Gateway Building

About the Graduate Emphasis (GFE) Program

The Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies offers a Graduate Feminist Emphasis (GFE), which is available to all graduate students at UC Irvine. Participating in the GFE provides students with advanced interdisciplinary training in Feminist Studies, and offers them an opportunity to become part of a network of feminist scholars at UCI and beyond. GFE students are subscribed in our email listserv, which features current job openings, fellowship information, and important news about our upcoming events. GFE students join a vibrant intellectual community, and they can take part in unique opportunities for professional training that complement the offerings of their home departments.

To begin the application process, graduate students must successfully complete either GSS200A or GSS200B before they will be considered for admission. Applicants should apply early in their academic career in order to best integrate the Feminist Emphasis with their Departmental plan of study, and must submit their application within the first quarter following their completion of either GSS200A or GSS200B. All required materials are listed on the application form.

GFE students are required to take four courses in Feminist Studies: two core courses, GSS 200A and GSS 200B, a coherent sequence normally taken in consecutive quarters; one elective graduate seminar in the Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies; and one additional graduate seminar in feminist scholarship taught outside the department and chosen from a list of courses approved by the Graduate Director of the GFE.
Please note that GSS290s do not count towards completion of the Graduate Feminist Emphasis. However, graduate students are welcome to contact faculty to set up a 290 for 1) dissertation writing guidance or 2) in depth research on a subject not currently offered as a class. Please click here to print the contract.

Please submit your completed application to the GFE Department Manager
Questions?  Please contact our Graduate Director.