Undergraduate Certificate Program
- WMS 101: Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies
- WMS 201: Introduction to Feminist Theory
- One upper level feminist theory course (WMS 302: Global Feminism; WMS 305: Contemporary Feminist Theory and Practice; WMS 306: Third Wave Feminism; or WMS 307: Ecofeminism: Theory and Practice)
- One 300-level WMS elective in Humanities
- One 300-level WMS 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 & 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
WMS 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