The secondary field in studies of women, gender, and sexuality has two purposes:
- to help qualify students for employment relating to studies of women, gender, and sexuality
- to help graduate students to form productive and lasting scholarly communities
Secondary field candidates complete four graduate-level courses in the studies of WGS, compose an article-length paper suitable for publication, and serve one semester as a salaried Teaching Fellow in a course offered by WGS faculty.
Full details about requirements are available on the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences' website. Students with questions about the Secondary Field may contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Alice Jardine.
Completing the Secondary Field
GSAS students who are planning to graduate with a secondary field in WGS may submit a completed and signed Ph.D. Secondary Field Application to the Office of the Registrar by the same date they file the application for their degree. There are no exceptions to this deadline. Please consult the Registrar's calendar for the deadline. Visit the GSAS website's Secondary Field Instructions and Application page for more information on graduate filing procedures and to download a PDF of the Secondary Field Application form.
To complete your form, you will need the signature of WGS’s Director of Graduate Studies, Alice Jardine. Please email her to make an appointment during her office hours or another time. To this appointment, you will need to bring the completed application form along with an updated copy of your CV and a copy of the paper or dissertation chapter you are using to fulfill the requirement to write an article-length paper suitable for publication.
NOTE: Students from outside GSAS should contact their own school’s Registrar to determine if they are subject to different deadlines/requirements.