Graduate Schools Unite on Women's Studies

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RADCLIFFE College and six other colleges and universities in the Boston area are uniting to advance the field of women's studies.

In January, the seven institutions started a graduate consortium in women's studies. Based at Radcliffe in Cambridge, Mass., the consortium offers team-taught courses to doctoral students from Boston College, Brandeis University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, and Tufts University.

Interdisciplinary courses in the consortium will "provide training for future faculty members who otherwise would not have the benefit of the cross-disciplinary treatment, nor would they have the network of other faculty and other students," says Radcliffe President Linda Wilson.

Consortiums in women's studies at the undergraduate level are fairly common, particularly among small private colleges that share courses or speakers, says Caryn McTighe Musil, a senior research associate for the Association of American Colleges in Washington. But Ms. Musil sees a demand for growth in graduate-level programs. …