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Women's and Gender Studies

Minor in the College of Liberal Arts

Women's and Gender Studies students recognize that ending gender discrimination requires ending the related discriminations against disability, ethnicity, gender identity, race, sexuality, and socioeconomic class.

The Center for Women's & Gender Studies offers a unique interdisciplinary undergraduate program in Women's and Gender Studies that includes the Bachelor of Arts degree, a Women's and Gender Studies Minor, and a transcript-recognized certificate program in LGBTQ/Sexualities Studies. The WGS degree is a valuable major, double major, or minor and functions as an important credential in applying to graduate or professional school and in today's job market and global economy. 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. The Women's and Gender Studies major will provide students with a first-class liberal arts education, as well as the freedom of interdisciplinary study. Unlike most programs at UT Austin, women's and gender studies cross-lists our courses all over campus. The wide array of courses offered from the Colleges of Communication, Education, Fine Arts, Liberal Arts, and Natural Sciences, and the Schools of Nursing, Public Affairs, and Social Work provides exposure to cutting edge scholarship from multiple perspectives and thus offers students an unusual opportunity for cross-disciplinary inquiry. The Women's and Gender Studies Program is one of the university's newest programs. We see this as an opportunity to encourage students to make a difference in the community, both in and out of academia. Because of the small size of our department, our undergraduate students receive individual attention. They are also invited to join our graduate WGS students in all of our activities throughout the year, such as: workshops, conferences, special guest lectures, and faculty colloquiums.

How to Declare


To declare this minor, contact your assigned academic advisor in your school or college.

Required Courses


Fifteen semester-credit hours.

Visit the College of Liberal Arts minors page for more information on required courses.


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