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
Course List Code Title Credits Complete one from: 3 Gender, Women, and Cultural Representation 2 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer+ Studies Women in Russian Literature in Translation Introduction to Black Women's Studies Introduction to Black Women Writers Feminist Approach to Research and Writing Women in Ethnic American Literature Women in Literature German Women Writers in Translation Women, Gender and Religion Special Topics in Gender, Women and the Humanities Gender, Race and Colonialism Study Abroad Special Topic: Gender, Women and the Humanities Black Women in America: Reconstruction to the Present Race and Gender in Post-World War II U.S. Society Topics in Gender/Class/Race/Ethnicity (Humanities) Latinas: Self Identity and Social Change Topics in LGBTQ Sexuality Transgender Studies Queer Bodies Trans/Gender in Historical Perspective Special Topics in Gender & Literature Women and Gender in the Classical World Women and Gender in the U.S. to 1870 Sex and Power in Greece and Rome Art and Visual Culture: Women of the African Diaspora and Africa Topics in Gender and Disability Disability and Gender in Film Visualizing Bodies Gender & the Cultural Politics of Illness Race, Sex, and Texts (How to do things with writing) Contemporary Queer Art and Visual Culture Gender, Performance, and Sexuality Introduction to Contemporary Feminist Theatre and Criticism Gender, Sexuality, and the Media Gender and Expressive Culture American Indian Women Contemporary Feminist Theories The Body in Theory Special Topics in Feminist Theory Brazillian Women Writers Carmen Miranda Race and Sexuality in American Literature Asian American Women Writers Feminism, Folklore and Comparative Literature Sexuality, Modernity and Social Change The History of the (American) Body Feminist Theory and Women's Writing in English Theorizing Intersectionality African American Women's Activism (19th & 20th Centuries) Gender, Race and the Civil Rights Movement Critical and Theoretical Perspectives in Black Women's Writings Visual Culture, Gender and Critical Race Theory Outstanding Figure(s) in Literature since 1800 (Virginia Woolf) Feminism, Folklore and Comparative Literature Topics in LGBT History Explorations in American History (H) (Gender) The Woman in Scandinavian Literature Topics in Classical Culture (Sex and Power) Total Credits 3
Course List Code Title Credits Complete one from: 3 Gender, Women, and Society in Global Perspective 2 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer+ Studies Gender and Work in Rural America Feminist Approach to Research and Writing Special Topics in Gender, Women and Society Gender, Race and Class: Women in U.S. History Study Abroad Special Topic: Gender, Women in Society Topics in Gender/Class/Race/Ethnicity (Social Sciences) Black Feminisms Topics in LGBTQ Sexuality Women and Gender in the U.S. to 1870 Women and Gender in the U.S. Since 1870 Women and Gender in Modern Europe Gender, Sexuality, and the Media Women in Cross-Societal Perspective Women and the Law Women's International Human Rights Crime, Gender and Justice Women and Grassroots Politics Across the Globe Global Feminisms Contemporary Feminist Theories Anthropology by Women Queer of Color Critique Special Topics in Feminist Theory Women and Politics Feminism and Sociological Theory Psychology of Women and Gender Gender, Sexuality, and Reproduction: Public Health Perspectives Queering Sexuality Education Childbirth in the United States Special Topics in Gender and Health Gender and Education Gender, Science and Technology Total Credits 3
Natural and Biological science
Course List Code Title Credits Complete one from: 3 Gender, Women, Bodies, and Health Biology and Gender Women and Health in American History Special Topics in Gender and Biology Women's Global Health and Human Rights Total Credits 3
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Students cannot take courses pass/fail for credit in the certificate.
RESIDENCE & QUALITY OF WORK
- 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:
- 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.
- Intellectual and practical skills relating to gender and women’s studies, including: problem solving, interdisciplinarity, critical thinking, writing, oral communication, collaboration, and creativity.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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
Curricular Planning: Nina Valeo Cooke