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Ph.D. in Women's Studies
We offer the first Ph.D. in Women's Studies in the South Central region of the U.S. As the largest public university primarily for women in the United States and one of the most diverse institutions of higher education in the nation, Texas Woman’s University gives doctoral students a unique opportunity to combine social-justice issues with multicultural, transformational scholarship.
Doctoral degree recipients will emerge from this program grounded in a rigorous graduate school education and equipped with effective communication skills, the ability to think holistically and critically, and transformative teaching and leadership techniques. As part of our unique transdisciplinary focus, students will obtain a deep understanding of the different forms that scholarly production, research methodologies, and pedagogies take in various academic disciplines in the humanities and sciences. They will use this knowledge to create new dialogues among academic disciplines. For additional information about the curriculum and other requirements, please see the Ph.D. Graduate Handbook: Women's Studies PhD Handbook [pdf]
Through a multicultural and transdisciplinary curriculum, the Ph.D. degree program helps to shape the field of Women's Studies for the twenty-first century. The Ph.D. program includes the following distinctive features:
- A rigorous and flexible curriculum that incorporates required core courses, qualifying examinations on pedagogy and transdisciplinary studies, an area of concentration, and research tools
- A dual emphasis on teaching and publications, thus preparing candidates for a range of possible academic positions
- A curriculum that builds upon existing strengths of the Women's Studies faculty and graduate courses in many departments throughout TWU
- A doctoral cohort of 6 to 8 new students per year to help ensure quality of instruction, personalized mentoring, and close supervision of research
The doctoral degree in Women's Studies at TWU revitalizes academic life by producing new forms of knowledge through transdisciplinary and transformative dialogue among faculty and students in diverse disciplines.
Full-time doctoral students in Women's Studies will be considered for university-wide scholarships and graduate teaching assistantships. TWU offers many teaching opportunities in Women's Studies each semester. Information about graduate assistantships can be found on the Graduate School website.
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