MAJOR: WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES
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The women's and gender studies major will provide students with a first-class liberal arts education, as well as the freedom of interdisciplinary study. Unlike most programs at UT Austin, women's and gender studies cross-lists our courses all over campus. The wide array of courses offered from the Colleges of Communication, Education, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, and Natural Sciences, and the Schools of Nursing, Public Affairs, and Social Work provides exposure to cutting edge scholarship from multiple perspectives and thus offers students an unusual opportunity for cross-disciplinary inquiry.

The Women's and Gender Studies Program is one of the university's newest programs. We see this as an opportunity to encourage students to make a difference in the community, both in and out of academia. Because of the small size of our department, our undergraduate students receive individual attention. They are also invited to join our graduate WGS students in all of our activities throughout the year, such as: workshops, conferences, special guest lectures, and faculty colloquiums.

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Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare a women's and gender studies major must first meet with a women's and gender studies advisor. There is no formal application process. For more information, visit the student affairs page on how to declare a major.

Students in the WGS major will be able to add WGS courses that are restricted to majors only.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

For information on required courses, visit the women's and gender studies degree plan. View course descriptions of current WGS courses and specific degree requirements for additional information. Students may also visit FAQs and the WGS newsletter .

Specializations

The Center for Women's and Gender Studies has created a series of research clusters in specific subject areas: LGBTQ/Sexualities, Gender and Health, Gender & Technology, and Race/Ethnicity & Gender. Through these clusters, we promote faculty research collaboration and interaction with undergraduates and graduates. By bringing together scholars trained in disciplinary traditions around a common theme, interdisciplinary research promises new opportunities for our students.

Personality

We seek students who will make a difference in the community, both in and out of academia. WGS Students will be invited to attend workshops, conferences, form organizations, volunteer, and participate in extra-curricular activities.

The WGS Program has students from a variety of backgrounds including pre-med, pre-law, and double majors from all different disciplines on campus.

Skills

A degree in women and gender studies (WGS) opens many diverse possibilities for future employment. The WGS Program introduces students to relevant social issues, fosters critical thinking, develops strong verbal, writing and research skills, and encourages social advocacy.

Increasingly, corporations, colleges and universities, and personnel firms are hiring specialists in women and gender studies trained in understanding the complex demands of diverse communities. State and federal agencies need people who have special understanding of the problems that different women face in society, industry, and the professions. Educational institutions need specialists to develop and administer women's studies programs, multi-cultural community centers.