The Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies offers an advanced program of study grounded in contemporary issues and current scholarship. This program is designed to serve students preparing for further graduate study, those preparing for professional careers, and those already working professionals.
The program can be completed independently or combined with the Master’s program in English or Counseling. A Graduate Bulletin and application for those students desiring a stand-alone Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies can be found on the Graduate Studies website. Students already enrolled in either Master’s program can add the Gender and Sexuality Studies Certificate by filling out this application and returning it to the Chair of WGSS in Bliss Hall 117.
The 15-credit certificate program consists of:
Core Requirements (6 credits)
Students have three options for covering the core requirements.
Students take both of the following courses:
- WGST 510 Feminist Theories
- WGST 520 Gender Equity in the Classroom
Students take WGST 510 or WGST 520 and one WGST 670 Topics course.
Students who have taken Feminist Theories as undergraduates and have either taken Gender Equity in the Classroom as undergraduates or are not preparing for careers in education may take two different WGST 570 or 670 Topics courses.
Electives (9 credits)
Students choose three additional courses. Students enrolled in the Gender and Sexuality Studies stand-alone certificate choose among additional WGST 570 or 670 courses, ENGL courses approved for the program, or COUN 560 Counseling Girls and Women and COUN 561 Counseling Boys and Men.
Students in the English graduate program choose three ENGL courses that have Gender as a central category of analysis.
Students in Counselor Education Master’s programs take COUN 560 Counseling Girls and Women, COUN 561 Counseling Boys and Men, and COUN 698 Department Project in Counseling (with an individualized project focused on gender and/or sexuality).
Spring 2023 WGST courses
- WGST 510 Feminist Theory – Instructor: khasawnih – Monday, 5:00 – 7:50 pm
- WGS 520 Gender Equity in the Classroom – Instructor: TBA – Thursday, 4:00 – 6:50 pm
- WGST 530 – Masculinities in American Lit: Neumann – Thursday, 5:30 – 8:20 pm
- WGST 570 – Special Topics in Gender Studies: Intro to Transgender Studies – Kurtz – Tuesday/Friday, 11:00 am – 12:20 pm
A special track in Gender, Sexuality, and Disability Studies is recommended for New Jersey public educators preparing to mainstream LGBTQ and Disability studies in their classrooms in compliance with NJSB 1569.