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&WS3
Social Science credits in GEN&WS3
Natural or Biological science credits in GEN&WS3
Additional credits6
Total Credits15

residence & quality of work

2.000 GPA in all certificate credits

9 credits at the intermediate or advanced level

8 credits in residence


course lists

Humanities courses in GEN&WS

Social Science courses in GEN&WS

Natural and Biological science Courses in GEN&WS

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.


Professors Jill Casid, Finn Enke, Susan Friedman, Christine Garlough, Janet Hyde, Maria Lepowsky, Myra Marx Ferree, Aili Mari Tripp

Associate Professors Jenny Higgins, Judith Houck, Pernille Ipsen, Ellen Samuels,

Assistant Professors Chris Barcelos, Keisha Lindsay, Annie Menzel, Sami Schalk

Faculty Affiliates: See the GEN&WS Faculty Affiliates for more information about instructors on campus who are engaged in feminist-inspired teaching and research.


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