Women's and Gender Studies (CERT)

Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies (WGSTNON)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (GA)
Department: Women's and Gender Studies
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Program Information

The Women's and Gender Studies graduate certificate is a 15-credit hour program for students who have completed a BS or BA degree in any field. Students with no prior coursework in Women's and Gender Studies may be required to take classes in preparation for admission to the certificate program.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies is open to any student who has completed a BA or BS degree with a 3.0 overall GPA. Students may pursue the certificate outside the framework of a graduate degree program or in conjunction with a graduate degree program in another University of Louisville department.

Students wishing to pursue the certificate must apply for admission to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies by:

  1. Completing a School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies application form and submitting the application fee, and
  2. Submitting an official transcript reflecting previous degrees earned.

Students must also send directly to Women's and Gender Studies a one-to-two page letter of intent, describing how the Women's and Gender Studies graduate certificate will further their personal or professional goals.

Students wishing to pursue the graduate certificate in conjunction with a graduate degree program in another University of Louisville department should first apply and be admitted to the degree program before applying for admission to the Women's and Gender Studies graduate certificate program.

Program Requirements

  1. Students must complete a total of 15 credit hours in courses approved for graduate credit in accordance with the policies of the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, approved by the Women's and Gender Studies director of graduate studies.
  2. One course among the 15 credit hours must be WGST 601, WGST 602, or WGST 603.
  3. At least two courses must be at the 600-level.
  4. Courses must be chosen from both humanities and social sciences disciplines, with consultation of Women's and Gender Studies director of graduate studies.
  5. Students pursuing the Women's and Gender Studies certificate in conjunction with a graduate degree program must take at least one course outside of the department in which the student is pursuing the degree.
  6. A single course may satisfy more than one requirement.
  7. Coursework toward the graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Stuides may also count toward the student's graduate degree.
Required Coursework for the Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies
Choose one of the following:3
Feminist Research in the Humanities
Feminist Research and Methods in the Social Sciences
History of U.S. Feminisms
Choose one course from outside of the department3
Choose coursework from the following:9
Humanities Courses
Gender and Popular Music - WR
Language, Race, Class, and Gender
Language, Race, Class and Gender
Feminist Philosophical Literature
Feminist Philosophical Literature
Francophone Women Writers - WR
Francophone Women Writers - WR
Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: Humanities
Women's Personal Narratives
Women's Personal Narratives - CUE
The Body in Popular Media
Gender, Race and Culture in Health Care
Gender, Race, and Culture in Health Care
Independent Study: Women's and Gender Studies-Humanities
Advanced Topics in Women's & Gender Studies-Humanities
Social Science Courses
Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare
Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare
U. S. Social Justice Movements
U.S. Social Justice Movements
History of American Sexualities - WR
History of American Sexualities - WR
American Woman in Sports
Women and Sport
Women's Health in Africa - WR
Southern Women: Black and White
Southern Women: Black and White
Women in Developing Countries - WR
Women in Developing Countries - WR
Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: Social Sciences (WR) - WR
Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare
Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare
Seminar in the Sociology of Disabilities
Sociology of Disabilities
Feminism in Western Civilization
Feminism in Western Civilization, 1790-1920 - WR
Women in the Twentieth Century in Europe and the U.S.
Women in the Twentieth Century in Europe and the U.S. - WR
History of American Sexualities
Women in 19th-Century America
Women in 19th-Century America - WR
Women's Health in Africa
Women's Health in Africa - WR
Black Women's Voices
Black Women's Voices
Southern Women: Black and White
Southern Women: Black and White
Feminist Theory
Feminist Theory
Independent Study: Women's & Gender Studies-Social Sciences
Advanced Topics in Women's & Gender Studies-Social Sciences
Minimum Total Hours15