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Master of Arts Degree Programs

The university offers a variety of interdisciplinary curricula to meet the growing need and interest in work beyond collegiate division. The following graduate programs are under the supervision and jurisdiction of several committees, departments, or colleges as indicated. The programs include:

Graduate Majors (M.A.)

Major in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development

The M.A. program in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development is designed for individuals who have experience in the philanthropy and/or nonprofit areas. The degree will be offered through the Division of Continuing Education with extensive use of distance education technologies. The program is designed to offer professionals the opportunity to continue their study, advancing their knowledge while earning graduate credit in course work targeted toward the following objectives:

  1. to develop and enhance professionals’ skills and knowledge in the fundraising and nonprofit sectors;
  2. to further students’ understanding of ethical policy and legal issues as they relate to philanthropy and nonprofit development;
  3. to advance students’ knowledge of scholarly research, theories and models in the area of nonprofit organizational development, donor relations, grant writing, corporate/foundation relations, advocacy, public funding, and evaluation/accountability; and
  4. to enhance students’ mastery of skills in the aforementioned areas.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study, which includes transcripts of undergraduate and graduate credits, and have three letters of recommendation sent to the Office of Admissions. Interested students should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the program director for any other application requirements. It is expected that students will have experience in the field prior to admission. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

This major is available on the non-thesis option only. A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate course work is required. A minimum of 21 hours of 200/6000-level course work, including 3 hours of LYHS 6299 (430:299) is required . Of these 30 hours, 26 semester hours are prescribed below. The remaining 4 hours require research project/readings work, arranged through the program director.

Required
Management:
MGMT 6260 (150:262)Strategic Management of Human Resources3
MGMT 6286 (150:286) "Studies In", 1 hour1
Psychology:
PSYCH 6005 (400:254)Psychology, Law and Philanthropy2
Leisure, Youth and Human Services:
LYHS 6203 (430:248)Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development: An Overview3
LYHS 6410 (430:220)Evaluation, Research and Accountability3
LYHS 6420 (430:249)Trends and Issues in Philanthropy/Nonprofit Development3
LYHS 6408 (430:251)Financial Decision Making for Youth/Human Service Agencies3
Communication Studies:
COMM PR 4855/5855 (48P:182g)Public Relations Campaign Methods3
Languages and Literatures:
ENGLISH 4770/5770 (620:104g)Applied Writing: Proposals and Grants3
Public Policy:
PUBPOL 6220 (950:220)Public Policy, Advocacy and Public Funding2
Leisure, Youth and Human Services:
LYHS 6285 (430:285)Readings1
LYHS 6299 (430:299)Research3
Total Hours30

 

Major in Women's and Gender Studies

The M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies is interdisciplinary in nature and is under the jurisdiction of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Students interested in this program must submit a completed Application for Admission to Graduate Study and should refer to their MyUNIverse Student Center To-Do list or contact the Director of Women's and Gender Studies for any other application requirements. Graduate information and application for graduate admission can be found at www.grad.uni.edu/admission.

Admission to the program is competitive. Detailed information on admission requirements and procedures may be obtained from the Women's and Gender Studies office.

The Graduate Record Examination (General Test) is not required for admission to the program
The Women’s and Gender Studies curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students who strive for analytic clarity and rigor in gender-focused research. Students may employ the skills in reflective and critical analysis as well as the broad base of knowledge that they obtain in the program to

  1. prepare for a Ph.D. program with a disciplinary or interdisciplinary focus on gender or,
  2. prepare for a career in the public or private sector in the areas of gender and wellness, gender and violence prevention, or another area based on student interest or,
  3. satisfy strong intellectual interests and curiosity while pursuing advanced education in the liberal arts.

Through core courses and selected electives, students enrolled in the Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies will accomplish several objectives: examine theories concerning the social and historical constructions of gender; explore how gender defines relationships among women, among men, and between men and women; recognize that women's lives have been under-represented in traditional disciplines and investigate previously neglected materials in order to identify women's as well as men's roles in cultural or social endeavors; study, compare, and evaluate an array of disciplinary perspectives on gender, including, but not limited to, cross-cultural, economic, sociological, historical, and literary perspectives; identify intersections of gender with race, class, age, sexual identity, and ethnicity, both locally and globally, both in the present and in the past; and employ new methodological and critical approaches to materials customarily treated in other ways, revising the content and assumptions of particular disciplines to address gender and related issues more effectively.

Only graduate courses (course numbers 5000 or above) will apply to a graduate degree, even if the undergraduate course number (4999 or less) is listed. No exceptions will be made.

The M.A. in Women's and Gender Studies has 2 tracks: thesis and applied (non-thesis). The thesis track requires a minimum of 31 semester hours of study; the non-thesis applied track requires a minimum of 32 hours; 15 hours of 6000-level course work, including 6 hours of WGS 6299 is required for the thesis option; 12 hours of 6000-level course work is required for the applied option. Additional non-program hours may be required if courses on a student’s program of study have prerequisites which instructors choose not to waive.

Successful completion of a written comprehensive examination is required for both tracks.  The Applied Track also requires a culminating project supervised by 2 WGS faculty members. The project may take a wide variety of forms, but it should meet the following 3 requirements: 1) shows evidence of theoretically informed and self-reflexive praxis; 2) shows evidence of knowledge and research skills appropriate to the project; and 3) is related to the student’s focus area.

