The WGSS Department and the College of Law offer core courses that are requirements for the joint degree. These are completed in the first two years of study. In their last two years, joint degree students have a wide array of choices of courses in the WGSS Department and the College of Law that focus on issues of gender, sexuality, race and social justice. Students work with faculty to tailor their course choices to their particular plan of study.
WGSS Core Courses:
College of Law First-Year Courses:
Selected Elective Course Offerings:
For more specific information about the joint degree credit requirements click here.
Joint degree students also enhance their educational experiences in the “real world” in a variety of ways:
The J.D./M.A. program sponsors, hosts, and organizes a wide range of panels, lectures, film screenings, and forums in order to promote interdisciplinary engagement with issues surrounding gender and sexuality. In so doing, it seeks to engage students, scholars, and the community at large by promoting debate, research, and scholarship. Past conferences and symposia sponsored or co-sponsored by the J.D./M.A. program include:
Law students must complete 90 credit hours, with at least 77 credits resulting from classroom work. Joint degree candidates may finish both degrees in four years by applying a number of credits to both programs. Specifically, joint degree students may satisfy 8 law school classroom credit hours through the M.A. program, so only 82 additional credit hours are required; 69 of those must be classroom hours.
In addition to the general credit requirements, law students have an upper level writing requirement and a seminar requirement.