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Graduate Portfolio Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies

FAQs (Please read entire webpage carefully.)

When should I join/apply for the Portfolio?
Fill out the online form and join our list serve as early as possible so we can count you as part of our Portfolio Program, and you receive all our email announcements.

What classes should I take?
We recommend you start looking at the WGS 393 topics courses, you should also take 2 WGS classes that originate in 2 different departments outside your home department.  The requirements are listed in more detail here.

Will you count classes I took before I joined the Portfolio?
As long as they were WGS graduate classes and you have not had a break in enrollment, then we can probably count them.

I took all my WGS classes in my home department?  Can I count them?
This is an interdisciplinary program, and it requires students to take at least 2 courses in 2 different departments outside their home.  We can count some of the WGS courses from your home department, but not all of them.

Can I count Undergraduate classes for my Graduate Portfolio?
This is a Graduate Portfolio program and your classes must be for Graduate Credit.  Portfolio Students may not count undergraduate courses towards their Graduate Portfolio coursework.  The WGS 394 Conference Course is available as alternative for enrollment in relevant topic courses.  If there is an undergraduate course that interests you, you should contact the professor and ask if you can take it as a graduate conference course (WGS 394) with them.

When can I meet with someone from CWGS for advising?
Advising is not required but you are welcome to contact WGS Graduate Coordinator Jackie Salcedo, at 512 475 7858.  Due to the large volume of emails received every day, phone calls are preferred.

Introduction

(*Available to UT Austin students enrolled in graduate programs outside the Center for Women's & Gender Studies.)

The Graduate Portfolio Certificate Program in Women's and Gender Studies builds upon the Center’s rich and broad-based expertise across disciplines and schools/colleges. The program brings together graduate students and faculty from all over campus, and fosters cross-disciplinary dialogue, research and study. Portfolio students develop a specialization unique to their own program of work through WGS courses, scholarly papers, and presentations.

Specializations include, but are not limited to: gender and health, feminist literary and cultural studies, race, ethnicity and gender; gender and representational issues, women and public policy, feminist theory and research methods, and gender and development. In addition, an in-house certificate is awarded to those who meet the requirements of the "WGS Portfolio Program with LGBTQ/Sexualities Track." 

Students enrolled in the WGS Portfolio program may be nominated for annual WGS graduate awards and may apply for $100.00 in CWGS travel funds, if presenting a paper at an academic conference.

Eligibility

To participate in the Graduate Portfolio Program in Women's and Gender Studies, prospective students must be newly admitted or currently enrolled in a graduate program at The University of Texas at Austin with a minimum 3.0 grade-point average. Each semester, graduate courses that count for the portfolio are identified in the university's Course Schedule under "WGS." Graduate courses that count for the WGS Portfolio with LGBTQ/Sexualities Track are listed in the WGS Pink Book.

The Graduate Portfolio in Women's and Gender Studies is not a degree program; however, it allows graduate students to obtain a credential in a cross-disciplinary area of inquiry while completing the requirements for a master's or doctoral degree in their home department. Students may enter the WGS Portfolio 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 for the WGS Portfolio must be approved by the portfolio program coordinator. Questions about which graduate courses count for the portfolio should be directed to the WGS graduate coordinator.

Requirements

Application:
Students interested in developing a portfolio must complete an application form which will be reviewed by the WGS Graduate Advisor. Students must also submit a a paragraph on how WGS fits into their academic experience and how they will benefit from the WGS Portfolio; or the importance of a particular specialization in WGS to the student's graduate program/career goals.

Click here for the Online Application

WGS Portfolio Requirements for Master's students:

  • Completion of 3 thematically-related courses for 9 credits in approved graduate level WGS courses with an overall GPA of 3.00 or better in the courses. Courses may not be taken pass/fail or credit/no credit due to the 3.00 GPA requirement.  Portfolio Students may not count undergraduate courses towards their Graduate Portfolio coursework.  The WGS 394 Conference Course is available as alternative for enrollment in relevant topic courses.
  • At least 2 of the 3 courses must be taken from outside the student's home department, from 2 other departments. A WGS course that is cross-listed with your home department does not count as "out of department." 
  • Of the 3 courses, no more than 1 course may be taken as an independent study/conference course, except in unusual circumstances. Taking more than 1 conference course requires permission of the WGS graduate advisor.
  • 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

WGS Portfolio Requirements for Doctoral students:

  • Completion of 4 thematically-related courses for 12 credits in approved graduate level WGS courses with an overall GPA of 3.00 or better in the courses. Courses may not be taken pass/fail or credit/no credit due to the 3.00 GPA requirement.  Portfolio Students may not count undergraduate courses towards their Graduate Portfolio coursework.  The WGS 394 Conference Course is available as alternative for enrollment in relevant topic courses.
  • At least 2 of the 4 courses must be taken from outside the student's home department, from 2 other departments. A WGS course that is cross-listed with your home department does not count as "out of department." 
  • Of the 4 courses, no more than 1 course may be taken as an independent study/conference course, except in unusual circumstances. Taking more than 1 conference course requires permission of the WGS graduate advisor.
  • 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

"WGS Portfolio with LGBTQ/Sexualities Track" Requirements:

  • Fill out the WGS Portfolio program application, specify "WGS Portfolio Program with LGBTQ/Sexualities Track"
  • Students who choose the "WGS Portfolio Program with LGBTQ/Sexualities Track" are required to subscribe to the LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster listserv. To subscribe, please visit: https://utlists.utexas.edu/sympa/subscribe/lgbtq
  • Students who choose the "WGS Portfolio Program with LGBTQ/Sexualities Track" are required to subscribe to the WGS Graduate listserv. To subscribe, please visit: https://utlists.utexas.edu/sympa/subscribe/wgs-grads 

Requirements for Master's students: 
Completion of 3 courses that fall within the LGBTQ/Sexualities subject area, with 2 of the 3 courses from outside student's home department. Courses should be listed in the Pink Book and/or approved by the WGS graduate advisor and/or the LGBTQ/Research Cluster chair.  

Requirements for Doctoral students: 
Completion of 4 courses that fall within the LGBTQ/Sexualities subject area, 2 of the 4 courses from outside student's home department. Courses should be listed in the Pink Book and/or approved by a WGS graduate advisor and/or the LGBTQ/Research Cluster chair.

For further information and advising regarding the LGBTQ/Sexualities Track, please contact WGS Graduate Coordinator Jackie Salcedo or Dr. Matt Richardson (Chair of the LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster).   

Additional Portfolio Requirements:

  • In addition to the course requirements, students must present a scholarly paper one time at the annual CWGS Emerging Scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies Conference held during the spring semester. Moreover, students must attend this annual conference each year they are enrolled in the portfolio program.
  • Students must notify the WGS Graduate Coordinator on their progress. It is the student's responsibility to make sure they are completing the appropriate requirements.
  • Upon completion of requirements, students should notify the WGS graduate coordinator.

Certification

  • Upon completion of the Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Portfolio, the student's official university transcript will read, "Portfolio in Women's & Gender Studies." A printed certificate from the Center is also available upon request.
  • An in-house certificate is awarded for the "WGS Portfolio Program with LGBTQ/Sexualities Track."

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