Common core (13 hours – required for all students):
Required (4 Hours)4
Graduate Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: Comparative Feminist Theories
Graduate Proseminar in Women's and Gender Studies
Feminist Theories in the Social Sciences and Humanities (3 hours)3
Select one of the following:
Feminist Literary Theories and Practice
Feminist Theories in the Social Sciences
Gender Issues in Communication
History (3 Hours)3
United States Women's History
Modern European Women's History
Research Methodology (3 Hours)3
In consultation with and approval of thesis advisor, one course from the following or other course approved by the thesis advisor or program director:
Communication Research Methodology
Images of Women in Literature
Literary Criticism
Introduction to Graduate Study in English
Historical Methods
Research Design
Qualitative Research
Qualitative Research
Quantitative Methods in KAHHS
Qualitative Methods
Evaluation, Research and Accountability
Total Hours13
Thesis Track
Common Core13
WGS 6299 Research Women's and Gender Studies6
Electives related to Thesis Topic 112
Total Hours31

1 With the approval of the thesis advisor, the student individually designs an elective sequence, selecting courses from the humanities, fine arts, social and natural sciences that best contribute to the student’s thesis project.

Applied Track
Common Core13
WGS 6195Graduate Internship in Women's and Gender Studies4
LYHS 6406 (430:253)Fundraising and Grant Seeking for Nonprofit Agencies3
Electives in Focus Area12
Total Hours32
Focus Areas:
1) Gender and Wellness
Required (choose one course from the following): 3
Introduction to Women's Health
Selected Topics in Women's Health
Electives (choose 9 hours from the following):9
Introduction to Women's Health
Selected Topics in Women's Health
Global Service Mission
Cultural Competency for the Helping Professions
Minority Health
Public Health Theory
Planning and Evaluating Health Promotion Programs
Health Promotion Implementation and Advocacy
International Health
2) Gender and Violence Prevention
Choose 12 hours from the following:12
Violence in Intimate Relationships
Performance and Social Change
Gender Issues in Communication
Men and Masculinities
Victimology
Women, Crime and Society
WGS 6297 Practicum Women and Gender Studies
3) Individualized (tailored to student interests, with permission of advisor)12

A Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies is also available. For requirements go to www.uni.edu/interdisciplinarymajorsandminors/programcertificates or in PDF copy go to the "Interdisciplinary" section.

For more information contact the Women's and Gender Studies office, Sabin 225, 319-273-7102, or www.uni.edu/womenstudies.

Philanthropy and Nonprofit Development (Interdisciplinary), M.A.

1. Students can effectively communicate philanthropy and nonprofit specific knowledge through written communication.

SLO 1.Demonstrates a thorough understanding of context, audience, and purpose of communication in philanthropy and nonprofit development.

SLO 2.Uses appropriate, relevant, and compelling philanthropy and nonprofit related content.

SLO 3.Demonstrates attention to, and successful execution of organization, presentation of relevant content, formatting, and stylistic choice.

SLO 4.Demonstrates skillful and mastery use of high-quality, credible, relevant sources.

SLO 5.Uses discipline related and highly relevant language that skillfully communicates meaning to readers with clarity and fluency, and is error-free.

2. Students will be able to systematically process a nonprofit and philanthropic issue and analyze evidence.

SLO 1. Synthesizes in- depth information from relevant sources representing various points of view/approaches.

SLO 2. Skillfully develop the methodology or theoretical framework.

SLO 3. Organize and synthesize evidence to reveal insightful patterns, differences, or similarities related to the topic.

SLO 4. State a conclusion that is based on a logical extrapolation from the inquiry findings.

SLO 5. Insightfully discuss in details relevant and supported limitations and implications.

Women’s and Gender Studies M.A.

Goal 1: Methodology. Students will demonstrate graduate-level proficiency in research methods appropriate for a culminating project, such as a graduate-level thesis or internship research paper.

Outcome 1a (Thesis Track): Students will demonstrate graduate-level proficiency in research methods appropriate for a graduate-level thesis, which should clearly exhibit comprehension, application, and evaluation of feminist methodology appropriate to the study of women and gender.

Outcome 1b (Applied Track): Students will demonstrate graduate-level proficiency in research methods appropriate for a graduate-level internship and research paper, which should exhibit comprehension, application, and evaluation of feminist methodology appropriate to the study of women and gender.

Goal 2: Apply Research and Theory. Students will apply a broad knowledge of the interdisciplinary field of women’s and gender studies. They will demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of feminist theory and research within a larger cultural discourse of intersectionality, global awareness, and social inequality. A culminating written project will adhere to graduate college and disciplinary standards.

Outcome 2a (Thesis track): Students will be able to research and write a master’s thesis that makes an original, evidence-based contribution to the field. Students will be able to synthesize theory, previous scholarship, and original research and will communicate the significance of their findings.

Outcome 2b (Applied Track): Students will be able to research and design an internship project grounded in the four theoretical Threshold Concepts (Social Construction of Gender; Privilege and Oppression; Intersectionality; and Feminist Praxis). They will summarize relevant literature and apply it to and evaluation of the project’s results. They will produce graduate-level writing communicating the significance of their findings.

Goal 3: Engage Reflectively. Students will be engaged and active citizens, capable of communicating the significance of feminism and gender studies in both personal and community contexts and evaluating links between academic inquiry and civic engagement.

Outcome 3. Students will be able to summarize and reflect on their development as activists in relation to their academic inquiry and experiences in civic engagement.