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The Department of Women’s Studies at TWU offers an exciting multicultural curriculum that integrates diverse perspectives and critically applies feminist/womanist scholarship on behalf of social justice. 

TWU is the largest public university primarily for women in the United States and one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in the nation.

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Films for the Feminist Classroom

Films for the Feminist Classroom
(Still from against a trans narrative (Jules Rosskam, 2009). Used with permission.)

We are thrilled to announce the publication of the spring/summer 2014 issue of Films for the Feminist Classroom: http://ffc.twu.edu/, which is the first published through the Department of Women’s Studies at Texas Woman’s University, with additional support from the Office of Technology. Among the films featured in this issue, several challenge us to rethink the labels we use to frame gender through discourses about the categories of intersex, transgender, and transsexual. We are pleased, as well, to offer transnational perspectives regarding issues such as democracy, economy, sex trafficking, military violence, and reproductive justice. In addition to film reviews, this issue features two lesson plans that draw on different text and visual media as well as a film festival review.

Book-in-Common Program

Book in Common LogoThe Book-in-Common program promotes an appreciation for diversity and multicultural perspectives through reading. For more information and to see the current book selection, visit The Pioneer Center for Student Excellence.  More about "Book-in-Common Program"

Why Women's Studies?

Student holding sign reading To Understand the MisunderstoodFind out why undergraduate students appreciate their multicultural-women's studies courses.

Watch the Why Women's Studies slideshow.


Women's Studies News

Transformation Now!
http://wtulnews.tumblr.com/post/85651378661/ana-louise-keating-author-and-professor-speaks  Women's Studies professor, Dr. AnaLouise Keating speaks about her new book Transformation Now!  in an interview with WTUL News and Views.

"The Promise of Post-Oppositional Politics:  A Preliminary Conversation" by Layli Maparyan and Women's Studies professor, Dr. AnaLouise Keating on the feministwirehttp://thefeministwire.com/2014/04/post-oppositional-politics/

Congratulations to Women's Studies doctoral student, Lindsey Bartgis and master's graduate, Erica Granados-De La Rosa were selected for inclusion in Who's Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges for 2014.

Together with Julie R. Enszer, Women's Studies Assistant Professor, Dr. Agatha Beins recently published "'We Couldn't Get Them Printed,' So We Learned to Print: Ain't I a Woman? and the Iowa City Women's Press," in Frontiers:  A Journal of Women Studies 34 (2013): 186-221, http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/frontiers/v034/34.2.beins.pdf.

Women's Studies master's student, Daisy Salinas, was recently interviewed on the Spanish-language television network "Telemundo" about being a feminist activist, a graduate student of women's studies, and a zine publisher.  The story was called "Historia De Una Mujer Feminista" which translates to "The Story of a Feminist Woman".

Sam S. Schmitt, Women's Studies Ph.D. student, recently published an article, "Checking Our Privilege, Working Together: Notes on the Virtual Trans* Community, Truscum Blogs, and the Politics of Transgender HealthCare" was recently featured on The Feminist Wire. http://thefeministwire.com/2013/07/checking-our-privilege-working-together-notes-on-virtual-trans-communities-truscum-blogs-and-the-politics-of-transgender-health-care/

Audrey Lundahl, Women's Studies Ph.D. student, published an article in Thefeministwire.com. The article was titled "My Tattoos Are Not An Invitation."  Here's the link: http://thefeministwire.com/2013/07/my-tattoos-are-not-an-invitation/

Women's Studies Ph.D. student, Lauren Cross published a chapter entitled "Mothers-For-Natural-Hair: The Afro-Cyberella's Social Media Guide to Afrocentric Hair" in Mothering and Literacies. Eds. Amanda B. Richey and Linda Shuford Evans.  Bradford, ON: Demeter Press, 2013. 221-236. Print.

Sheila Bustillos Reynolds, Women's Studies Ph.D. student, spoke on "Texas Reach - Past, Present, Future" at the 4th Annual Texas Reach Conference.  Texas Reach is about to be a 501c3non-profit entity that  facilitates the sharing of information for foster care alumni in higher education between foster care service providers and higher education administrators, faculty, and staff. 

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Reasons to Choose Our Graduate Program

One of the most diverse universities in the nation, TWU offers the only M.A. in Women's Studies in the Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex region.  Our classes are small in size, thereby encouraging discussion, dialogue, and engaged learning. More about “Reasons to Choose Our Graduate Program”...

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Women's Studies Students Say...

"Graduating from the Women's Studies Program of Texas Woman's University has been the most important and empowering aspect of my entire college education." More about “Women's Studies Students Say...”...

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Articles Related to Women's Studies

Read American Association of University Professors article titled
"Why STEM Students Need Gender Studies": 

Read Ms. Magazine's article from Women's Studies alumni, Tara Conley, titled "The Pinterest Problem"

Read Ms. Magazine's newsflash on our new Ph.D. in Women's Studies!

Ms. Magazine's "2009 Guide to Women's Studies"

"Transform The World" - What can you do with a degree in women's studies," Ms. Magazine

"The Evolution of American Women's Studies," www.insidehighered.com