The certificate program requires 15 credits of coursework in gender and women's studies. Students can tailor the certificate to reflect their interest, compliment their major or plan for graduate or professional school.
Intent to pursue the certificate must be declared by meeting with the Department of Gender and Women's Studies undergraduate advisor as early as possible in the certificate program.
GEN&WS Certificate Requirements
15 credits to include at least 12 credits in GEN&WS, to include: 1, 2
|Humanities credits in GEN&WS||3|
|Social Science credits in GEN&WS||3|
|Natural or Biological science credits in GEN&WS||3|
residence & quality of work
2.000 GPA in all certificate credits
9 credits at the intermediate or advanced level
8 credits in residence
Courses taken pass/fail do not apply to the certificate.
Humanities courses in GEN&WS
Course List Code Title Credits GEN&WS 101 Gender, Women, and Cultural Representation 3 GEN&WS/SOC 200 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer+ Studies 3-4 GEN&WS/LITTRANS 205 Women in Russian Literature in Translation 3-4 GEN&WS/AFROAMER 221 Introduction to Black Women's Studies 3 GEN&WS/AFROAMER 222 Introduction to Black Women Writers 3 GEN&WS/ENGL 248 Women in Ethnic American Literature 3 GEN&WS/ENGL 250 Women in Literature 3 GEN&WS/LITTRANS 270 German Women Writers in Translation 3 GEN&WS/RELIG ST 305 Women, Gender and Religion 3 GEN&WS 310 Special Topics in Gender, Women and the Humanities 1-3 GEN&WS/HISTORY 315 Gender, Race and Colonialism 3 GEN&WS 319 Study Abroad Special Topic: Gender, Women and the Humanities 3-4 GEN&WS/AFROAMER 324 Black Women in America: Reconstruction to the Present 3 GEN&WS/AFROAMER 326 Race and Gender in Post-World War II U.S. Society 3 GEN&WS 330 Topics in Gender/Class/Race/Ethnicity (Humanities) 3 GEN&WS/CHICLA 332 Latinas: Self Identity and Social Change 3 GEN&WS 340 Topics in LGBTQ Sexuality 3 GEN&WS 342 Transgender Studies 3-4 GEN&WS 343 Queer Bodies 3 GEN&WS/HISTORY 346 Trans/Gender in Historical Perspective 3-4 GEN&WS/ENGL 350 Special Topics in Gender & Literature 3 GEN&WS/CLASSICS 351 Women and Gender in the Classical World 3-4 GEN&WS/HISTORY 353 Women and Gender in the U.S. to 1870 3-4 GEN&WS/AFROAMER 367 Art and Visual Culture: Women of the African Diaspora and Africa 3 GEN&WS 370 Topics in Gender and Disability 3 GEN&WS 371 Disability and Gender in Film 3 GEN&WS 372 Visualizing Bodies 3 GEN&WS 373 Gender & the Cultural Politics of Illness 3 GEN&WS/ENGL 401 Race, Sex, and Texts (How to do things with writing) 3 GEN&WS 414 Gender, Performance, and Sexuality 3 GEN&WS/THEATRE 415 Introduction to Contemporary Feminist Theatre and Criticism 3 GEN&WS/COM ARTS 418 Gender, Sexuality, and the Media 3 GEN&WS/ENGL 419 Gender and Language 3 GEN&WS/FOLKLORE 428 Gender and Expressive Culture 3 GEN&WS/AMER IND/ANTHRO/FOLKLORE 437 American Indian Women 3 GEN&WS 441 Contemporary Feminist Theories 3 GEN&WS 442 Lesbian Culture 3 GEN&WS 445 The Body in Theory 3 GEN&WS 449 Special Topics in Feminism and Social and Cultural Theory 3 GEN&WS/PORTUG 450 Brazillian Women Writers 3 GEN&WS/PORTUG 460 Carmen Miranda 3 GEN&WS/ASIAN AM/ENGL 463 Race and Sexuality in American Literature 3 GEN&WS/ASIAN AM/ENGL 464 Asian American Women Writers 3 GEN&WS/FOLKLORE 468 Feminism, Folklore and Comparative Literature 3 GEN&WS/HISTORY 519 Sexuality, Modernity and Social Change 3 GEN&WS/HIST SCI/MED HIST 524 The Medical History of Sex and Sexuality 3 GEN&WS/HIST SCI/MED HIST 532 The History of the (American) Body 3 GEN&WS/ENGL 545 Feminist Theory and Women's Writing in English 3 GEN&WS 547 Theorizing Intersectionality 3 GEN&WS/AFROAMER 624 African American Women's Activism (19th & 20th Centuries) 3 GEN&WS/AFROAMER 625 Gender, Race and the Civil Rights Movement 3 GEN&WS/AFROAMER 677 Critical and Theoretical Perspectives in Black Women's Writings 3 GEN&WS/AFROAMER 679 Visual Culture, Gender and Critical Race Theory 3 ENGL 443 Outstanding Figure(s) in Literature since 1800 (Virginia Woolf) 3 ENGL 538 Women's Traditions in the Novel 3 FOLKLORE/GEN&WS 468 Feminism, Folklore and Comparative Literature 3 HISTORY 275 Topics in LGBT History 3 HISTORY 221 Explorations in American History (H) (Gender) 3-4 SCAND ST 420 The Woman in Scandinavian Literature 4 CLASSICS 373 Topics in Classical Culture (Sex and Power) 1-3
Social Science courses in GEN&WS
