Designated Emphasis

DESIGNATED EMPHASIS IN WOMEN, GENDER AND SEXUALITY (DEWGS)

The Designated Emphasis program was developed to accommodate some of the many students who conduct graduate-level research in gender and/or sexuality related topics. Administered by the Department of Gender & Women's Studies and its affiliated faculty, the DEWGS provides its students with certification as well as with a context for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and development of research.

Applicants will be selected according to their academic qualifications, the appropriateness of their interests to the program's teaching resources, and the enrollment capacity of its graduate seminars. To be admitted to the program, applicants must already be accepted into an existing Ph.D. program at UC Berkeley (master’s students and students at other institutions are not eligible). Graduate students should apply in their third semester for admission to the program in their fourth semester. Students must apply before completing their qualifying examinations.

Students admitted to the Designated Emphasis program should enroll in the required introductory seminar (GWS 200) offered the following spring if possible, and must complete that seminar before taking their qualifying exams. Students must fulfill the following requirements before completion of the degree: The introductory seminar (GWS 200), a 200 level elective seminar taught in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies (or an approved substitute taught by a member of the affiliated faculty), and a dissertation research seminar (GWS 220). A member of the GWS department or its affiliated faculty must be on the qualifying examination committee; a topic on women, gender, and sexuality must be on the qualifying examination, and a member of the GWS department or its affiliated faculty must be on the dissertation committee.

DEWGS Requirements

  • GWS 200 - Theory and Critical Research
  • GWS 220 - Dissertation Research Seminar
  • Elective seminar - A 200 level seminar in the Department of Gender & Women's Studies.
Note: Students may petition the DEWGS Director to use a gender- or sexuality-focused graduate course taught outside GWS to fulfill the elective requirement. That request must include a copy of the course syllabus and a cover letter indicating how that course was directly related to your studies in DEWGS (assigned readings, research focus, or paper completed). GWS 200 and 220 can not be substituted by other classes.
  • Graduation Information
    1. Contact the fcazares [at] berkeley [dot] edu (GWS Graduate Student Affairs Office) (GSAO) early in the semester you are scheduled to graduate to review the completion of the DE program requirements.
    2. Complete the DE Final Report
    3. Please fcazares [at] berkeley [dot] edu (inform the GSAO) if you will be attending the Gender and Women's Studies Commencement Ceremonies in May.
    4. Submit name of your home department, title of your dissertation, and a permanent address to the GSAO.
  • Upon completion of these requirements and the dissertation, the student will receive a designation on their transcript and their diploma to state that they have completed a "Ph.D. in (...) with an Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality." The GWS department also provides each DE graduate with a DEWGS medal at the GWS commencement ceremonies.

Required Forms

DEWGS Graduate Student Affairs Officer
Latonya Minor
518 Barrows Hall
msminor [at] berkeley [dot] edu
642-6643

DEWGS Faculty Advisor
Leslie Salzinger

Associate Professor and Vice Chair for Pedagogy
616 Barrows Hall
lsalzinger [at] berkeley [dot] edu

Materials should include 4 copies of the following:

  • a one page statement of purpose which includes: your academic training in the field of Gender/Sexuality Studies, a short description of your dissertation project, and your stated interest in the DE
  • one letter of recommendation from your home department faculty indicating readiness to complete the DE requirements (letter can be mailed under separate cover or emailed)
  • a gender/sexuality relevant writing sample (25 pages or less)
  • a Curriculum Vitae
  • an (unofficial) Berkeley transcript

Deadline for Spring admission: September 30
(If September 30 falls on a weekend, please submit materials the following Monday.)

Send all application materials to:

Director
DEWGS
c/o Gender & Women's Studies Department
608 Barrows Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-1070

Students admitted to the DEWGS Program can apply for stipends to support research and activities related to their participation in the program. Awards are made available once a year in the Fall. The total budget for graduate student stipends varies each year; individual awards can be up to $500. Each DE student is eligible for up to two stipends over the course of their career at Berkeley.

Purpose of the Stipends: The stipends are intended to provide a source of funding for students in the DEWGS to engage in DEWGS-related activities or to pursue DEWGS scholarship. As such, it is for projects that are outside of the normal range of your home department activities. Examples would be: travel to conferences or workshops that focus on gender or sexuality; travel to an archive or field work site for the purpose of engaging in gender or sexuality-related scholarship; purchase of primary research materials that are necessary for your gender-related project and are not readily available on campus. Deadline to Apply: September 30 (If September 30 falls on the weekend, please submit materials the following Monday.)

Application Procedure: Download the application (docx file) and forward the completed form to:

DEWGS Graduate Student Affairs Officer
Latonya Minor
msminor [at] berkeley [dot] edu

You do not need letters of recommendation.

(please note: you will need to download and save a blank copy of the application to your computer before filling it out)

Evaluation Criteria: The Executive Committee of the DEWGS will meet shortly after each deadline to decide which applications to fund. Evaluation will be based on the following considerations:

  1. Does the student have a well-defined use for the stipend, and has the student documented the specific costs involved?
  2. Does the student have a previous history of DEWGS funding, and if so in what amount? Students who have never received funding will be given the highest priority and no one can receive a stipend more than twice.
  3. Has the student exhausted other avenues of funding including their home department and Graduate Division?
  4. Would the funds contribute to the student's intellectual growth and / or professionalization in DEWGS scholarship?
  5. Is the project clearly a DEWGS related project which would not be likely to be funded elsewhere?

Receiving Your Award: You will be notified by email immediately after the committee has met as to whether you received a stipend or not. In the event that your application was successful, you will be given instructions on how to receive your stipend. If your application was not successful, your message will contain an indication of why it did not succeed.