Graduate Certificate Program

Graduate Study in Gender Studies

Our graduate certificate program allows students in MA/PhD programs to enhance their disciplinary studies with a concentration in gender studies.

The graduate certificate in women, gender, and sexuality studies requires the completion of five courses, at least two of which must be drawn from 400-level or above home-based WGSS courses. The additional three required courses must be drawn from a 400-level or above home-based or cross-listed WGSS course or from other, Program-approved, gender-based courses (see the Director for approval). Since a certificate requires three courses beyond those required for a student's home degree, participation in the certificate may require an extra semester of graduate classes. Those not interested in a certificate, but wanting to concentrate on gender within their disciplines to enhance their credentials and enrich their training may do so by pursuing a graduate minor according to the policies of their individual departments. Other students might participate in WGSS courses without commitment to a concentration

How to Apply

Graduate students interested in the graduate certificate should first apply for admission to the Washington University department in which they wish to obtain an advanced degree. After being admitted, each student should notify his/her department advisor and the WGSS program director of plans to obtain the WGSS certificate. In addition, students should submit an "Application for Admission to Certificate Program" form to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences office, with a copy to the WGSS office. The earlier we know who you are, the earlier we can include you in mailings about program activities, lectures, conferences, and other events. Certificate application forms are available in the Graduate School office.

Opportunities Within the Graduate Certificate Program

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program offers graduate certificate students the means of meeting and working with graduate students in other departments. Graduate certificate students are on the program's mailing lists and are invited to participate in a variety of events, including special guest lectures, conferences, faculty searches, and informal gatherings.

The Mentored Teaching Experience in WGSS takes place over two semesters.  During the first, students undergo a mentored teaching preparation semester in which they observe the class they will teach and are mentored by the instructor.  They also attend instructor meetings devoted to examining content and pedagogy. And they develop a syllabus, often in consultation with their WGSS teaching mentor and their department advisor, that is reviewed carefully by WGSS faculty. These students may also be undergoing a mentored teaching experience in their own departments during this first semester.  The next semester they teach the WGSS course, are observed by WGSS faculty and, in some cases, by faculty in their own departments.  These faculty use a rubric for the assessment, which is made available to the student, and receive a written assessment, which they then discuss with the observing WGSS faculty member. Sometimes students are observed and assessed more than once.  Participation in this program broadens students' teaching experiences and credentials for future job opportunities. The following departments are involved in this program: Anthropology, Art History, Education, English, German, History, Philosophy, Political Science, and Romance Languages and Literatures.

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