Welcome to Women's and Gender Studies!
The Women's and Gender Studies Program fosters the examination of women and gender through an interdisciplinary lens. Women's and Gender Studies classes explore social norms and the ways in which race, class, nationality, and history shape gender identity. Students develop an understanding of the complex and sometimes controversial issues that surround women and gender, including sex and sexuality, feminism, femininity, and masculinity, equal rights, family structures, bodies and health, parenting, political representation, art and literature, and relationships. The Women's and Gender Studies Program at UT Arlington offers an academic minor that enables students to pursue a study of women and gender issues alongside their major courses.
Why get a Women's and Gender Studies Minor?
A Women's and Gender Studies minor enables students to speak knowledgeably and with sensitivity about the issues surrounding women and gender in our modern culture. Not only does a Women's and Gender Studies minor serve as a valuable complement to most academic majors, students gain skills and insights valued by employers in a variety of professions, including education, marketing, advertising, healthcare, and many more. The minor likewise prepares UTA students for pursuing graduate degrees in disciplines that critically analyze gender from a theoretical perspective.
Women's and Gender Studies are linked disciplines that focus on a wide range of topics related to women's experiences, histories, and accomplishments, as well as gender as a social concept, institution, and identity formation.
Women's Studies has been instrumental in bringing women to the center of academic study. Since the 1970s, when Women's Studies began to be represented on the UTA campus, it has served to advance women's issues, concerns, and scholarship. In the intervening years, Gender Studies has emerged as a field that not only addresses women, feminism, and femininity, but also men, masculinity, children, families, sexual identity, and sexual practices. The National Women's Studies Association recognizes "gender studies" as an outgrowth of "women's studies," and ranks them as coterminous. Together, these two terms capture where we have come from and where we are going as a discipline.
Earn a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies
Beginning Fall 2015, the Women's and Gender Studies Program is proud to offer a Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies. Applicants will be restricted to students currently enrolled in a Master's or PhD program at UT Arlington, having met their admission standards. For more information about the Gradaute Certificate process and course descriptions, please go to our Graduate Certificate page.
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Accolades Awards Ceremony - (from left to right) Dr. Sonja Watson, Taylor Long (recipient of Student Excellence Award), Meagan Solomon (recipient of Junior Woman's Club of Fort Worth Endowment Scholarship), and Shanda Pettibone, VP of Civic Outreach with Junior Woman's Cub of Fort Worth.
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