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Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies

The GWS Certificate program has been suspended until further notice. WKU is no longer accepting graduate applications for this program.



The Graduate Certificate offers graduate students the opportunity to explore links between their chosen field of study and an interdisciplinary approach that addresses women’s experiences and contributions.  All courses are offered online.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality in feminist theory.
  2. Examine the impact of policies, programs, and discourses on women across the globe.
  3. Explain strategies for collective action as a vehicle for changing social structures, public policies, and ways of thinking.
  4. Produce written work investigating issues concerning women from cross-cultural and global perspectives.

Current Semester's Offerings

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  • 15 hours,* as follows:

(*Note: for those seeking university-level accreditation, you should opt for the 18- or 21-hour certificate.)


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

Students may take any of the electives listed below, with the following stipulation: only six hours may be taken in the student's primary discipline (excluding GWS courses).  Students should check with the Gender & Women’s Studies Office for an updated list of electives.



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 Public Health Issues in Women's Health
PSYS 453G Psychology of Women
SOCL 535 Family Violence

* Note: Faculty and students may make recommendations to include other courses at any time. All new courses are reviewed by the Gender & Women’s Studies Curriculum Committee. Students should check with the Gender & Women’s Studies Office for an updated list of electives.

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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Graduate Certificate in GWS

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Tuition and Fees

Dr. Dawn Hall Advisor for GWS

How to apply:

Admission is based on prior academic performance in gender & women's studies or a related area of study (transcripts). Applicants must submit a personal statement of interest.  No GRE or GMAT required.  A minimum GPA of 2.75 is required to be admitted to The Graduate School.

In order to be admitted to this program, students must submit an online application and mail the following required documents to The Graduate School:

  • official copies of your undergraduate transcripts
  • statement of purpose


Mailing Address:

The Graduate School
Western Kentucky University
1906 College Heights Blvd. #11010
Bowling Green, Ky. 42101-1010

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 Last Modified 9/26/22