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Graduate Certificate 

Value of Graduate Certificate

The graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) enhances any graduate major by integrating a working knowledge of gender issues with the student's field(s) of study. WGS employs gender as an analytical category, along with race, class, ethnicity, ability, age, nationality, and transnationality to focus on women's contributions to society and the gender implications of cultural, political, and economic processes.

We are engaged in innovative collaborative scholarship, teaching, and service that promotes new knowledge and socially responsible activism. By broadening a student's knowledge base, this interdisciplinary certificate has theoretical and practical applications in scholarship, the workplace, and personal growth and relationships as students become global citizens who value lifelong learning and social justice.

Core Courses

The graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) is an option for students whose interest in women and gender issues leads them toward particular courses and thesis topics in their department / school and for those who seek further work in interdisciplinary feminist theory and methods. This graduate certificate requires a 12-hour course of study. Required courses include:

  • WGS 400 - Independent Research in Women's and Gender Studies 
  • WGS 490 - Feminist Theories and Methodological Issues OR ENG 460 - Feminist Literary Theories 
    • Click here to view a sample syllabus for WGS 490 
    • Click here to view a sample syllabus for ENG 460 
  • 6 hours of electives 

For more information about our curriculum, please review the WGS Graduate Certificate Brochure

Social Work in collaboration with WGS Graduate Certificate 

If you are pursuing a graduate degree in Social Work and would like to enhance your education by also receiving a graduate certificate in WGS, please review the Social Work with WGS Graduate Certificate Brochure.  


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