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Critical Gender Studies

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Social Science Building, Room 201
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Graduate Specialization in Critical Gender Studies

The Critical Gender Studies Program is built on the intellectual foundations of intersectional feminist thought and queer studies, and incorporates the interdisciplinary methodologies, intersectional frameworks, and transformational epistemologies central to contemporary gender and sexuality studies. The graduate specialization in critical gender studies provides specialized training in gender and sexuality for students currently enrolled in a UC San Diego doctoral program. Through advanced course work in critical gender studies and its affiliated departments, graduate students in the specialization develop an understanding of gender as necessarily linked to other social formations, including sexuality, race, nation, religion, (dis)ability, and structures of capital. At the same time, doctoral students engaging gender and sexuality studies have the opportunity to develop their work among peers who take up similar questions in their scholarship.


The graduate specialization in critical gender studies is only available to students currently enrolled in a doctoral program at UC San Diego. The specialization operates in partnership with eleven departments in the School of Arts and Humanities and the School of Social Sciences: anthropology, communication, education studies, ethnic studies, history, literature, music, psychology, sociology, theatre and dance, and visual arts. Doctoral students in these departments may apply for the specialization. The program encourages applications from graduate students in participating departments whose work takes up questions of gender.


Admitted students are required to complete five courses, and to include at least one member of their dissertation committee from the list of CGS core or affiliate faculty. Course work for the specialization consists of two core courses and three electives. The core courses are CGS 200. Advanced Studies in Critical Gender Studies, to be taken shortly after acceptance into the specialization, and CGS 299. Practicum in Critical Gender Studies, to be taken in the student’s final two years of dissertation writing. Electives may be selected from a list of preapproved seminars in participating departments.