What is Women's Studies?
The Women's Studies concentration in the Interdisciplinary Studies master's program allows students to explore the role gender plays in the human experience and how race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation and age impact these experiences as well.
How could Women's Studies help me?
A concentration in Women's Studies provides advanced training and skills for both the workplace and nonprofit organizations. The employment outlooks provides flexible options for a career as it can prepare students for jobs in Advocacy, Counseling, Human rights, Law, and health. Other career options such as jornalism, politics, science and teaching can be considered although it may not directly focus on this study.
How does it work?
The Women's Studies concentration is unlike both the self-styled plan and the Interactive & Virtual Digital Communication program in that you do not need to choose three separate areas of study. Instead, you will choose from an array of courses in the program itself and other departments. Every Women's Studies student is required to complete WMST 5200 - Contemporary Issues in Global Feminism. Other approved courses are posted on the Women's Studies website here.
Courses are provided from a variety of disciplines as well as from the Women's Studies program itself. This structure allows students to tailor their course work to their career goals and creates a wide network of faculty interaction across campus. Courses examine women’s roles, activities and experiences through history and across cultures. The program expands understanding of gender differences, cultural diversity and social change through critical analysis and community interaction.
One course, WMST 5200 - Gender and Globalization, is required, and internships are encouraged. A total of 30 credit hours is required for either the Master of Arts or the Master of Science. Students may choose to complete the degree with a thesis (24 semester hours plus 6 hours of thesis) or take the full 30 hours in course work and complete one of the non-thesis options.
For further information about a concentration in Women's Studies at UNT, please contact the Interdisciplinary Studies program coordinator Eva Ruiz-DuVall at INSD@unt.edu or 940-565-4787.