Women's Studies Graduate Program

The Program

  • Graduate Certificate (GCP) - The Graduate Certificate Program (GCP) was approved in 2006 by the Texas Tech University Graduate School, TTU Academic Council, and the State of Texas Coordinating Board. Students may pursue this certificate in Women’s Studies as either a graduate minor field or a supplemental post-baccalaureate credential.
  • Master's Degrees - The Women's Studies Program does not currently offer a MA degree, but: With the approval of major department and the Women's Studies Program Advisor, Women's Studies courses may be approved as coursework toward either the major field of the Masters Program or as a minor field (2-3 courses outside the major field, as approved by the Department Chair or Graduate Advisor in the major field/department. Faculty affiliated with the Women's Studies Program may serve on Master's thesis advisory committees, as appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School.
  • Doctoral Degrees - The Women's Studies Program does not currently offer a PhD but: 15 hours of Women's Studies graduate coursework can qualify as a minor field. If so, Women's Studies must be included in the qualifying examination and must be reresented on the student's doctoral committee, as appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School. Individual Women's Studies graduate courses may be included in the coursework required for the major field, upon approval by the research advisor.
  • MA Interdisciplinary Studies - Did You Know? Individual Women's Studies graduate courses might also be approved by major departments toward the coursework requirements of other interdisciplinary graduate degree programs. These include Ethnic Studies, Comparative Literature, and Fine Arts. Consult your graduate advisor to find out more. Of 3 subject areas, one can be Women's Studies. 36 hour non-thesis option: maximum 12 hours in WS prefix or WS approved graduate courses; Students select exam or portfolio review. Thesis option (24 hours plus 6 hours of IS 6000). Faculty commitee organized by Graduate School. Can include Women's Studies affiliated faculty

The Courses

Women’s Studies

Offers a specialist interdisciplinary sub-field in women’s, gender, and identity studies for doctoral and master’s degree candidates. It also functions as a stand-alone credential useful for professionals in nursing, social work, law, healthcare management, and the military, as well as in faith-based organizations and the field of education.

College/Department: Interdisciplinary Studies/Women's Studies

Contact: Dr. Charlotte Dunham, 806.742.4335, charlotte.dunham@ttu.edu

Hours/Courses Required: 15

  • Required:
    • WS 5310
    • WS 5360
  • Elective:

What are Interdisciplinary Studies and Research all about?


How do I apply to the Graduate School?


Who can I talk to about the Women's Studies Program?

Contact the Director Charlotte Dunham, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work, to discuss your plan of action when registering for courses.


What are students saying about our program?

What can I do with a minor in Women's Studies?

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There are *652 women’s and gender studies programs at community colleges, colleges, and universities in the U.S.

* Source: NWSA

Degree Plan

What can I do with this Minor?

For more information on:

All certificate programs, see the TTU Catalog Graduate Certificate Programs page

The Graduate Certificate Program (GCP)

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Prospective Graduate


Women Studies Graduate Advisor:
Charolotte Dunham, PhD
Email: charlotte.dunham@ttu.edu
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