpersonal Violence Law and Policy
  • PHIL/WGST 5500 Feminist Philosophy
  • PHIL 5308 Contemporary Feminist Thought 
  • SOCY 5550 Seminar: Sociology of the Family
  • WGST 5230 Women in the West
  • WGST 5248 Gender, Globalization and Development
  • WGST 5306 Survey of Feminist Thought
  • WGST 5345 Gender, Science and Medicine: 1600 to the Present
  • WGST 5420 Goddess Traditions
  • WGST 5510 Whores and Saints: Medieval Women
  • WGST 5511 French Women Writers 



Optional Women’s and Gender Studies Internship (Optional 3 credit hours maximum)

Work in the community that concerns gender issues, on a paid or volunteer basis, supplemented with written work reflecting on the scholarly aspects of the experience under the supervision of a faculty member.

Thesis or Project on a Women’s- and/or Gender Studies-Related Topic (3-6 credit hours)

Research project or thesis under the supervision of a three-member faculty committee. See program requirements for details.

For more information about this track and the Master of Social Science program, contact the director or assistant director at: E-mail: