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Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies

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 who are preparing for further graduate study, students who are preparing for professional careers, and students who are 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 can be obtained online from the Graduate Studies website. Students already enrolled in either Masters’s program can add the Gender and Sexuality StudiesCertificate by filling out this application and returning it to the Records and Registration office in Green Hall.

Five courses are required: two core courses and three electives.

Core requirements

Students have three options for covering the core requirements.

Option A

Students take both of the following courses:

WGST 510 Feminist Theories
WGST 520 Gender Equity in the Classroom

Option B

Students take either WGST 510 or WGST 520 and one WGST 670 Topics course.

Option C

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.


Students choose three additional courses. Students enrolled in the Gender Studies certificate alone choose among additional WGST 570 or 670 courses, ENGL courses that are 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 2022 WGST courses:

WGST 510 Feminist Theory – Instructor: khasawnih – Tuesday, 5:00 – 7:50 PM

WGST 530 – Masculinities in American Lit: Dalpe – Wednesday, 5:30 – 8:20 pm

See course descriptions