Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Graduate Certificate in WGS
A student with a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies will be able to:
- Articulate a complex understanding of gender and sexuality, historically and cross-culturally
- Critically utilize understandings of gender and sexuality in professional, work or civic settings
- Apply leadership skills to civic and community decisions affecting issues of equality
To be accepted into the program, a student must have a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 (based on 4.0). The program is designed to provide further knowledge and credentials for those already in their careers to allow for advancement or to supplement a Master’s degree to demonstrate a secondary area of expertise.
We have made our program as flexible as possible to ensure it fits with other graduate programs of study or can be finished efficiently as a stand-alone certificate. Courses that you take for your graduate degree may also count for your graduate certificate—as long as you are meeting the other requirements. In addition, we do require a civic engagement project but this project is completed as part of your required coursework in WGS 5450.
REQUIRED GRADUATE COURSES (3)
- WGS 5450 Seminar in Gender and Sexuality Studies (3)
This course will be offered every other even fall semester. It will always be offered in an online format. (In the case, you miss this course; we also offer the Feminist Theory and Methods every other odd fall semester. You may substitute WGS for 5250 for WGS 5450 if need be.) We intend for you to score at least a B in this required class. If you don’t, we urge you to take the alternate course, WGS 5250 to ensure you are prepared.
Then you may select from a wide array of electives. As a multi-disciplinary field of study, we want to ensure you have exposure to the different conversations that are occurring in different disciplines about gender and sexuality. Hence, you need to have courses from at least two different prefix areas, other than WGS. Note one of these must be at the 5000 level. Notice some classes may have prerequisites and some classes are only 2 credit hours instead of 3. Some of these classes are online and some are in-class. Just check the schedule carefully when you are enrolling.
GRADUATE ELECTIVES (9) (must have at least two different prefix areas, not WGS, one must be 5000 level).
ANTH 4820 Anthropology of Gender (3)
CFD 4220 Sexuality across the Lifespan (3)
CFD 4850 Family Policy and Advocacy (3)
CFD 5280 Professional Issues in Sexuality Education (3)
CJ 4403 Sexual Assault and the Criminal Justice System (3)
CJ 4920 Women and Crime (3)
COMM 4285 Women and Minorities in the Media (3)
COMM 4335 Gender Communication (3)
ENGL 4560 British Women Writers (3)
ENGL 4660 Women Writers of the United States (3)
HED 4320 Teaching Sexuality Education in the School (3)
HIST 4310 Women in America (3)
HIST 4327 African-American Women, Gender & Childhood (3)
HIST 4419 Women in Modern Europe (3)
NUR 4030 Human Sexuality (2)*
POLS 4581 Civil Rights and Liberties (3)
PSY 4320 Psychology of Women (2)*
SOC 4855 Sociology of Gender and Sexuality (3)
SOC 5870 Seminar in Race, Class, Gender & Sexuality (3)
SOC 5800 Seminar in Inclusion & Marginality in Societies (3)
WS 4910 Special Projects in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies (1-6) (Take 1 hr credit here, if you have a 2 hr course*)
WS 5250 Feminist Theory and Methods (3)
MINIMUM GRADUATE HOUR TOTAL (12)
To apply for the Graduate certificate, you simply need to go to the Graduate School online website and complete their forms. Just mark the box for WGS Graduate Certificate! They will notify me the WGS Director that you have applied. The Director will contact you at that point but feel free to just swing by or email anytime. You don’t have to wait!
Note to International Graduate students
International graduate students may also pursue a graduate certificate degree in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies. To be admitted into the certificate program, you need to be a full time student admitted into one of the degree programs at UCM. The admission into the graduate certificate program is processed by the UCM International Center and the Graduate School cooperatively. Please contact Tina Church (firstname.lastname@example.org) from the Graduate School for more information. The WGS Graduate Certificate is not available as a stand-alone degree for international students.
Interested in a GRADUATE ASSISTANT Position?
WGS does have one 20 hour per week Graduate Assistant position each semester. If you would like to be considered, you will need to apply through the Graduate School. This position is an administrative position, not a teaching or research position. Priority is given to graduate certificate students. Applications are reviewed in March for the following year.