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Program Announcement:
Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies

The Women’s and Gender Studies Department at the College of New Jersey is pleased to
announce a new graduate certificate program. Applications are currently being accepted for the
Spring semester of 2013.
The Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies is designed to serve both working professionals and
students preparing for further graduate study. It will be especially useful for teachers, who will gain
strategies for navigating the gendered terrain of the classroom and addressing issues of bullying.
The Graduate Certificate can be completed on its own or combined with a Masters of Arts in
English. This five-course program of advanced study, grounded in contemporary issues and
current scholarship, emphasizes critical thinking and writing skills and provides a foundation in
gender theory. Evening and summer classes allow working adults to successfully complete the
The College of New Jersey is a highly selective institution that has earned national recognition for
its commitment to excellence. The Women’s and Gender Studies Department is an inclusive and
dynamic learning community dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of critically engaged
learning and citizenship. Founded in 1972, TCNJ’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department is
one of the largest in the country, and a national exemplar for its innovative programming in
education. Faculty in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department are gifted teachers and active
scholars who engage students in discussion of latest issues and ideas in their fields. They serve
as mentors to students and encourage original, publishable research and writing.
The priority consideration deadline for applying for Fall 2012 matriculation is February 1st and the
final deadline is August 1st. For further program information, contact Ann Marie Nicolosi, Chair,
Women’s and Gender Studies Department, An application, and information
regarding required supplemental document, can be obtained through the Office of Graduate
Studies at

Fall 2013 Course offerings in Gender Studies:

WGST 520- Gender Equity in the Classroom

This graduate seminar examines theoretical writings on feminist pedagogy and also addresses practical issues related to teaching Women’s and Gender Studies. Participants will develop familiarity with feminist pedagogies and their significance for the field of Women’s and Gender Studies; interpret their own educational experiences within the context of feminist reflections on education; formulate their own philosophies of education; and develop and test pedagogical strategies for developing critical consciousness about social inequalities.


Fall  2013  English Graduate Courses that can be used to satisfy Gender Certificate electives:

ENGL 642 Victorian Literature: “Secrets, Lies, and Feelings” – Janet Gray – 5:00-7:30 pm
A readfest! From Anne Bronte’s secret-cloaked The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s plucky Aurora Leigh , we’ll indulge in the scandalous mayhem of Victorian sensation novels, meet Ella Hepworth Dixon’s new woman and Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved little princess, and wrap up with a feminist utopia imagined in the British Raj. Feminist and affective geography will provide our theoretical framework: spaces, places, affects, complex linkages between bounded spaces and elsewheres.

ENGL 654 20th Century American Literature: “Inter-American Women’s Autobiograph” – Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle – 5:00-7:30 pm
A study of what feminist literary theorist Leigh Gilmore calls women’s “autobiographics” through a sampling of a wide range of self-reflexive genres and sub-genres authors have used to describe their experiences of womanhood in an Inter-American context.  Seminar participants will read 4-6 book-length autobiographical texts and attendant theory through which we will collectively explore innovations in life writing as well as innovations in conceptualizing lived experience in exile, immigration, military occupation, political intervention annexation and other intersections between the United States and Latin America.  Focus on acts of self-representation will allow to more deeply explore what it means to write oneself in between nations and in between genres.

ENGL 670 Special Topics: “Bodily Transgressions: Identity, Vision, and Performance” – Cassandra Jackson
This course will focus on identity-crossing experiments, with particular attention to blackness and gender. We will consider novels, poetry, memoirs, visual art, and performances that explore the notion of inhabiting, or rather enacting “others.” The course will span a wide variety of texts, such as Mythic Being, Adrian Piper’s performance of a black male persona from 1973-1975; The Black Notebooks, Toi Derricote’s diary of her experiences as visibly white black woman; and Brutal Imagination, Cornelius Eady’s book of poems that assume the voice of a black male kidnapper invented by a white woman, Susan Smith. Themes will include passing, minstrelsy, cross-dressing, and drag, which as many critics have argued, are all intimately connected by their demonstration of the culture’s investment in race and gender as fixed categories. Critical race theory and gender studies will provide the primary lenses for study. While this course will focus primarily on twentieth century works of art, it will transgress the usual boundaries of period by dipping periodically into the 19th century.