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Graduate Certificate

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

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.

Founded in 1983, 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.

Requirements 24 credits
WGS Core courses 12-16
Graduate courses offered in other departments 8-12

Important Notes

  1. No more than 8 credits may be taken pass/no pass without specific approval.
  2. No more than 4 credits of Reading & Conference (WGS 605) can be applied to the certificate.
  3. It is recommended that students seeking employment in gender studies apply to teach WGS 101.
  4. Graduate course listings can be found on the UO catalog.


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.