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Women’s and Gender Studies

  • Master of Arts

Facilities For Graduate Work

The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, which administers the master’s degree program in women’s and gender studies, is a campus-wide interdisciplinary program with almost three hundred affiliated faculty members from almost all colleges and schools. The center hosts a major lecture series or scholarly conference each year and its annual Emerging Scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies Conference in which graduate and undergraduate students present their work.

The University offers several unique resources for interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research in women’s and gender studies. The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center includes celebrated rare book and manuscript collections in American and modern literature; the Gernsheim Collection, one of the world’s largest archives of photographs, negatives, and books related to the history of photography; the Performing Arts Collection, with materials related to the theatre, movies, vaudeville, the circus, and the history of magic; and the New York Journal-American photographic archive. The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection is one of the world’s great archives of materials about and from Latin America, and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History contains the early archives of Texas, the largest collection now extant of historical manuscripts dealing with Texas, and an extensive collection of rare and scarce books, pamphlets, and broadsides related to Texas and Southwestern history. The University’s rich archival collections include manuscripts of the Austin Women’s Suffrage Association; the Ima Hogg Papers; the Natchez Trace Collection; oral history collections, including the Voices of American Homemakers Collection and Today’s Pioneer Women Oral Histories; and numerous collections of manuscripts and materials related to important women writers, artists, and activists. The University Libraries also houses microfilm sets of such notables as Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Sanger, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Additional information about women’s studies holdings can be found at the University Libraries Web site.

Convenient to the University are other research facilities, including the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, the Texas State Library and Archives, the United Daughters of the Confederacy Library, the Catholic Archives of Texas, the Archives of the Episcopal Church, and the Republic of Texas Museum.

Areas of Study

Women’s and gender studies comprises research or creative work that raises new questions, formulates theories, or carries out empirical investigations that further understanding of science, social science, history, the humanities and arts, education, public and social policy, and paradigms of knowledge in applied and professional fields in such a way that women and gender systems are brought to the center of scholarship. Students pursue disciplinary and interdisciplinary research or creative work that prepares them for research or professional careers in which knowledge about women and gender is crucial. The master’s degree in women’s and gender studies is excellent preparation for further training in public policy, social work, health care, education, the arts, technology, and business. It also prepares graduates to pursue doctoral work in a traditional discipline or in women’s and gender studies at another institution.

Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2008–2009.

  • Jemel P. Aguilar
  • Kamran Asdar Ali
  • Samer Ali
  • Kimberly A. Alidio
  • Jacqueline L. Angel
  • Katherine M. Arens
  • Marilyn P. Armour
  • Germine H. Awad
  • Phillip Barrish
  • Kirsten Belgum
  • Rebecca Bigler
  • Daniel A. Bonevac
  • Pascale R. Bos
  • Keffrelyn D. Brown
  • Simone A. Browne
  • Cynthia J. Buckley
  • Noel B. Busch
  • Charlotte Canning
  • Benjamin Carrington
  • Mia E. Carter
  • Lisa J. Cary
  • Shannon E. Cavanagh
  • Dana L. Cloud
  • Judith G. Coffin
  • David F. Crew
  • Elizabeth Butler Cullingford
  • Ann Luja Cvetkovich
  • Janet M. Davis
  • Mercedes Lynn de Uriarte
  • Andrew F. Dell’Antonio
  • Héctor Domínguez-Ruvalcaba
  • Philip Doty
  • Carolyn Eastman
  • Elizabeth Engelhardt
  • Jennifer Fuller
  • Laura Furman
  • Dorie J. Gilbert
  • Tiffany M. Gill
  • Gloria González-López
  • Darlene Grant
  • Benjamin Gregg
  • Daniel S. Hamermesh
  • Barbara Jane Harlow
  • Tracie Harrison
  • Mark D. Hayward
  • Elizabeth A. Hedrick
  • Kurt Heinzelman
  • Susan Heinzelman
  • Geraldine Heng
  • Kathleen M. Higgins
  • Neville W. Hoad
  • Carole K. Holahan
  • Juliet Hooker
  • Thomas K. Hubbard
  • Aletha C. Huston
  • Ted L. Huston
  • Eun-Ok Im
  • Bob Jensen
  • Joni L. Jones
  • Mary C. Kearney
  • Su Yeong Kim
  • Sara E. Kimball
  • Nhi T. Lieu
  • Carol Hanbery MacKay
  • Michael S. Mackert
  • Jill A. Marshall
  • Julia L. Mickenberg
  • Gail Minault
  • Lisa L. Moore
  • Tola Mosadomi
  • Gretchen Murphy
  • Joan Neuberger
  • Mary C. Neuburger
  • Martha G. Newman
  • Cynthia Osborne
  • Shelley M. Payne
  • Julia Ann Reed
  • Donna Lynn Rew
  • Ann Morris Reynolds
  • Matt Richardson
  • Gretchen Ritter
  • Daniel H. Robinson
  • América Rodríguez
  • Victoria E. Rodríguez
  • Sharmila Rudrappa
  • Sonia T. Seeman
  • Martha Ann Selby
  • Faegheh Shirazi
  • Shannon Speed
  • Waneen Wyrick Spirduso
  • Janet Staiger
  • Allucquere Rosanne Stone
  • Pauline T. Strong
  • Sharon L. Strover
  • Catherine A. Surra
  • Gayle M. Timmerman
  • Janice S. Todd
  • Ann Twinam
  • Anita L. Vangelisti
  • Kamala Visweswaran
  • Lorraine O. Walker
  • S. Craig Watkins
  • Lynn R. Wilkinson
  • Jennifer M. Wilks
  • Christine L. Williams
  • James A. Wilson Jr.
  • Zipporah B. Wiseman
  • Helena Woodard
  • Michelle D. Young

