The certificate program requires 15 credits of coursework in gender and women's studies. Students can tailor the certificate to reflect their interest, complement their major or plan for graduate or professional school. 

Intent to pursue the certificate can be declared by meeting with the Department of Gender and Women's Studies undergraduate advisor or completing this online declaration form. Declaring the certificate as early as possible allows students to best align certificate coursework with their interests.


Requirements for the Certificate

15 credits of which at least 12 credits are in GEN&WS courses, to include: 1



Natural and Biological science


Additional courses in GEN&WS to reach 15 credits for the certificate6
Total Credits6


  • 2.000 GPA in all certificate credits
  • 9 credits at the intermediate or advanced level
  • 8 credits in residence

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. 

The Department of Gender and Women's Studies developed the following learning outcomes for undergraduate certificate students:

  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.

Undergraduate Advising for the Gender and Women's Studies certificate

Connecting and working with the undergraduate advisor in Gender and Women's Studies as early as possible helps you create a meaningful course plan and stay on track as you complete the certificate requirements.

The undergraduate advisor is available to consult on a variety of topics including: declaring the certificate, course selection, study abroad, volunteer and internship opportunities on campus and in the community, applying to graduate programs, and preparing for the job market after graduation.


Professors Jill Casid, Finn Enke, Christine Garlough, Jenny Higgins, Janet Hyde, Maria Lepowsky, Aili Mari Tripp

Associate Professors Judith Houck, Pernille Ipsen, Keisha Lindsay, Ellen Samuels, Sami Schalk

Assistant Professors Chris Barcelos, Anna Campbell, LiLi Johnson, James McMaster, Annie Menzel, Marwa Shalaby

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:

Curricular Planning: Nina Valeo Cooke