The Women’s and Gender Studies Minor consists of taking 18 hours of classes with a women’s or gender studies focus. For more information, refer to our complete course list or to the catalog entry on Women’s and Gender Studies.
How to Add the Women’s and Gender Studies Minor
If you are interested in obtaining a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies:
1) Complete the Minor Approval Form and have it signed by your major department advisor.
2) Once the Minor Approval Form is completed, schedule an appointment with Trudi Beckman, the Women’s and Gender Studies advisor, and she will add the minor to your career plan.
To make an advising appointment, please call 817-272-3131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Certificate in Women's & Gender Studies
Beginning Fall 2015, Women's & Gender Studies offers a Graduate Certificate for students currently enrolled in a Master's or PhD program at UT Arlington. Students should consult with the Graduate Studies Advisor of their Master's or PhD program before applying to the Graduate Certificate in Women's & Gender Studies. Go to our Graduate Certificate page for more information.
Women’s and Gender Studies Minor FAQs
Q: Why should I get a Women’s and Gender Studies minor?
A: Excellent question! Getting a WOMS minor will reward you with intellectual stimulation, personal growth, and preparation for your future education or career.
If you are passionate about women’s and gender issues, the minor gives you a concrete way of pursuing that passion. It puts you in touch with other students and faculty who share your interests, giving you the opportunity to join an energetic and engaged community.
At the same time, the skills you gain as a Women’s and Gender Studies minor prepare you for a number of career paths including: education, social work, nursing, journalism, law enforcement, counseling or victim’s advocacy, working in the non-profit sector, creative fields like art, filmmaking, or writing, and many, many more.
Moreover, taking Women’s and Gender Studies courses can be beneficial if you plan to pursue an advanced degree. Students may find that a Women’s and Gender Studies minor assists them in getting accepted to graduate programs in liberal arts disciplines such as Anthropology, Art and Art History, Criminal Justice, English, History, Sociology, and others. Students interested in medical school or law school, or in pursuing degrees in nursing, psychology, or social work may also find that the minor prepares them to deal with the unique demands of those professional degree programs. Beyond these traditional pairings, students in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) will also find that a solid background in women’s and gender issues can serve them as they advance in their educational goals.
For additional information about the benefits of a WOMS minor, go to:
“Transform the World: What You Can Do with a Degree in Women’s Studies” Ms. Magazine (2007)
Q: Will a WOMS course count for my major and my minor simultaneously?
A: Yes and no. If you take a WOMS course that is offered by your major department, it may satisfy a requirement for your major, at the same time that it counts towards your WOMS minor. However, you must still take 18 hours of courses – in addition to the hours required by your major – to receive a minor. So, you may get dual credit but the hours only count once.
Q: Do I have to be enrolled in the WOMS section of a cross-listed class in order to get credit towards the minor?
A: No. You can get credit towards the minor regardless of whether you are enrolled in the WOMS or main section of a cross-listed course.
Q: Do I have to enroll in the WOMS section of a cross-listed class if I am a WOMS minor?
A: No. You may enroll in either section of a cross-listed course. We are often granted only a few seats in cross-listed courses, so you are encouraged to register for the main section of the course, if the WOMS section is filled.
Q: Can a class I took at another institution count towards the WOMS minor?
A: It depends on whether the class is comparable to those offered at UTA. You may submit a request to the Women’s and Gender Studies Director, including a copy of the syllabus or some other record of the course content, to be considered. Only 3000 and above courses are eligible.
Q: I am an Interdisciplinary Studies major at UTA and I am taking WOMS courses to satisfy the Women’s Studies Cluster. Can I also get a WOMS minor?
A: Yes. You should speak to your major advisor because, as mentioned above, while WOMS courses may fulfill the INST major requirements, you would still be expected to complete an additional 18 hours to receive the WOMS minor.
Q: Does my major allow me to get a minor?
A: It depends. Some major departments at UTA do not allow their students to get minors, while others require them. You should speak to your major advisor to make sure you are eligible for the WOMS minor.
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