skip to content
UT Austin
Grad Catalog 03-05


Graduate Study

Admission and


of Study

Members of
Graduate Studies




Women's and Gender Studies

Degree Offered
Master of Arts

Facilities for Graduate Work

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.

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 2002-2003.

P. Elizabeth Abel
Katherine M. Arens
Kirsten Belgum
Rebecca Bigler
Pascale R. Bos
Ann K. Brooks
Joanna Brooks
Cynthia J. Buckley
Elizabeth Butler Cullingford
Charlotte Canning
Mia E. Carter
Judith G. Coffin
David F. Crew
Ann Luja Cvetkovich
Ann Daly
Janet M. Davis
Andrew F. Dell'Antonio
Jill S. Dolan
Laura Furman
Dorie J. Gilbert
Lucia A. Gilbert
Darlene Grant
Benjamin Gregg
Susan Grobe
Susanne Hafner
Barbara Jane Harlow
Elizabeth A. Hedrick
Susan Heinzelman
Geraldine Heng
Carole K. Holahan
Aletha C. huston
Bob Jensen
Joni L. Jones
Deborah Kapchan
Mary Celeste Kearney
     Carol Hanbery MacKay
Ruth G. McRoy
Lynn C. Miller
Gail Minault
Lisa L. Moore
Joan Neuberger
Mary C. Neuburger
Martha G. Newman
Shelley M. Payne
Donna Lynn Rew
Ann Morris Reynolds
Gretchen Ritter
America Rodriguez
Victoria Rodriguez
Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez
Faegheh Shirazi
Waneen Wyrick Spirduso
Janet Staiger
Allucquere Rosanne Stone
Pauline T. Strong
Sharon L. Strover
Catherine A. Surra
Gayle M. Timmerman
Janice S. Todd
Elizabeth Vandewater
Anita L. Vangelisti
Kamala Visweswaran
Lorraine O. Walker
Sheila S. Walker
Samuel Craig Watkins
Lynn R. Wilkinson
Christine L. Williams
Zipporah B. Wiseman
Helena Woodard

Admission Requirements

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.

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 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.

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 Studies, 405 West 25th Street, Suite 401, Austin TX 78705-4831




Top of File     

Women's and Gender Studies Courses: WGS



Graduate Catalog
Chapter 1 - Graduate Study
Chapter 2 - Admission and Registration
Chapter 3 - Degree Requirements
Chapter 4 - Fields of Study
Chapter 5 - Members of Graduate Studies Committees
Appendix - Course Abbreviations

Related Information
Course Schedules
Academic Calendars
Office of Admissions

Office of the Registrar
University of Texas at Austin

12 August 2003. Office of the Registrar

Send comments to Official Publications