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What is the Women's Studies Program?

The Women's Studies Program is an interdisciplinary academic program that examines the cultural and social construction of gender, explores the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men.

The University offers a minor in Women's Studies, helping student's interpret concepts of gender and gendered identities in different social, cultural and political contexts. We also participate in the Graduate Certificate Program. Graduate certificates are intended to meet the supplemental post-baccalaureate education needs of professionals.

Women's Studies is also home to The Edna Maynard Gott Memorial Library founded in 1995 honoring Dr. Edna Gott, first woman awarded tenure in the Department of Economics. Materials provided by the College of Human Science and Preston F. Gott (1919-2002), Professor Emeritus of Physics.


The Office of the Provost assists in reclassifying two staff positions in the Women's Studies Program in 1999. Director and Coordinator

2011 - present Charlotte Dunham (Sociology)
2007 - 2010 Laura Calkins (History)
2004 - 2006 Charlotte Dunham (Sociology)
1999 - 2004 Gwen Sorell (Human Development and Family Services)


The Women's Studies Program was developed with one staff position in 1983.

2008 - present Tricia Earl
2004 - 2008 Esther Lichti
1989 - 1999 Gwen Sorell (Human Development and Family Services)
1986 - 1989 Laurie Churchill (Classical and Romance Languages)
1985 - 1986 Nancy Hickerson (Anthropology)
1983 - 1985 Marietta Morrisey (Sociology)

The Women's Studies Program

DOAK Hall Rm 123 & 125
15th & University/MS 2009
Lubbock, TX 79409-2009

T (806) 742.4335

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