Women's & Gender Studies Online Undergraduate Certificate Program

Curriculum and Objectives

• WGS 101: Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies

• WGS 201: Introduction to Feminist Theory

• Choose one upper level feminist theory course:

  • WGS 302: Global Feminism;
  • WGS 305: Contemporary Feminist Theory and Practice;
  • WGS 306: Third Wave Feminism; or
  • WGS 307: Ecofeminism: Theory and Practice

• Choose one 300-level WGS elective in Humanities

• Choose one 300-level WGS elective in Social Sciences

Total: 15 credit hours*

*Nine out of the 15 undergraduate certificate courses must be at the 300- or 400-level.

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Students can complete the certificate online within two semesters. View our current schedule of online certificate courses offered.

Students must earn a 2.0 overall GPA in the five course sequence in order to earn the Undergraduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies.


  • Understand the historical, social, and political contexts of women's movements and feminist thought
  • Understand feminist theories and apply them in critiquing and transforming their world
  • Connect the women's movements and feminist theory to other social justice movements and theories

WGS courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences teach students to:

  • Identify and evaluate the social construction of gender and the ways gender intersects with other forms of identity
  • Understand the gendering of our socioeconomic and political worlds and the individual and collective components of social change
  • Identify, compare, and evaluate culturally and historically specific ideas of gender, sex, and sexuality
  • Apply a critical feminist perspective to the study of literature and the arts

Online programs and courses are offered by the Departments and Colleges of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth through UMass Dartmouth University Extension.