Course List Code Title Credits GEN&WS 102 Gender, Women, and Society in Global Perspective 3 GEN&WS/SOC 200 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer+ Studies 3-4 GEN&WS/C&E SOC/SOC 215 Gender and Work in Rural America 3 GEN&WS 320 Special Topics in Gender, Women and Society 1-3 GEN&WS/AFROAMER 323 Gender, Race and Class: Women in U.S. History 3 GEN&WS 329 Study Abroad Special Topic: Gender, Women in Society 3-4 GEN&WS 331 Topics in Gender/Class/Race/Ethnicity (Social Sciences) 3 GEN&WS/AFROAMER 333 Black Feminisms 3 GEN&WS 340 Topics in LGBTQ Sexuality 3 GEN&WS/HISTORY 353 Women and Gender in the U.S. to 1870 3-4 GEN&WS/HISTORY 354 Women and Gender in the U.S. Since 1870 3-4 GEN&WS/HISTORY 392 Women and Gender in Modern Europe 3-4 GEN&WS/COM ARTS 418 Gender, Sexuality, and the Media 3 GEN&WS 420 Women in Cross-Societal Perspective 3 GEN&WS/LEGAL ST 422 Women and the Law 3 GEN&WS 424 Women's International Human Rights 3 GEN&WS/LEGAL ST/SOC 425 Crime, Gender and Justice 3 GEN&WS 426 Women and Grassroots Politics Across the Globe 3 GEN&WS 427 Global Feminisms 3 GEN&WS 441 Contemporary Feminist Theories 3 GEN&WS/ANTHRO 443 Anthropology by Women 3 GEN&WS 446 Queer of Color Critique 3 GEN&WS 449 Special Topics in Feminism and Social and Cultural Theory 3 GEN&WS/POLI SCI 469 Women and Politics 3-4 GEN&WS 472 3 GEN&WS/SOC 477 Feminism and Sociological Theory 3 GEN&WS/PSYCH 522 Psychology of Women and Gender 3 GEN&WS 534 Gender, Sexuality, and Reproduction: Public Health Perspectives 3 GEN&WS 536 Queering Sexuality Education 3 GEN&WS/HIST SCI 537 Childbirth in the United States 3 GEN&WS/ED POL 560 Gender and Education 3 GEN&WS/SOC 611 Gender, Science and Technology 3
Natural and Biological science Courses in GEN&WS
Course List Code Title Credits GEN&WS 103 Women and Their Bodies in Health and Disease 3 GEN&WS 530 Biology and Gender 3 3 GEN&WS/HIST SCI/MED HIST 531 Women and Health in American History 3 3 GEN&WS 533 Special Topics in Women and Health 3 3 GEN&WS/INTL ST 535 Women's Global Health and Human Rights 3 3
GEN&WS 103 Women and Their Bodies in Health and Disease is a prerequisite for all upper-level biology and health courses in gender and women's studies.
Undergraduate/Special Student Certificates
This certificate may be completed within the context of an undergraduate degree or as a Special student after an undergraduate degree has been awarded from any institution. The certificate may be completed in its entirety while enrolled as a Special student. Candidates are encouraged to contact the certificate coordinator to discuss course enrollment and the sequencing of certificate requirements.
1. Knowledge of core concepts of gender and women’s studies, including: gender, intersectionality, feminist theory, epistemology, class, race/ethnicity, global processes, sexuality, disability & embodiment, health and science, and contemporary and historical issues.
2. Intellectual and practical skills relating to gender and women’s studies, including: problem solving, interdisciplinarity, critical thinking, writing, oral communication, collaboration, and creativity.
3. Personal and social responsibility anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges. This category may include things like developing critical self and social awareness, applying ethical frameworks, learning through engaged practices.
4. Integrative learning demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills and responsibilities to new settings and complex problems. Understand and recognize the importance of the relationship between Gender & Women’s Studies and various other disciplines and fields of study.
To meet with the Gender and Women's Studies undergraduate advisor during the academic year:
Please visit the undergraduate advisor's calendar for the gender and women's studies (GEN&WS) certificate to make an appointment. To declare a major or certificate, please plan on a 15-minute appointment. Otherwise, schedule the time of a meeting according to your needs. Drop-in advising is also available.
There is no undergraduate advising available over the summer in GEN&WS.
Faculty Affiliates: See the GEN&WS Faculty Affiliates for more information about instructors on campus who are engaged in feminist-inspired teaching and research.
Lecturers and TEACHING ASSISTANTS
See the current semester's GEN&WS Lecturers and Teaching Assistants directory.
UNDERgraduate Student SErvices
Academic Advising: Susan Nelson
Enrollment Inquiries: Diane Walton
Curricular Planning: Nina Valeo Cooke