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Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Description: Whether pursuing an academic career path, a career in law or social justice, industry, government, or the nonprofit sector, a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies offers students knowledge and research skills well-suited to employment and citizenship in an increasingly diverse and global world.

The University of Oregon’s WGSS graduate certificate program is interdisciplinary, intersectional, and international in its orientation. The certificate provides graduate students enrolled in UO departments with training in intersectional feminist scholarship and theory, as well as opportunities to teach  undergraduate courses in WGSS (enrolled certificate students will receive preference in their  applications for WGSS GTFs and summer teaching) and to explore research opportunities with UO’s Center for the Study of Women in Society.

Learning objectives:
● Training in intersectional and interdisciplinary feminist scholarship and theory;
● Introducing students to theories and practices of feminist pedagogy;
● Providing a professional credential for students interested in pursuing work in WGSS or WGSS-related fields;

NEW Requirements – Effective Fall 2019

Effective Fall 2019 students declaring a graduate certificate will follow the new requirements listed below. Students declaring a certificate prior to Fall 2019 have the option to follow the old requirements.

Please meet with our Director of Graduate Studies to map out the best plan for you.

24 credits

Take one required course: WGS 615 (4 credits total)
WGS 615: Contemporary Feminist Theories
Take three or four*: WGS core courses (12-16 credits total)

WGS 510

Experimental Course

WGS 511

Feminist Praxis

WGS 521

Bodies and embodiment

WGS 522

Sexuality Studies

WGS 532

Gender , Environment and Development

WGS 550

Literature and World-making

WGS 551

International perspectives on gender

WGS 601


WGS 605


WGS 607

Topics in Feminist Studies

Take two or one*: WGS or approved courses from other departments (4-8 credits total)

* Students taking 4 courses in WGSS core courses should take 1 course in cross-listed course. Students taking 3 WGSS core courses should take 2 cross-listed courses.

Additional requirements:

  1. No more than 8 credits may be taken pass/no pass without specific
  2. No more than 4 credits of Reading & Conference (WGS 605) can be applied to the
  3. No more than 4 credits of Reading & Conference (605) from the student’s degree-granting department can be applied to the
  4. If a course is not officially cross-listed or if your major project for the course was a gender studies project, you can petition to have it count toward the The process for petitioning can be found here on the WGS website.

Required course:

WGS 615, Contemporary Feminist Theories [4 credits]: This course examines the development of feminist theory over the past forty years, exploring key concepts such as class, race, sexuality, intersectionality, transnationalism, and ability. This course provides an introduction to thinking theoretically about issues of feminism within multiple contexts and intellectual traditions. Although the specific focus may change each year, students should expect the course to center discussions of gender and its crucial links to productions of race, class, sexuality, and national identity. We strongly encourage graduate students to take this course before applying for teaching positions in WGSS.

For applications and worksheets, please see the Forms & Applications page.

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Certificate was established in the 1983-1984 school year.