Graduate Certificate in Gender & Women Studies
Gender & Women's Studies program is a member of the Department of Diversity & Community Studies. Our mission is to broaden women's and men's knowledge of gender dynamics, globally and historically, with an emphasis on issues central to women's lives.
Through an interdisciplinary classroom experience, community outreach, and special events, the Gender & Women's Studies Program advances understanding of the social and cultural institutions and practices that affect us.
Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Gender & Women Studies program requires the following:
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Application & Fee: Students seeking a graduate degree must complete an online application for admission. This form is available from the Graduate School & Research Office wku.edu/graduate.
- Transcript Record: Graduates of accredited institutions other than WKU must submit an official transcript showing the completed degree to WKU Graduate School, 1906 College Heights Blvd. #11010, Bowling Green, KY 42101-1010.
- Statement of Interest, which may be submitted by email to email@example.com
- No GRE is required
Please refer to the Graduate School website for information regarding the International Student Admission Application Process.
The Gender & Women's Studies Graduate Certificate requires 6 hours of core courses + 9 hours of electives, for a minimum of 15 hours. Those wishing to teach at the college level are encouraged to complete at least 18 hours.
CORE COURSES (6 HOURS)
- GWS 545: Feminist Knowledge and Social Change
- GWS 555: Global & Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women
* ELECTIVES (9 HOURS)
- CRIM 546: Gender, Crime, and Justice
- ENG 497G: Women’s Literature
- ENG 579: Studies in Victorian Literature
- FLK 585: Foodways
- GWS 535: Roots of Feminism
- GWS 565: Black Feminism and the Politics of Community
- GWS 570: American Masculinities
- GWS 575: Justice Gender and Sustainability
- GWS 625: Women in Leadership
- GWS 630: Feminist Pedagogies
- HIST 446G: American Legal History
- HIST 553: Women & Gender in US History
- HIST 555: American Radicals
- SRSC 515: Utopias, Dystopias, & Intentional Communities
- SRSC 525: Place & the Problem of Healing
- PH 564: Women’s Health
- PH 565: Public Health Issues in Women's Health
- PSY 430G: Psychology of Women
- SOCL 535: Family Violence
*Only 6 hours may be taken in the student's primary discipline.
*Faculty and students may make recommendations to include other courses at any time. All new courses are reviewed by the curriculum committee. Students should check with the Women's Studies Office for updated list electives.
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