The 15-credit graduate certificate in women and gender studies enables students interested in an academic career to enrich their research and analytical skills. Students interested in a professional career are prepared to address gender-related challenges in both domestic and global settings. The certificate adds an area of specialization to any graduate degree, giving students a competitive edge in the world of work.
The certificate may be taken alone or in conjunction with another graduate program. Courses applied to the certificate may also be applied to a degree program, subject to approval of the graduate director of the respective program.
The graduate certificate in women and gender studies may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.
In accordance with university policy, students may transfer up to 3 graduate credits earned at another accredited institution to the certificate program with the approval of the director of the program and the dean. They may transfer up to 9 graduate credits earned at Mason in nondegree status toward the certificate, subject to approval of the director and the dean.
Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2013-2014)
In addition to meeting the following requirements for this certificate, students must meet the university requirements for all graduate certificates.
Two required courses (6 credits)
WMST 630 - Feminist Theories across the Disciplines Credits: 3
WMST 640 - Women and Global Issues Credits: 3
Three electives (9 credits) chosen from relevant courses with approval of the director
These credits may be from departments across the university that address the study of women and gender, courses in the Women and Gender Studies Program, and appropriate directed readings or independent study courses.
Students synthesize their work in the certificate program by reflecting on how issues, ideas, and theories raised in the core courses inform their understanding of gender issues within their area of interest. The portfolio includes three to five items produced in previous course work and a 7- to 10-page essay discussing them. Items selected may include course papers, performance videos, photos of exhibits, tapes of music, or other items as agreed on by the student and advisor. The portfolio must be approved by the advisor and submitted to the Women and Gender Studies where it will be presented, displayed, and archived.
Total: 15 Credits
Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.