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Date: Tue, 28 Nov 2000 10:30:20 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: New University of Texas Master's Program in Women's and Gender Studies (fwd)

In case anyone's interested, or has students who might be....

Judith Poxon
co-moderator, french-feminism

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The Center for Women's Studies at The University of Texas at Austin will
be offering a new Master's
degree in Women's and Gender Studies beginning Fall 2001, pending final
approval. The Master's degree
will prepare graduates to pursue Ph.D work in Womens and Gender studies
at another institution or in a
discipline or department. It will be also be excellent training for
professionals in the arts, business,
community and non-profit organizations, education, health care, public
policy, social work, and
technology. The Center for Women's Studies is a campus-wide
interdisciplinary program with over 200
faculty affiliates from almost all colleges and schools and a Graduate
Studies Committee of over 60
faculty from the Colleges of Communication, Education, Fine Arts,
Liberal Arts, and Natural Sciences, and
the Schools of Nursing, Public Affairs, and Social Work. Particular
strengths of the faculty include
African American studies, cultural studies, diaspora studies, ethnic
studies, feminist theories, health
and social welfare, international and post-colonial feminisms,
masculinities, media studies, performance
studies, popular culture, and public policy.

For faculty affiliates and their scholarly interests see


The University of Texas at Austin awards 2,500 master's degrees and 800
doctoral degrees annually,
the second largest number in the United States. The academic flagship of
the University of Texas System's
15 component institutions, UT Austin has 2,544 faculty and a student
body of approximately 50,000, 11,000
enrolled in its 98 graduate and professional programs. The University
attracts students from all 50
states and about 120 foreign countries.


The University of Texas at Austin offers rich resources for research in
Women's and Gender studies.
Its library system ranks among the top ten research libraries in North
America; the Harry Ransom
Humanities Research Center houses celebrated rare book and manuscript
collections in modern literature,
the Gernsheim Collection, one of the world's largest archives of
photographs, negatives, and books
related to the history of photography, and the Hoblitzelle Theatre Arts
Library, an important collection
of materials related to the performing arts, movies, vaudeville, the
circus, and magic; the Nettie Lee
Benson Latin American Collection is one of the world's great archives of
materials about and from Latin
America; the Center for American History contains the early Texas
archives, the largest collection extant
of historical manuscripts dealing with Texas, and virtually every book
related to Texas and Southwestern
history; and the Todd-McLean Physical Culture Collection is one of the
best in its field. Nearby are the
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, the State Library and Archives
of Texas, the United Daughters
of the Confederacy Library, the Catholic Archives of Texas, the
Episcopal Archives of the United States,
and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Museum. Further information
can be found at


The Master's program in Womens and Gender Studies will be a highly
selective program that admits no
more than 10 students a year. Candidates will be selected for their
strong academic background and clear
sense of the topics or areas they wish to pursue. Students will join a
vibrant Women's and Gender Studies
student community including those enrolled in the Center's Doctoral
Portfolio program and in Graduate
Concentrations in English and Radio-Television-Film, as well as graduate
and undergraduate students who
take part in the annual Emerging Scholarship in Women's and Gender
Studies Conference and other lecture
and conference series organized by the Center. Each year the Center
offers the Women's Studies Graduate
Student Dissertation Award and the Lora Romero Memorial Award for
Interdisciplinary Research in Race,
Ethnicity, and Gender, the latter co-sponsored by the Center for Mexican
American Studies and the
Department of English.


Students have the option of writing a thesis or a report at the end of
their coursework. The thesis
option requires thirty semester hours of coursework in graduate status,
of which six hours are earned in
the thesis course. The report option requires thirty-three semester
hours of coursework, of which three
hours are earned in the report course.

All students must complete three sequenced core courses: WS 390:
Foundations I: Introduction to
Women's and Gender Studies; WS 391: Foundations II: Feminist Theories;
and WS 392: Research Seminar in
Women's and Gender Studies. Demonstrated competence in research skills
appropriate to the student's
overall academic and career objectives and final thesis or report is
also required. Three or four
additional graduate courses related to women, gender, sexuality, and/or
feminism can be selected from the
extensive offerings of Center faculty affiliates.


Deadline for all materials: 1 February 2001. The Center accepts
applications for the fall semester

Two sets of application materials are required: the official application
for graduate admission to
the University of Texas at Austin Graduate and International Admissions
Center (GIAC); and additional
material sent directly to the Center for Women's Studies.

See the GIAC webpage for all
information on the offical
application process, for electronic application forms, and for how to
check the status of an application.
The GIAC website is continually monitored to ensure all information is
accurate, comprehensive, and
up-to-date and is more current than paper materials. Submitting your
application for admission
electronically allows the most efficient processing.

Additional materials to be submitted to the Center for Women's Studies
electronically if possible:

 Copies of all materials submitted to the GIAC

 Three letters of recommendation

 Statement of purpose specifying why you are interested this degree,
your areas of interest, any
relevant professional experience, and your future plans.

 Academic or scholarly writing sample in English 5-15 pages.

 Curriculum Vita


All US applicants wishing to be considered for financial aid should fill
out the appropriate section of
the GIAC online application. International applicants should fill out
the Application for Financial Aid.
See the GIAC website for details of financial aid, particularly
University Fellowships, Research
Internships, Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships, and
University Employment Services.


DIRECTOR of WOMEN'S STUDIES: Desley Deacon, American Studies and



Campus address: Master's Program, Center for Women's Studies, Walter
Webb Hall (WWH) 401; Campus Mail
A4900; phone (512) 471-5765, fax (512) 475-8146

Mailing address: Master's Program, Center for Women's Studies, 405 West
25th Street, Suite 401,
University of Texas at Austin, Austin Texas 78705



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