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Graduate Certificate in Gender & Women Studies

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Gender & Women's Studies program is a member of the Department of Diversity & Community Studies [BROKEN LINK]. 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 graduate.school@wku.edu
  • No GRE is required

International Students

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.


  • GWS 545: Feminist Knowledge and Social Change
  • GWS 555: Global & Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women


  • 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

Please Note:

*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.

Department Contact

Director: Dr. Jane Olmsted
Email: jane.olmsted@wku.edu
Call: (270) 745-5787

WKU Online

Phone: (270) 745-5173
Email: learn.online@wku.edu

The Graduate School

Email: graduate.school@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-2446
Website: wku.edu/graduate


For more information about the cost of the program, average time to complete the program, and other important information, please visit this website.

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 Last Modified 1/10/20