Curriculum & 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