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Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)

The Center for Women's & Gender Studies offers a unique interdisciplinary program in Women's and Gender Studies that includes the Bachelor of Arts degree, a Women's and Gender Studies Minor, and a LGBTQ/Sexualities Studies Certificate.

The program's large and diverse faculty is drawn from the university's 18 colleges and schools. Particular strengths of the faculty include African-American studies, cultural studies, diaspora studies, feminist theories, health and social welfare, international and post-colonial feminisms, media studies, performance studies, popular culture, LGBTQ/sexualities studies and public policy.

Degree Requirements: Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies

Women's & Gender Studies Major (30 HOURS, INCLUDING 18 UPPER-DIVISION & 18 IN RESIDENCE)

*University Core and Liberal Arts Requirements Also Apply

  • WGS 305 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 
  • WGS 340 Cross-Cultural Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • WGS 340 Cross-Cultural Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies
  • WGS 350 Feminist Theory
  • WGS 356 Introduction to Feminist Research Methods
  • WGS 379L Internship in Women’s and Gender Studies or WGS 360 Research and Thesis in Women’s and Gender Studies [The undergraduate thesis must be completed in one semester. There is a form that must be submitted before registering for the WGS 360 Research & Thesis course. Download form here (pdf).  The internship course also requires a form. Read more about the Undergraduate Thesis and obtain the Approval Form.]
  • WGS 379S Senior Seminar
  • Additional Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Additional Women’s and Gender Studies (upper-division)
  • Additional Women’s and Gender Studies (upper-division)

Degree Requirements: Women's and Gender Studies Minor

With the approval of the student's major department, any student may earn a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. In the College of Liberal Arts, a minor is 12 hours from an area, with 6 of those hours being from upper-division courses (numbered 320-279). Please contact the undergraduate advisor in your school or college for details. Academic minors must be declared in the student's home department. At The University of Texas at Austin, some degree plans require minors, some do not. Some programs offer minors, others do not and instead call them "unofficial concentrations." It is best to talk to your academic advisor to learn your degree plan requirements.

Students in most majors must also fulfill the requirements of a minor. The minor consists of a specific number of semester hours of coursework completed outside the student’s major field. The requirements of the minor are established by the major department. Additional restrictions may be imposed by the academic department(s) in which the student takes the courses used to fulfill the requirements of the minor; before planning to use a course to fulfill the minor requirement, the student should consult the department or program that offers the course.

The same courses may not be used to fulfill the requirements for both a major and a minor. Courses used to fulfill the requirements for a minor must be taken on the letter-grade basis, and six of the required semester hours must be taken in residence.

Coming Soon: The Transcript-Recognized Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

For more information Transcript-Recognized Minors, contact Alma J. Salcedo 512-475-7858

Coming Soon: The Transcript-Recognized Minor in LGBTQ Studies

For more information Transcript-Recognized Minors, contact Alma J. Salcedo 512-475-7858

Additional Degree Information

WGS Degree Plan 2014-2016 (pdf)
WGS Degree Plan 2012-2014 (pdf)
WGS Degree Plan 2010-2012 (pdf)
WGS Degree Plan 2008-2010 Expires Summer 2016 (pdf)
WGS Degree Plan 2006-2008 EXPIRED
(pdf)

On Track Sample Four Year Plan for WGS Majors, 2008-2010 Catalog (pdf)


CWGS Undergraduate Coordinator Jackie Salcedo discusses the WGS Senior Seminar 379S, a required course in the BA program.

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