I can has Women’s Studies?

Dear Radfems,

Who can recommend a good Women’s Studies Ph.D. program in the U.S. or Canada? And, just as importantly, who can suggest which to avoid?

Love,

P.

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30 thoughts on “I can has Women’s Studies?

  1. Assuming that you’re asking for yourself, my first reaction is to wonder what you feel you would gain from it considering the cost of such an undertaking.

    Do you want to start a foundation or teach at University? Because it’s no secret that I’m not (and really never have been) a big fan of academia-at-large, but I am also entirely pragmatic about such things. πŸ™‚

  2. Agreed, Sargasso Sea. School costs money, and takes a lot of time. Plus it is very hard to get an academic job (I went to grad school for philosophy and got out “in time” with a masters degree- many people spend so much money and come out the other side no closer to having a job.)

    I say stick with reading radfem books and articles- it’s way cheaper.

    But in any case, good luck with what you decide to do :).

    And yes, Lily, great idea!

  3. Oh, how I wish. What I’m worried about – besides the cost and the time commitment – is the possibility that most programs have switched their focus from women to trans/genderqueer.

  4. It’s my hometown, I had to throw it out there – they have an excellent program. I took my undergrad in social work there and wish I would have minored in women’s studies, but my cousin did and absolutely loved it. AND, the campus is beautiful.

    http://womenstudies.wisc.edu/

    I am in love with learning, so I absolutely understand your want to go back to school. I think the money is worth it, and that is Ms. Loans talkin over here… lol.. It’s worth it.

    Good luck with your search, hope you find something you like.

  5. What about the program at ASU? I know it’s “women’s & gender studies,” but I don’t know if that means anything. I was taught by one of the women who’s a prof there many years ago — lessons that stuck with me … until today. http://wgs.asu.edu/

  6. Right, so in that case just do it on your own along with the rest of us! We are the smartest bunch of self-educated creatures I have ever encountered. And we ROCK!

    I’ve spent… wow, thousands of hours over the past 5 years or so reading and thinking (and learning? how best to express myself in writing most recently) and, you know, I’m getting to the place where I could pretty easily pass as *knowing my shit* in almost any venue. πŸ™‚

    Although, as a newly minted Wisconsinite I do have to say that Madison is quite lovely especially if you fancy a four-season environment…Hi, Almost Clever!

  7. My experience in WMST has been terrible, whether at community college or a 4-year school. Sometimes we read radical material but it’s always put down. I do know some radical feminist profs, but they teach in other areas–sociology, poly sci, communications. I’d count you fortunate if you can find one radical feminist prof. in the WMST department. Very fortunate.

    Sorry, I’m in a downer mood today. πŸ˜›

  8. I’m an undergrad in Women’s Studies at Ohio State University and the place is chock full of fun-fems. The ONE radfem that I knew graduated with a masters this past spring. She said that she was really turned off of seeking a PhD because of her classmates funfem ways.

  9. Smash, you’re right — it is unbelievably expensive, and a lot of Ph.Ds seem to regret it afterwards when it comes time to pay back those student loans. So I don’t know. But oh, how I love the idea of it.

  10. Goddess, Smith has always been my dream school. Didn’t make it there for undergrad, and won’t make it there for any grad programs I do. It *is* expensive and I’ve also heard the women attending the school are basically all very, very fun-fem/trans, etc. But that’s how it is all other the place. I’m sure you can find some nice, more open minded women there as well.

  11. I’m an undergrad at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and while UNT has a minor in WMST at the undergrad level and a master’s program, rumor has it that Texas Women’s University, also located in Denton, has the best WMST department in the Southwest US. They offer both MA and PhD programs. I would avoid the UNT program, though, because it’s full of libfems. I’ve just stumbled upon radfem, but I identify and agree with it much more than libfem.

    Hope this was at least a bit helpful.

    http://www.twu.edu/ws/phd-program.asp

  12. Denton is pretty outstanding. I actually live about 20 minutes away and commute, but Denton is more liberal than surrounding towns/cities and a bit less liberal than Austin. As far as I understand it, living costs are reasonable, but then everyone I know lives with room mates. Music is always good, and it’s a town with two universities and numerous community colleges, so it’s pretty much running day and night.

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