Women's and Gender Studies
The Center for Women's Studies, which administers the master's degree program in women's and gender studies, is a campus-wide interdisciplinary program with more than two hundred affiliated faculty members from almost all colleges and schools. The center hosts a major lecture series or scholarly conference each year and an 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 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 General Libraries also houses microfilm sets of such notables as Eleanor Roosevelt, Margaret Sanger, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Additional information about women's studies holdings is published by the General Libraries.
Convenient to the University are other research facilities, including the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, the State Library and Archives of Texas, the United Daughters of the Confederacy Library, the Catholic Archives of Texas, the Episcopal Archives of the United States, and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Museum.
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.
The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2002-2003.
An admission committee composed of Graduate Studies Committee members evaluates all applications. The 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. Applicants should have three letters of recommendation sent directly to the graduate adviser.
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 semester hours of coursework, of which six hours are earned in the thesis course. The report option requires thirty-three semester hours of coursework, of which three hours are earned in the report course. All students must complete the three core courses: Women's and Gender Studies 390, Foundations I: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies; 391, Foundations II: Feminist Theories; and 392, Research Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies. 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. Three or 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 Studies.
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 Studies, 405 West 25th Street, Suite 401, Austin TX 78705-4831
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12 August 2003. Office of the Registrar
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