Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies in Arts and Letters
The college has a unique commitment to interdisciplinary studies that includes graduate degrees and certificates as well as an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
The M.A. in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies prepares students to think critically about the ways that gender interacts with politics, culture, ideologies, social structures and economics, historically and globally to shape the lives of women and men. Our courses explore gender and sexuality through experiences and standpoints rooted in diversity of intersecting factors, including class, race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, religion and age. Recent graduates of our programs have pursued careers in academia, social work, women’s health, family law, public policy, international human rights, legislative politics, family development, archival and library science, and nonprofit management.
Interdisciplinary Studies in Film and Culture
The Graduate Certificate in Film and Culture offers a flexible and diverse curricular framework for a multidisciplinary focus on film and culture across departmental and college boundaries. Taking into account the growing importance of the study of visual culture in many disciplinary terrains, the certificate provides graduate students an opportunity to add a field of specialization to their existing academic portfolios, or to prepare to write theses or dissertations that may reflect an engagement with the professional study of film and visual culture.
Comparative Studies Program
The Cultures, Languages and Literatures Track of the Ph.D. in Comparative Studies Program is designed as an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary course of study that enables doctoral students to develop expertise within traditional disciplines and across disciplinary and cultural boundaries. At the heart of our program is the recognition that cultures, languages and literatures are most fruitfully understood through comparative modes of analysis that include an ever-changing landscape of theory and methodologies. Primary areas of strength for this broadly based program include studies of literature and migration, rhetoric and composition, U.S. multiethnic literatures, early modern literatures, gender, sexuality and embodiment, modernity and postmodernity in literature, space and place in literature, and postcolonial literature and culture. The curriculum also draws from such disciplines as anthropology; art history; communication; history; peace studies; philosophy and religion; political science; sociology; and women, gender and sexuality studies.