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Women's Studies and Gender Studies

Masters Dual-Degree with Social Work

Loyola University Chicago is one of a very few institutions offering a dual degree in Social Work and Women's Studies and Gender Studies. Earning both an M.A. in Women's Studies and Gender Studies and an M.S.W. in Social Work together allows students to complete these degrees more quickly by taking courses that carry credit in both fields. This dual degree program enables women's studies students to utilize their course work in an applied setting and allows social work students to enhance their capacity to work with women in social work settings after graduation.

As with all dual degree programs, students interested in the dual degree in Social Work and Women's Studies and Gender Studies must apply to each school simultaneously and be admitted based on the criteria for admission to that school. The same criteria for admission will be applied to students who are pursuing a dual degree program as for all other students in each of the programs.

When students have been admitted to both schools, they may then apply to the dual degree program via the liaisons for each program. There are no separate admissions criteria for completing a dual degree program; however, there are course substitutions and logistics to be worked out with the liaisons. Students are encouraged to contact the liaisons from both schools at the time of admission. The proposed program presented below is based on a three-year program scenario. Although it is possible for a student to obtain both degrees in two years, the program can be extended as needed to three or four years, depending on a student's personal situation, special interests and on course offerings.

Below is an example of a three-year program; other options are available.

Master's in Social Work and Women's Studies and Gender Studies Three-Year Program
First Year
Summer Class Hours Fall Class Hours Spring Class Hours
SOWK elective
(3 credit hours)
SOWK 500:
Human Behavior in Soc. Env.
(3 credit hours)
SOWK 501:
Human Behavior in Soc. Env.
(3 credit hours)
SOWK elective
(3 credit hours)
SOWK 506:
Methods of SOWK Research
(3 credit hours)
SOWK 509: Policies/Strategies
(3 credit hours)
  SOWK 507:
Social Welfare and Social Work
(3 credit hours)
SOWK 606:
Practicum in Research
(3 credit hours)
  WSGS 401: History Feminist Thought
(3 credit hours)
WSGS 402: Intell./Instit. Foundations
(3 credit hours)
Total: 6 credit hrs Total: 12 credit hrs Total: 12 credit hrs
Second Year
Summer Class Hours Fall Class Hours Spring Class Hours
SOWK elective
(3 credit hours)
SWFI 530:
Field Instruction I
(1 cr. 2days a week)
SWFI 531:
Field Instruction
(1 cr. 2days a week)
SOWK elective
(3 credit hours)
SOWK 503:
Social Work w/ Indiv./Families
(3 credit hours)
SOWK 504:
Social Work w/ Indiv./Families
(3 credit hours)
  SOWK 502:
Ethnicity, Race and Culture:
(3 credit hours)
SOWK 505:
Social Work w/ Groups
(3 credit hours)
  WSGS elective
(3 credit hours)
WSGS 450: Global Feminism
(3 credit hours)
Total: 6 credit hrs Total: 10 credit hrs Total: 10 credit hrs
Third Year
Summer Class Hours Fall Class Hours Spring Class Hours
  SWFI 630:
Field Instruction
(2 cr. 3 days a week)
SWFI 631:
Field Instruction
(2 cr. 3 days a week)
  SOWK 619:
Issues in the Treatment of Women
(3 credit hours)
SOWK elective
(3 credit hours)
  SOWK 631:
Family Violence
(3 credit hours)
SOWK elective
(3 credit hours)
  WSGS elective
(3 credit hours)
WSGS elective
(3 credit hours)
Total: 0 hrs Total: 11 credit hrs Total: 11 credit hrs
 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

The required WSGS courses include WSGS 401, which surveys the historical development of feminist thought from Mary Wollstonecraft to second-wave feminism and analyzes the impact of feminism on the general culture.  WSGS 402 begins with a history of women's education in the United States and traces the institutional and intellectual development of women's studies as a field, focusing on the evolution of women's studies in the academy (here and in other countries) and on the changes in concepts of knowledge, in methodologies, and in pedagogy that women's studies scholarship has produced in various fields. WSGS 402 also introduces students to archival research using Loyola University's Women and Leadership Archives.   The third core requirement is a course that explores feminism in a global dimension; a number of different courses can satisfy this requirement.  In addition, students in the dual degree program are required to take three 3-credit WSGS electives.  Electives in the program that may be especially relevant to dual degree students include Principle Healthcare Ethics (Philosophy 471), Vulnerable Populations (Nursing 412), Feminist Theology and Spirituality (Institute/Pastoral St. 404), Sociology of Gender (Sociology 426), and Feminist Jurisprudence (Law 425), and several others.

Dual degree students must take all the required foundation social work courses. Students in this program could specialize in either the health and mental health or the children and families clusters. Students interested in the school of social work concentration could also participate in the dual degree program with some modifications to the plan outlined above related to required social work courses.

Second year electives for dual degree students include the following courses: Family Therapy (SOWK 612), Treatment of Women (SOWK 619), and Family Violence (SOWK 631). The two additional electives would enable students in the dual degree program to meet the requirements for the child and family cluster if they wish to pursue this area. Students interested in health can meet the requirements for this specialization by taking Health Policy and Systems (SOWK 602) instead of Social Policy and Practice (SOWK 610); in addition, one of their social work electives would need to be Clinical Social Work Practice in Health Care (SOWK 614).

Students in the dual degree program must complete two social work field placements, one each year, which are focused on women. This means that the placements must provide students with experience in modalities of treatment that are women focused and/or involve students in advocacy activities in areas of concern for women. While there are some agencies that clearly meet these criteria by virtue of their focus and service population (some are listed below), other agencies may be considered if at least 50% of the student's activities in these agencies meet the criteria listed above. All placements must be supervised by social workers with an M.S.W.

POSSIBLE FIELD PLACEMENTS AT WOMEN FOCUSED AGENCIES

MORE INFORMATION

For information about graduate programs in Women's Studies and Gender Studies, contact the Graduate Program Director Dr. Suzanne Bost at sbost@luc.edu To request materials or information online, please fill out this form.

For information on the M.S.W., contact the liaison for the dual degree with Women's Studies and Gender Studies or the Director of Admissions for the School of Social Work at (312) 915-7005, or visit the School of Social Work Website.

APPLICATION

To apply to a Women's Studies and Gender Studies graduate program, visit Graduate and Professional Education at Loyola or click here to apply online. Applicants for the dual M.S.W./M.A. degree should apply for admission to the programs using one application, indicating their intent to pursue the dual degree.

The MA program application requires three letters of recommendation, transcripts from all universities attended, a personal statement of purpose and a writing sample of five to twenty-five pages that includes citations and references, as well as the completed application form with application fee. Letters of reference from professors are preferred. The writing sample may be on any topic.

DEADLINE
The application for the Masters degree in Women's Studies and Gender Studies is due by:
Fall entry: June 1
Spring entry: November 1

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