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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, gender and sexuality 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;

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

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.

New Graduate Class Available and Encouraged:

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.