Advising is a process through which students examine themselves, explore their opportunities, determine their best-fit educational paths, and develop action plans for achieving their university degrees. Academic advisors facilitate this process. Additionally, advisors advocate for students in the university system, serve as resource brokers for the university community, and help students thrive in a large university setting.
WGS Advisors are responsible for giving you information regarding your degree plan
(Undergraduate/Graduate Minor or Graduate Certificate), monitoring your progress,
and helping you in areas such as scholarships, transfer of credit, etc.
All students should make plans to meet with their Advisor, prior to advance registration, if they need to review their degree progress, discuss schedule planning, and address any questions or concerns student may have in their educational experience.
Other Academic Advising Resources
- Advising Calendar
- Advising Center at Texas Tech
- Advising Center Parent Resources
- Advising Center Student Resource Guide
- General Academic Advising and Support
What Can I Do with this Minor/Certificate?
This is not an uncommon question for all students when they begin to choose their major/minor for their degree. Although, for students that choose to minor in Women's & Gender Studies the question seems to be more persistently asked. It is difficult to get a picture of women's studies as a field due to the number of graduates out in the workforce and the kinds of career paths being chosen. Women's Studies prepares graduates to work in various careers that may or may not be specific to a particular expectation such as other fields of study that may train for a specific career path.
WGS offers a student a unique set of skills learned through women's studies programs: empowerment, self-confidence, critical thinking, building community, and understanding differences and intersections among racism, homophobia, sexism, classism, ableism, anti-Semitism and other types of oppression.
Below is a list of resources to review to further answer this question.
- WSP Career Guide - TTU Women's & Gender Studies
- Connecting Majors/Minors with careers - TTU Career Center
- Mapping Women's and Gender Studies Data Collection - NWSA report
- "The Evolution of the American Women's Studies" - Inside Higher Ed
- What can I do with a Women's Studies degree? - Ms. Magazine
- National Women's Studies Association - Defining Women's & Gender Studies
There are *652 women's and gender studies programs at community colleges, colleges, and universities in the U.S.
* Source: NWSA
What can I do with this Minor?
You should see the advisor at least once a year - a short meeting with him/her may save you time and money.
- All students are required to meet with Women's & Gender Studies Academic Advisor(s), each semester prior to advance registration to review their degree progress, discuss schedule planning, and address any questions or concerns the student may have in their educational experience.
Catalogs & Course Descriptions
- Undergraduate Advisor
- Graduate Advisor