What is Women's Studies?
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.
History: The Program
There are * 652 women’s and gender studies programs at community colleges, colleges, and universities in the U.S.
In 1981, the Women’s Studies Program was approved by ASCAP as an interdisciplinary program. Two students decided to pursue the minor that year. As of today, the program has grown to include curriculum for credit toward the Core Curriculum in the area of the Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Additionally, since 2006 the Women’s Studies Program participates in the Graduate Certificate Program (GCP), offering a specialist inter-disciplinary sub-field in women’s, gender, and identity studies for doctoral and master’s degree candidates. The GCP also functions as a stand-alone credential useful for professionals.
If you are interested in adding to your critical thinking skills and focusing on a career that intersects multiple perspectives of diversity, our program will be a good addition to your academic plan. For more information see the following:
* Source: “Mapping Women’s and Gender Studies: A National Census of Women’s and Gender Studies Programs in U.S. Institutions of Higher Education”, NORC Project 6433.01.62, Dec. 2007, The National Women’s Studies Association: http://www.nwsa.org/PAD/database/index.php
Evolution of Women's & Gender Studies
The first accredited Women's Studies course was held in 1969 at Cornell University. The first two Women's Studies Programs in the United States were established in 1970 at San Diego State College (now San Diego State University) and SUNY-Buffalo. The SDSU program was initiated after a year of intense organizing of women's consciousness raising groups, rallies, petition circulating, and operating unofficial or experimental classes and presentations before seven committees and assemblies
The evolution of the discipline, and its status in academe today, are the subjects
of the essays in The Evolution of American Women's Studies: Reflections on Triumphs, Controversies
and Change (Palgrave Macmillan). Alice E. Ginsberg, an education consultant who edited the volume,
responded to questions about its themes, citing the authors of essays in the collection.
Read more: Inside Higher Ed (2009)
What are students saying about Women's Studies at Texas Tech?
Currently the program consist of one Director and one Unit Coordinator with student assistants working on a semester-by-semester basis.
Boards and Councils
Our Women's Studies Advisory Council consist of faculty, staff and students of the University. The purpose of the Women’s Studies Council is to advise the Director of the program and enable all members of the University community to participate in and be informed about the Women’s Studies Program.
The Director also coordinate the Gender Equity Council (Office of the President)
Since the Fall of 2010, we are part of the Division of Institutional Diversity Equity & Community Engagement.
Go to the Timeline here
Miscellaneous Career Information
- WorldWideLearn Guide for Women's Studies Major
- Ms. Magazine Article on Women's Studies
- Artemis Guide to Women's Studies Programs in the US
- Feminism & Women's Studies
- Center for the Study of Women in Society
- National Organization for Women
- Global List of Women's Organizations (listed by country)
- Women's Studies on the Edge
- Joan Wallach.Scott - Duke University Press - 2008
- Transforming Scholarship:Wwhy Women's and Gender Studies Students are Changing Themselves and the World
- Michele TracyBerger - Cheryl Radeloff - Routledge - 2011
- Feminisms Matter: Debates, Theories, Activism
- Victoria L.Bromley - University of Toronto Press - 2012
- The world split open: how the modern women's movement changed America
- Ruth Rosen - Viking - 2000
- Sister outsider: essays and speeches
- Audre Lorde - Crossing Press - 1984
- Full frontal feminism: a young woman's guide to why feminism matters
- Jessica Valenti - Seal Press - 2007
- Teaching to transgress: education as the practice of freedom
- bell hooks - Routledge - 1994
- Different daughters: a history of the Daughters of Bilitis and the rise of the lesbian rights movement
- Marcia M.Gallo - Carroll & Graf Publishers - 2006
- Guyland: the perilous world where boys become men
- Michael S.Kimmel - Harper - 2008
- Girls speak out: finding your true self
- Andrea Johnston - Scholastic Press - 1997
Links of interest
Women's Studies Council
The purpose of the Women’s Studies Council is to advise the Director of the program and enable all members of the University community to participate in and be informed about the Women’s Studies Program.