LBGQT Studies Program
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Graduate Portfolio in LGBTQ Studies

Introduction

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

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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 LGBTQ Studies-approved courses, scholarly papers, and presentations. An in-house certificate is awarded to those who meet the requirements of the "WGS Portfolio Program with LGBTQ Studies 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 with a specialization in LGBTQ 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 by WGS 303 and WGS 335. Graduate courses that count for the WGS Portfolio with LGBTQ Studies Track are listed on the LGBTQ Studies page or, in the WGS Pink Book (2014-2016).

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, Jackie Salcedo.

Requirements

Application:
Students interested in developing a portfolio must complete an application form which will be reviewed by the WGS Academic Advisor Jackie Salcedo. 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.

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"WGS Portfolio with LGBTQ Studies Track" Requirements:

  • Fill out the WGS Portfolio program application, specify "WGS Portfolio Program with LGBTQ Studies Track"
  • Students who choose the "WGS Portfolio Program with LGBTQ Studies Track" are required to subscribe to the general LGBTQ Studies listserv. To subscribe, please visit: https://utlists.utexas.edu/sympa/subscribe/lgbtq
  • Students who choose the "WGS Portfolio Program with LGBTQ Studies Track" are also 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 Studies subject area (WGS 303 and WGS 335), with 2 of the 3 courses from outside student's home department. Courses should be listed amongst the LGBTQ Studies course offerings, or approved by the LGBTQ Studies Director, Dr. Lisa Moore.  

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 amongst the LGBTQ Studies course offerings, or approved by the LGBTQ Studies Director, Dr. Lisa Moore.  

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

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 Academic Advisor Jackie Salcedo 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 Academic Advisor Jackie Salcedo.

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." An in-house certificate is awarded for the "WGS Portfolio Program with LGBTQ Studies Track." Students are encouraged to note on their CVs that the Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Portfolio was completed with the LGBTQ Studies Track specialization. 

Contact

WGS Academic Advising: Jackie Salcedo, WGS Academic Advisor

Infromation about LGBTQ Studies courses: Dr. Grayson Hunt, LGBTQ Studies Program Coordinator

Approvals for LGBTQ Studies Track: Dr. Lisa Moore, LGBTQ Studies Director