The graduate certificate in women and gender studies may be taken alone or in conjunction with another graduate program. Courses applied to the certificate may be applied to a degree program, subject to approval of the director of the respective program.
For policies governing all graduate certificates, see Academic Policies.
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 in accordance with university policy.
The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.
WMST 640 - Women and Global Issues Credits: 3
Students choose from relevant courses subject to the approval of the director. These courses 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 7-10 page essay discussing them. The portfolio may include course papers, performance videos, photos of exhibits, music, or other items as agreed on by the student and advisor. The portfolio must be approved by the graduate advisor and submitted to the Women and Gender Studies Program, where it will be presented, displayed, and archived.