Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (CERT)

Graduate Certificate in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (GA)
Department: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
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Academic Plan Code(s): WGSTCWG

Program Information

The Women's, Gender and Sexuality 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, Gender and Sexuality Studies may be required to take additional classes in preparation for admission to the certificate program.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate certificate in Women's, Gender and Sexuality 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 Graduate School by:

  1. Completing the Graduate School 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, Gender and Sexuality Studies a one-to-two page letter of intent, describing how the Women's, Gender and Sexuality 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, Gender and Sexuality 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 Graduate School, approved by the Women's, Gender and Sexuality 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, Gender and Sexuality Studies director of graduate studies.
  5. A single course may satisfy more than one requirement.
  6. Coursework toward the graduate certificate in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies may also count toward the student's graduate degree.
Required Coursework for the Graduate Certificate in Women's, Gender and Sexuality 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 coursework from the following:12
Humanities Courses
Gender and Popular Music - WR
Language, Race, Class, and Gender
Feminist Philosophical Literature
Francophone Women Writers - WR
Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Humanities
Women's Personal Narratives
The Body in Popular Media
Gender, Race and Culture in Health Care
Independent Study: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies-Humanities
Advanced Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies-Humanities
Social Science Courses
U.S. Social Justice Movements
Woman and Sport
Women in Developing Countries - WR
Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences - WR
Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare
Seminar in the Sociology of Disabilities
Feminism in Western Civilization
Women in the Twentieth Century in Europe and the U.S.
History of American Sexualities
Women in 19th-Century America
Women's Health in Africa
Black Women's Voices
Southern Women: Black and White
Feminist Theory
Independent Study: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies-Social Sciences
Advanced Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies-Social Sciences
Minimum Total Hours15