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Graduate Portfolio Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies

What is the WGS Portfolio?

The Graduate Portfolio Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies is an additional credential available to current graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin, along with their Masters or Doctoral degree.   After completing requirements for the portfolio and graduation, 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.

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.

WGS 393 course topics include, but are not limited to: gender and health, feminist literary and cultural studies, race/ethnicity and gender, LGBTQ/sexualities studies, gender and representational issues, women and public policy, feminist theory and research methods, and gender and development.

What are the WGS Portfolio Certificate requirements?

  • For Masters Students: 3 courses for 9 hours of credit in graduate-level WGS classes, with at least 2 classes originating from two different fields of study outside your home department.
  • For Doctoral Students: 4 courses for 12 hours of credit in graduate-level WGS classes, with at least 2 classes originating from two different fields of study outside your home department.
  • Students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and a 3.0 GPA in their courses for the Portfolio.  Classes may not be taken for Credit/No Credit.  Undergraduate classes cannot count towards the Graduate Portfolio.
  • Students must present at the Annual WGS Graduate Student Conference held during the spring semester, at least once while at the University of Texas at Austin.

What are the WGS Portfolio Application requirements?
There is an online application to declare yourself as part of the WGS Portfolio Program.

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 are benefits of the WGS Portfolio Program?
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.

The Annual WGS Dissertation Award is available exclusively to WGS Portfolio Students.  WGS Portfolio Students are also eligible to apply to the Romero Award. 

The applications for these awards can be found here: https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/cwgs/graduate/awards.php

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.

Can I meet with someone from CWGS for advising?
Advising is not required for WGS Portfolio Students but you are welcome to schedule an appointment with WGS Graduate Coordinator, Alma Jackie Salcedo, using the link: https://calendly.com/ajsalcedo

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.  Course Descriptions can be found here, by choosing Graduate Courses.

What do you mean by outside my home department?
Most WGS courses originate in other departments.  Since this is an interdisciplinary program, we want two of the courses you take to originate in departments outside your home department.  A WGS course that is cross-listed with your home department does not count as "out of department." 

You can check cross-listing or home department information by clicking on the WGS course unique number from the course schedule.  This will open a window with more information about the class, including its field of study.  You will see the home department listed as “Same As”.

(Example: Click to see a screenshot of the course schedule.  This WGS course originates in the English department.)

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 yes, we can 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.  Unfortunately, there is no WGS 394 retro-credit awarded for undergraduate courses, so make sure to enroll in the WGS 394 Conference Course instead of a WGS undergraduate section.

Can I count courses I take for Credit/No Credit?
Courses may not be taken pass/fail or credit/no credit due to the 3.00 GPA requirement. 

Can I count an independent study towards the WGS Portfolio?
Yes, but only once. No more than 1 course may be taken as an independent study, except in unusual circumstances. Students must provide documentation of the WGS content in the independent study to the WGS Graduate Coordinator.  Taking more than 1 conference course requires permission of the WGS Director.

What happens when I am finished with requirements and ready to graduate?

  • Upon completion of requirements and pending graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, students should notify the WGS graduate coordinator.
  • Certificates are processed during the same semester that graduate degrees are awarded.
  • After completing requirements for the portfolio and graduation, the student's official university transcript will read, "Portfolio in Women's & Gender Studies."
  • A printed certificate from the Center for Women’s & Gender Studies can be mailed to graduates upon request.

 

"WGS Portfolio Program with LGBTQ Studies Track" Now Available!   See LGBTQ Studies Program Webpage for details!

For further information and advising regarding the LGBTQ Studies Track, please contact LGBTQ Studies Program Coordinator, Grayson Hunt.

Requirements for Master's students: 
Completion of 3 courses that fall within the LGBTQ Studies subject area, with 2 of the 3 courses from outside student's home department. Courses should be listed in the Recommended Course List and/or approved by the LGBTQ/Research Cluster Chair, or the LGBTQ Studies Program Coordinator.  For more information visit: https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/lgbtq/graduate/index.php  

Requirements for Doctoral students: 
Completion of 4 courses that fall within the LGBTQ Studies subject area, 2 of the 4 courses from outside student's home department. Courses should be listed in the Pink approved by the LGBTQ/Research Cluster Chair, or the LGBTQ Studies Program Coordinator.  For more information visit: https://liberalarts.utexas.edu/lgbtq/graduate/index.php 

Additional LGBTQ Studies Track Portfolio Requirements:

  • Students must participate in LGBTQ/Sexualities Research Cluster Events each semester.
  • Students must present at the Annual WGS Graduate Student Conference held during the spring semester, at least once while at the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Students must notify the WGS Graduate Coordinator on their progress.
  • After completing requirements for the portfolio and graduation, 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 will be awarded for the "WGS Portfolio Program with LGBTQ Studies Track."

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