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Graduate Portfolio Requirements

M.A. and Ph.D. Portfolio

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The General Portfolio Program in Women's and Gender Studies builds upon the Center’s rich and broad-based expertise across disciplines and schools/colleges. Portfolio students develop a specialization unique to their own program of work through WGS courses, scholarly papers, and presentations.  WGS Portfolio Students are eligilble for to apply for the annual WGS Awards and/or travel assistance for presenting relevant work at conferences.

Students may enter the portfolio program at any point in their graduate work, but it is recommended that they do so as soon as they decide to pursue the portfolio. Applications and courses for the Portfolio Program must be approved by the WGS Graduate Adviser, Mollie Marchione (512-471-5666).

Each semester approximately fifteen to nineteen graduate courses having primarily women's or gender studies content are offered at UT. These courses are identified for graduate students in the course schedule under "WGS". Doctoral students need to take 12 hours in such courses in order to achieve accreditation as Portfolio students. Masters students need to take 9 hours.

For complete details on the requirements, please see below:

Application:

  • Students interested in developing a portfolio must complete an application form which will be reviewed by the WGS Graduate Adviser.
  • Students must also submit a a paragraph on how WGS fits into their academic experience and how they will benefit (or have benefitted) from the Portfolio; or the importance of a particular specialization in WGS to the student's graduate program/career goals.
  • WGS Portfolio Students must be subscribed to the Women's and Gender Studies Graduate listserv (instructions below).

Submit an application for the WGS Portfolio Program (online form).

Master's Portfolio Course requirements:

  • Completion of 3 thematically-related courses for 9 credits in approved graduate level WGS courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the courses. Courses may not be taken pass/fail or credit/no credit due to the 3.0 GPA requirement.
  • At least two of the three courses must be taken from outside the student's home department, from at least two other departments. A WGS course that is cross-listed with your home department does not count as "out of department."  (This is meant to be an interdisciplinary program.)
  • Of the three courses, no more than one course may be taken as an independent study/conference course, except in unusual circumstances. Taking more than one conference course requires permission of the WGS Graduate Adviser.
  • Students are encouraged to develop a specialization unique to their own program of work. Listed below are examples of possible themes for specializations together with current courses appropriate to each specialization theme.

Doctoral Portfolio Course requirements:

  • Completion of 4 thematically-related courses for 12 credits in approved graduate level WGS courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the courses. Courses may not be taken pass/fail or credit/no credit due to the 3.0 GPA requirement.
  • At least two of the four courses must be taken from outside the student's home department, from at least two other departments. A WGS course that is cross-listed with your home department does not count as "out of department." (This is meant to be an interdisciplinary program.)
  • Of the four courses, no more than one course may be taken as an independent study/conference course, except in unusual circumstances. Taking more than one conference course requires permission of the WGS Graduate Adviser.
  • Students are encouraged to develop a specialization unique to their own program of work. Listed below are examples of possible themes for specializations together with current courses appropriate to each specialization theme.

Other requirements:

  • In addition to the course requirements, students must present a scholarly paper at the WGS Graduate Student Conference. Moreover, students must attend the annual WGS Graduate Student Conference and the WGS Scholarly Conference each year they are enrolled in the Portfolio Program.
  • Students must keep the WGS office updated on their progress.  It is the student's responsibility to make sure they are completing the appropriate requirements.
  • Although not required, it is recommended that a professor of a portfolio course or a WGS Faculty Affiliate be asked to serve on the student's doctoral dissertation committee.
  • WGS Portfolio Students must be subscribed to the Women's and Gender Studies Graduate listserv.  To subscribe, please visit: https://utlists.utexas.edu/sympa/subscribe/wgs-grads

Sample Specializations: (Note - these are only examples, they are not strict tracts - nor is the specialization recorded on your transcript.  These are meant to show the flexibility of the portfolio program.)

LGBTQ/Sexualities
Queer Theory and GLBT Studies (E)
Gays/Lesbians in American Society (S W)
Lesbian Culture and Mass Culture (E)
Sexualities and US Film (RTF)

Gender and Health
Women's Health: Mid and Later Life (NUR)
Gender, Women and Addiction (S W)
Gender and Health (SOC)
Physical Dimensions of Aging (KIN)

Feminist Literary and Cultural Studies
Law, Literature, and Feminisms (E)
New Readings in Gender (AMS)
Media and Social Justice (J)
Lesbian Culture and Mass Culture (E)

Race/Ethnicity & Gender
Gender and Nationalism (ANT)
Gender, Race, and Identity (E)
Gender & Social History in Latin America (HIS)
Gender, Cloth, & Ident. in Muslim Society (MES)

Gender and Representational Issues
Cult Movies and Gender Issues (RTF)
Body, Discourse, and Culture (ANT)
Feminism & Visual Representation (ARH)
Women and the Media (J)

Women and Public Policy
Gender and the Law (LAW)
Feminist Theory (GOV)
Gender, Health and Society (LBJ)
Women, Family and Public Policy (LBJ)

Feminist Theory and Research Methods
Feminist Theory (E)
Feminist Ethnography (ANT)
Gender and the Law (LAW)
Gender Differentiation (SOC)

Gender and Development
Gender and Adult Development Theory (EDA)
Gender and Health (NUR)
Gender and Development (SOC)
Human Sexuality (HED)

Submit an application for the WGS Portfolio Program (online form).

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Important REGISTRATION INFORMATION (here)

Portfolio Program FAQs 

The WGS Portfolio Program is open to all graduate students at The University of Texas at Austin.

Currently, there are approximately sixty students in the WGS Portfolio Program.  The influence of their experiences in the program is often reflected in students’ thesis or dissertation work.

What is the WGS Portfolio Program?

•The Portfolio Program is an opportunity for graduate students from all disciplines to incorporate Women’s and Gender Studies into their coursework.
• WGS Portfolio Students are eligilble for to apply for the annual WGS Awards and/or travel assistance for presenting relevant work at conferences.
• When the program is completed, the student’s official UT transcript will read "Portfolio in Women’s & Gender
Studies."  A printed certificate from CWGS is also available upon request.

What are the requirements?

• Students may enter the portfolio program at any point in their graduate work, but it is recommended that they
register in the program with WGS as early as possible by following the instructions on this website.
• Subscription to the WGS-grad listserve
Students are responsible for keeping in touch with the WGS office. Information is distributed via list serve.
• Attendance and presentation of a scholarly paper at the Annual WGS Student Conference in the Spring semester. Paper submissions are accepted October through January.
• Completion of Course Requirements

Course Requirements

WGS Courses or courses that meet with WGS will be counted. Courses may not be taken pass/fail or credit/no credit.
• MASTER’S: Completion of 3 courses for 9 hours credit in approved graduate level WGS courses with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the courses.
• DOCTORAL: Completion of 4 courses for 12 hours credit in approved graduate level WGS courses with an
overall GPA of 3.0 or better in the courses.
• No more than one course may be taken as an independent study/conference course, except in unusual circumstances.
• This is an interdisciplinary program. At least TWO courses must be taken in TWO different departments outside of the student's home department.  This applies to both Masters and PhD students.

WGS Faculty and Course Information

• You can search by faculty in your college/dept by choosing "Areas" on our faculty page.

• Search in the Course Schedule under "WGS" for courses
• Contact the Graduate Coordinator at 512 475-7858.

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