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TWU becomes first university in Texas to offer a Ph.D. in Women’s Studies

DENTON — The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board gave approval today for Texas Woman’s University — the nation’s largest university primarily for women — to offer a Ph.D. in women’s studies starting this fall.

TWU is the now the first university in Texas, the only university in the south central region and one of only 12 institutions in the country to offer this doctoral degree. For more information, visit

“This new doctoral program will enhance TWU’s role as a leader in women’s studies education,” said Dr. Claire L. Sahlin, chair of the TWU Department of Women’s Studies. “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.”

TWU has a longstanding commitment to women’s studies, with many firsts for Texas — the first freestanding women’s studies program, the first university to offer full-time faculty positions specifically in women’s studies, the first tenured faculty members in
women’s studies and the first department of women’s studies.

“The new TWU doctoral degree in women’s studies will help shape the field of women’s studies for the twenty-first century through transdisciplinary and transformative dialogue among faculty and students in diverse disciplines,” said Dr. AnaLouise Keating, professor and director of TWU’s Ph.D. in women’s studies program.

Full-time doctoral students admitted to the program will be eligible for TWU scholarships and graduate teaching assistantships. For admissions information, email or call (940) 898-2119.

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