"I love the focus on leadership. The programs are giving me a new lens for looking at organizations: how diverse people work together, how organizations fit into communities, and how we can better reach those communities. I'm thinking about issues of gender and culture in a while different way and learning to blend theory and practice to help motivate people to work toward change."
—Shauna Rigaud '13 M.A. Gender/Cultural Studies/M.S. Communications Management; B.A. University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Coordinator, South End/Lower Roxbury Youth to Workers Alliance, Boston, MA
Gender/Cultural Studies and Teaching (M.A./MAT)
This 64-credit program leads to a Master of Arts in Gender/Cultural Studies, plus a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT). Students work simultaneously toward both degrees and, upon successful completion of the program, are certified as elementary, middle, or high school teachers. Graduates are well positioned for leadership roles as department heads, lead teachers, or curriculum coordinators.
Gender/Cultural Studies and Management (M.A./M.S.)
This unique dual degree program combines the intellectual rigor of gender studies and cultural theory with the strategic thinking and practitioner approach of management. Responding to a constantly changing professional culture and the increasing number of corporations working to broaden their definitions of diversity, this program incorporates issues including cultural diversity, gender equality, and effective communication strategies, while focusing on management, cultural theory, diversity, gender politics, and the marketplace. Career options for graduates of this program include positions in diversity consulting, human resources, employee communications, advocacy organizations, and more.
Students in the GCS/MSM dual degree program will be asked to complete 55 total credits of coursework. 27 credits will be completed in the MSM program, 24 credits in the GCS program, and 4 credits will be a capstone
project that integrates the two fields of study. Additionally, students will specialize in one of the following areas of study: Non-Profit Management, Communications Management, or General Management.