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.

GWS 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 credits in GEN&WS6
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



 Students may apply only one of GEN&WS 101 Gender, Women, and Cultural Representation or GEN&WS 102 Gender, Women, and Society in Global Perspective to the certificate.


Courses taken pass/fail do not apply to the certificate.

course lists

Humanities courses in GEN&WS

Social Science courses in GEN&WS

Natural and Biological science Courses in GEN&WS


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. 

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 (GWS) 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 GWS.


Professors: Finn Enke, Susan Friedman, Janet Hyde, Maria Lepowsky, Myra Marx Ferree, Aili Mari Tripp

Associate and Assistant Professors: Christine Garlough, Jenny Higgins, Judith Houck, Pernille Ipsen, Ellen Samuels, Keisha Lindsay

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


See the current semester's directory of GWS lecturers and teaching assistants.

UNDERgraduate Student SErvices

Academic Advising: Susan Nelson

Enrollment Inquiries: Diane Walton

Curricular Planning: Nina Valeo Cooke