Admission Requirements

An admission committee composed of Graduate Studies Committee members evaluates all applications. The committee seeks to admit a small, dynamic group of students who will make a difference in the community, both in and outside of academia. The limited size of the incoming cohort allows the program to provide each student with personal attention and fosters a sense of community among students and faculty members.

The Admissions Committee looks for candidates with a strong academic background and a clear sense of the topics or areas they wish to pursue through the master’s degree. The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies depends on students to be activists and leaders in the community. The Admissions Committee also looks for students who will not only attend class but also attend workshops and conferences, form organizations, volunteer, and participate in extracurricular activities.

A complete list of required application materials is published by the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies.

Degree Requirements

Students pursuing a master’s degree in women’s and gender studies may write either a thesis or a report at the end of their coursework. The thesis option requires thirty-six semester hours of coursework, of which six hours are earned in the thesis course. The report option requires thirty-six semester hours of coursework, of which three hours are earned in the report course.

All students must complete the following three core foundations courses in their first year: Women’s and Gender Studies 390, Foundations I: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, 391, Foundations II: Feminist Theories, and 392, Foundations III: Research Seminar in Women’s and Gender Studies. Students are required to meet weekly with the graduate adviser during their second year.

In addition, each student must demonstrate competence in the research skills appropriate to the student’s overall academic and career objectives and to the final thesis or report. A minimum of four additional courses related to women, gender, sexuality, or feminism may be selected from the extensive offerings of faculty members affiliated with the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. Other courses may be substituted with the graduate adviser’s approval.

Graduate seminar courses

The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies offers an interdisciplinary program that focuses on understanding women’s experiences from a variety of perspectives and on the role gender plays in shaping society. The program’s large and diverse faculty draws on the scholarship of more than 270 distinguished faculty members from 29 departments and 14 colleges and schools. Women’s and Gender Studies 393, Seminar: Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies, provides access to cutting-edge scholarship from multiple perspectives by offering topics from nearly every graduate discipline. The program’s faculty affiliates offer as many as thirty different seminar classes every semester.

Dual Degree Programs

The Center for Women’s and Gender Studies offers the following dual degree programs in cooperation with other divisions of the University. More information is available from the graduate adviser in each program.

Field of Study Degree
Information studies Master of Science in Information Studies
Public affairs Master of Public Affairs

For More Information

Campus address: Walter Webb Hall (WWH) 401, phone (512) 471-5765, fax (512) 475-8146; campus mail code: A4900

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, 1 University Station A4900, Austin TX 78712

E-mail: wstudies@uts.cc.utexas.edu

URL: http://www.utexas.edu/cola/centers/cwgs/

Graduate Catalog, 2009-2011

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