Newsflash: Texas Woman’s U. to Offer Ph.D. in Women’s Studies

The nation’s largest women’s university (but its programs are open to men) has been approved to offer a Ph.D. in women’s studies. That makes it the first university in Texas and one of only 15 in the country to offer this degree in the field. As women’s studies department chair Claire L. Sahlin put it,

Graduates of the program will be prepared to meet the growing regional, national and international needs for professors of women’s studies and leaders of nongovernmental, social service and research agencies that address women’s issues.

AnaLouise Keating, director of the Ph.D. program, promises “transdisciplinary and transformative dialogue” within the program–which will continue TWU’s longstanding commitment to women’s studies. The school requires all students, regardless of their major, to take three hours of multicultural-women’s studies.

Image by Nickolas Muray in Ladies Home Journal, 1931. Courtesy of George Eastman House Collection.


Michele Kort is senior editor of Ms. She is the author of Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro and coeditor (with Audrey Bilger) of Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage.