The program is open both to all TWU graduate students currently enrolled in any degree program and to invidiuals and professionals in the community.
Students who obtain their certificate in Women's Studies will gain:
- Increased understanding of how gender is constructed and functions in social, cultural, historical, political, and institutional contexts.
- Increased understanding of the diversity of women's lives, particularly as they intersect with age, class, disability, ethnicity/'race,' region, religion, and sexuality.
- Enhanced ability to engage critically and holistically with multicultural-feminist/womanist theories concerning social inequalities, to develop advanced research skills in the field of women's studies, and to develop effective academic writing skills.
- Preparation for responsible leadership in community settings, the academy, and careers in social service.
Those interested in the Certificate must submit a brief statement of purpose (500 to 700 words) describing the Certificate's relationship to the student's intellectual and professional goals. You may email your statement of purpose to the Women's Studies Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants must also meet the following requirements:
TWU Graduate Students:
- If seeking admission to a masters or doctoral program, in addition to certification, students must meet entrance requirements of their degree program.
- Current TWU graduate students should consult their program's Chair or Graduate Advisor to determine whether the coursework taken for the Women's Studies Certificate will apply toward their degrees.
- Coursework taken as part of a certificate program may not be counted toward a graduate degree without approval of both the degree-granting department and the Graduate Dean.
Students entering TWU only for the certificate must apply for admission to the Graduate School at TWU.
For more information about the Women's Studies Graduate Certificate contact:
Dr. Mark Kessler
Advisor for Graduate Certificate Students
Department of Women's Studies
Human Development Building (HDB) 307
Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies requires a minimum of 18 hours of coursework at the 5000-level or above with an average grade of B or better and selected in consultation with the Women's Studies Graduate Certificate Advisor. No more than nine hours of coursework may be taken online.
At least 9 hours must be selected from the following courses:
- Foundations for Scholarly Inquiry (WS 5023) [pdf]
- Feminist Pedagogies (WS 5353) [pdf]
- Feminist Epistemologies (WS 5363) [pdf]
- U.S. Women of Colors (WS 5463) [pdf]
- Feminist Theories (WS 5843) [pdf]
At least 3 to 9 hours must be selected from the following courses:
- Art, Activism, and Social Justice (WS 5043) [pdf]
- Law, Gender, and Sexuality (WS 5093) [pdf]
- Rights, Race, and Social Justice (WS 5193)
- Transgressive Identities: Queer Theories/Critical 'Race' Theories (WS 5253) [pdf]
- Feminism and Religion (WS 5263) [pdf]
- Ecofeminist Theorizing, Spirituality, and Activism (WS 5283) [pdf]
- Gloria Anzaldua Seminar: Theories, Politics, and Transformation (WS 5293) [pdf]
- Black Feminist Thought (WS 5373)
- Women At Work: Race, Migration, Labors (WS 5383)
- Spiritual Activism: Social Justice Theories for Holistic Transformation (WS 5853)[pdf]
- Special Topics (WS 5903)
Any Remaining hours are selected in consultation with the Women's Studies Graduate Certificate Advisor. These electives must be related to Women's Studies at the 5000-level or above. Sample electives:
- Feminist Ethics
- The Politics of Writing
- Ethnographic Research Methods
- Women's Leadership
- Studies in Feminist Activism
- Family Violence
- 'Race' and Ethnicity
- Psychology of Women
- Political Women
- Feminist Rhetoric
- Women and American Literature
For students beginning the program in Summer 2015 or later, all coursework must be taken from offerings in women's studies.
Women's Studies Course Rotation 2013-2017 [pdf]
U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment Disclosure
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