Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies

Catalog Year: 2023-2024

Banner Code: LA-CERG-WGST

The graduate certificate 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.

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.

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

WMST 630 Feminist Theories 3
WMST 640 Transnational Issues of Gender and Race 3
Total Credits 6


Select 9 credits from the following: 9
Gender and Social Structure
Qualitative Research Methods
Research for Social Change
Critical Race Studies
Representations of Race
Contemporary Issues in Social Justice Human Rights
Gender and Violence
Other special topics course with the approval of the graduate director
Total Credits 9

Capstone Portfolio

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 coursework 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.

WMST 699 Capstone Portfolio 0