Women's and Gender Studies Bachelor's Degree Overview
Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) focuses on the contributions, experiences, history and issues facing women both nationally and inter-nationally. It looks at the significance and consequences of gender as a cultural category that shapes the experiences and knowledge of individuals and communities.
Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that provides a new understanding of social, cultural and political ideas, experiences and know-ledge for all humans. It explores sociocultural, economic, and political issues among gender, race, class and power relations in the past, present and cross-culturally.
WGST majors work with a department advisor to find a curriculum that fits their individual interests and career goals. Every WGST student completes an intern-ship, participates in service learning projects and is encouraged to participate in at least one study abroad experience.
The WGST degree is excellent preparation for graduate study and professional schools. Students majoring in WGST can also complete the pre-med require-ments, pre-physician assistant requirements, or pre-law requirements. The WGST department offers a special professional mentor program for all WGST majors. The mentor program is designed to support students in their long-term professional and career objectives.
Our faculty are deeply committed to students and have received awards for teaching and advising including the UT Outstanding Teacher Award, Master Teacher Award and the UT Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award.
College of Arts and Letters Highlights
- Active learning — Versus just sitting in a classroom and absorbing the knowledge, we have our students learn and then "do" through volunteer work or internships.
- Faculty working and researching in the field — In addition to teaching courses, our faculty are out there investigating and uncovering new insights and theories. This puts them among the leaders in their respective fields.
- Better preparation for graduate school — Most of the programs in the college have a graduate-level component, this means those same instructors will be teaching and preparing you at the undergraduate level.
- Technology integrated into curriculum — Our students learn and practice on the same equipment they'll encounter in the working world; standout technology includes a geographic information system (GIS) and remote sensing labs, a media-driven Foreign Languages Learning Lab, a letterpress facility, a high-definition television studio with editing and scripting bays, and more.
Our graduates find jobs in the public and private sector. Some of our recent alums can be found working in Washington, DC for the President’s National Security Council, working locally for a law firm, women’s advocacy organization, or regional hospital.
Recent alums have been accepted into competitive graduate and professional programs including law school, medical school, MBA programs, Higher Education programs and Theology programs.
Women's and Gender Studies Bachelor's Degree Curriculum