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Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies offers an advanced program of study grounded in contemporary issues and current scholarship. The program can be completed on its own or combined with a Masters of Arts in English.

The program is designed to serve both students preparing for further graduate study and working professionals. It is especially useful for teachers, who will gain strategies for navigating the gendered terrain of the classroom and addressing issues of bullying.

Five courses are required. Students will choose two of the following courses:

  • Gender, Culture, and Society
  • Gender Equity in the Classroom
  • Feminist Theories

The other three courses may be selected from a variety of graduate offerings.

Application requirements include: a completed application; two letters of recommendation; official transcripts; and an essay. Application deadline is August 1.

*Students already enrolled in the TCNJ English MA Program do not have to submit the above mentioned materials.  In order to add the Gender Certificate to your program of study, pick up an Application to “Add/Remove Graduate Certificate Endorsement” at the Records and Registration office in Green Hall.


Spring 2015 WGST courses that can be used to satisfy the core requirements for the Gender Studies Graduate Certificate:

  • WGST 500 Gender, Culture and Society – Jaksch – Wednesday – 5:00 – 7:20 pm 

This course serves as an introduction to Gender Studies at the graduate level.  It provides an overview of the major questions raised by the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexualty and the challenges it presents to traditional divisions of knowledge.  We will privilege dialogue and process while assessing trends in the often tense, but overlapping, areas of feminist, LGBT and queer inquiry.  Special attention is given to intersectional and international issues across a range of disciplines, including history, anthropology, psychoanalysis, sexology, critical theory, economics, law, cultural studies, literature, art and film.

  • WGST 510 Feminist Theory – Jaksch – Tuesday – 4:00 – 6:50 pm

The basic theoretical questions that e will address in this cousre range from deceptively simple ones, which attempt to define concepts such as woman/ women, the body, gender, nature, otherness, labor, oppression and change, to more abstract interrogations of the theoretical assumptions operating within the explicative frameworks of postmodernism, poststructuralism, social constructivism, postcolonialism, materialism and transnational feminisms.

Spring 2015 English Graduate Courses that can be used to satisfy the elective requirements for the Gender Studies Graduate Certificate:

ENGL 505 Contemporary Literary Theory and Methods – Ortiz – Wednesday, 5:00pm – 7:30pm

An introduction to the scholarly methods necessary for graduate work in literature and to the study of theoretical frameworks important to contemporary literary criticism, including formalism, structuralism, Marxism, deconstruction, feminism, post-colonial studies, cultural studies, new historicism, and psychoanalysis. The course exposes students to the primary texts from which those theoretical frameworks are derived and requires students to critique and construct applications of those theories to specific literary texts.

ENGL 550 – Seminar in Poetry Graham – Tuesday, 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Intensive study in the close reading of poetry.  The course emphasizes the tools necessary for the explication of poems.  Topics include prosody and form,metaphor and figurative language, and the history of major movements, styles, and genres.

ENGL 646 20th Century British Literature  – McMann – Thursday, 5:00pm – 7:30pm


ENGL 670 Topics: Bodily Transgression – Bennett  – Monday , 5:00pm – 7:30pm


ENGL 697 Teaching Practicum at Bucks County Community College (BCCC)

Interested students can also apply to teach a writing class at BCCC. If accepted by the Chair at BCCC, you would then enroll in this TCNJ Practicum for graduate credit. Please read the webpage about this Practicum (here on MA website) and contact Dr. Ortiz-Vilarelle if you have any further questions.


A Graduate Bulletin and application can be obtained online from the Graduate Studies website:


Further program information can be obtained by contacting Ann Marie Nicolosi, PhD

Graduate Program Coordinator, Women’s and Gender Studies Dept.