M.A. in Women and Gender Studies
The M.A. degree in Women and Gender Studies, the first of its kind in Lebanon, is a testimony to LAU’s legacy as the first women’s college in the region and founder of the first institute for women’s studies in the Arab world. It is an expression of the university’s commitment to justice, parity, and gender equity. The M.A. degree we are offering is interdisciplinary in nature seeking to prepare graduates for professional employment and further higher studies. Such a degree integrates gender, class, race, religion, culture, ethnicity, and sexualities and enables students to generate interdisciplinary and quality research in the field of women and gender.
The M.A. degree in Women and Gender Studies is vital not solely to the production of knowledge about women’s lives and status globally, but also as a platform to address women’s problems within the contemporary cultural, social, and political environment and challenge professed wrongs and abuses through academic research and intellectual rigor. Our program will meet your needs and place you at the forefront of scholarship and career development through intellectual endeavors as well as social activism.
Graduates of the M.A. Program in Women and Gender Studies can pursue several career options where they can:
Assume leadership positions in national, regional, and international agencies operating in the field of human rights, education, migration, diplomacy, and conflict resolution.
Work as consultants for international development agencies, UN agencies, human rights organizations, local non-governmental organizations, as well as governmental organizations, and ministries.
- Acquire expertise in gender, race, sexuality, and class relations, which are areas in demand in a number of fields and professions.
Graduate students in Women and Gender Studies should complete 30 credit hours of coursework or a total of 8 courses (24 cr.) and a thesis (6cr.) to acquire the degree. Five out of the 8 courses are core, required courses, and 3 are elective courses to be selected from other graduate programs in the humanities, social sciences, education, or business. Full-time students are expected to complete their requirements in two years.
A. Fifteen credits of core courses:
- WGST 760 Research Methods in Studies of Women & Gender (3cr.)
- WGST 730 Theories of Gender and Global Feminism (3cr.)
- WGST 732 Arab and Islamic Feminisms (history and theory) (3cr.)
- WGST 725 Gender and Public Policy (3cr.)
- WGST 780 Internship (in local, regional, or International NGO working on women’s issues in the Middle East)(3cr.)
B. Nine credits of coursework to be chosen from the following courses:
- WGST 744 Topics in Women and Gender Studies (3cr.)
- WGST 815 Gender and Migration (3cr.)
- INA 814 Topics in Middle East International Relations (3cr.)
- CLT 880 or CLT 830 Graduate Seminar in Comparative Literature or Masculine Identity in Modern Arab Literature of the Near East (3cr.)
- INA 813 Topics in International Relations (3cr.)
C. A six-credit master’s thesis: (WGST 799)
Students must complete a thesis according to university regulations. Before commencing work on the thesis, the student must present a thesis proposal for approval by three faculty members. The thesis proposal should comprise a research question, a set of hypotheses, bibliography of the references used, and an outline of the research method that will be adopted.
This program requires 30 credits, which can be completed in two years.
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