Department of Women's and Gender Studies

Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program of study which examines the significance and consequences of gender as a cultural category that shapes the experiences and knowledge of individuals and communities. Women's and Gender Studies is grounded in feminist and gender theories that re-conceptualize and re-contextualize ideas and experiences as well as knowledge and knowledge production. This field of study allows for an in-depth exploration of the sociocultural, economic, and political implications of gender, race, class, ability, sexuality, and power relations - past, present, and cross-culturally.

Our faculty have expertise in areas of women's and gender studies connected to literature, education, cultural studies, disability studies, film, digital media, and law. Affiliated faculty in other departments include scholars in History, Sociology, Political Science, English, Economics, Foreign Languages, Communication, Anthropology, and Philosophy.

The goal of the Certificate program is to offer a formal program of study for graduate students who seek to include Women’s and Gender Studies as a specific area of concentration in their graduate studies.

The Certificate Program in Women’s and Gender Studies is flexible and designed to accommodate both full-time and part-time graduate students. The courses required for the certificate include evening, hybrid and online courses.

The Certificate consists of 15 hours of graduate study. Research & Methods is required for the Certificate. Our courses expose students to interdisciplinary research and training focused on issues and topics in Women’s and Gender Studies. If you are interested in also completing a Master's Degree, you can apply the Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies toward a Master of Liberal Studies degree.

Request to Add a Graduate Certificate Program

If you are currently enrolled in a degree seeking program and wish to earn a certificate while pursuing this degree, please complete the Request to Add a Graduate Certificate form. Click here for complete instructions and form.

If you are not currently enrolled in a degree seeking program but wish to earn a certificate, please complete the Graduate Online application. Click here to apply online.

Last Updated: 6/26/15