Graduate Certificate - Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The graduate certificate in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies is a 12-14 hour program available to graduate students in any field of study across the university.

Its purpose is to enhance a disciplinary graduate degree with specialization in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students in this program explore the influence of gender and other social differences on the production and dissemination of knowledge.

Masters and doctoral students who earn a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies gain an advantage in a highly competitive job market. In the worlds of business, public service, government, education, and fine arts, job candidates with knowledge of how gender, sexuality, and cultural difference function in their area of expertise may stand out in a crowded field. Perhaps even more important is the intellectually stimulating experience of thinking across and outside disciplinary parameters. Sharing these inquiries with students from other fields creates a rich supplement to a discipline-centered degree program.

Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate may have the opportunity to teach WGS 201, Introduction to Women's Studies. The high quality of this pedagogical program is reflected in the fact that 5 graduate student teachers of WGS have earned graduate teaching awards in recent years.