Undergraduate Certificate in Women's Studies

The minor in women's studies is recommended for all students interested in examining historical and contemporary roles, perceptions, and contributions of women and in exploring other gender-related issues. Such exploration should broaden students' understanding of current societal expectations for both women and men, thereby increasing their effectiveness and sensitivity in a variety of interpersonal and professional settings. The certificate is particularly appropriate for students preparing for work in a variety of disciplines or careers in business, communications, marketing, education, health, humanities, and human services. Elective courses for the certificate are chosen to complement the student's background, interests, and career plans and, in some instances, also help satisfy distributive studies area requirements in the general education program. Faculty members from a wide variety of departments participate in the core and special topics courses of the certificate.

Students interested in declaring this interdisciplinary certificate should contact the Women's Studies Program early in their college careers for information and advisement.

Requirements (12)

Students must complete 12 semester hours from the courses listed below. These 12 hours include two core courses and 6 hours from the list of approved electives below. Students are urged to complete the core courses in the certificate as early as possible. Independent study and topics courses in a variety of departments may meet the minor requirements, with the approval of the director of the Women’s Studies Program, when substantial treatment of women’s studies is included in the course. 

Core courses (6):

Three hours (3) chosen from the following options:

  • WOMS 230*, Women, Sex, and Gender Today (3)
  • WOMS 235*, Women Across Cultures & Centuries (3)

Three hours (3) chosen from the following:

  • WOMS 4321 , Feminist Theory (3)
  • WOMS 4302 , Queer Theory (3)

6 credit hours of electives, such as:

      • ANTH 361, Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women (3)
      • ANTH 422, Gender in Southeast Asia (3)
      • ANTH 441, Sex and Gender in Primates (3)
      • ANTH 468, Anthropology of Gender
      • ARTH 485D, Topics in Art History: Images of Women (3)
      • BIOS 324X, Women in Science (3)
      • COMS 410*, Communication and Gender (3)
      • ENGL 298**, Topics in Literature (3)
        • OR ENGL 381**, American Ethnic Literature
        • OR ENGL 399**, Topics in American Literature
        • OR ENGL 400**, Literary Topics
        • OR ENGL 499**, Topics in English Literature
      • ENGL 382, Women Writers: The Tradition in English (3)
      • ENGL 383, Gay and Lesbian Literature (3)
      • ENGL 434X, Language & Gender
      • FLFR 445, French Women Writers (3)
      • FLSP 380, Gender and Hispanic Business Practices (3)
      • FLSP 439, Women Authors in Hispanic Literature (3)
      • FLSP 445, Women Authors in Hispanic Literature (3)
      • FLST 481**, Special Topics in Literature (3)
      • GEOG 324X, Women in Science (3)
      • HIST 322, Women in Modern Europe (3)
      • HIST 346, Women in Asian History (3)
      • HIST 353, Women in African History (3)
      • HIST 369, Women in United States History (3)
      • HIST 402, Gender and Sexuality in History (3)
      • HIST 407, Medieval Women (3)
      • HIST 413, Family, Sexuality, and Society Since 1400 (3)
      • HIST 473, Topics in Women's History (3)
      • LGBT 350, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies (3)
      • PHHE 306, Human Sexuality (3)
      • PHHE 406, Sexuality Education (3)
      • PHIL 355, Philosophy and Feminism (3)
      • POLS 373, Women and Politics (3)
      • POLS 411, Constitutional Law II (3)
      • PSYC 424, Adolescent Development (3)
      • PSYC 474, Psychological Basis of Sexuality (3)
      • SOCI 354, Families and Social Change (3)
      • SOCI 356, Health, Aging, and Society (3)
      • SOCI 357, The Sociology of Gender (3)
      • SOCI 358, Racial and Ethnic Minority Families (3)
      • SOCI 450, Social Inequality (3)
      • SOCI 487, Gender and Crime (3)
      • WOMS 240, Issues in Women's Studies (3)
      • WOMS 324, Women in Science (3)
      • WOMS 332, Growing Up Female (3)
      • WOMS 3903Internship in Women's Studies (1-3)
      • WOMS 424, Topics in Gender and STEM (3)
      • WOMS 4304, Special Topics in Women's Studies (3)
      • WOMS 434, Language & Gender (3)
      • WOMS 436, Current Debates Seminar: Women and Gender (3)
      • WOMS 4395, Independent Study in Women's Studies (3)

* Available for general education credit.

**May be counted toward the minor when topic is appropriate

1 PRQ: WOMS 230 or WOMS 235, or consent of program director.

2 PRQ: LGBT 350, WOMS 230 or WOMS 235, or consent of program director. NOTE: If you choose this option, ONLY the Queer Theory sction of WOMS 430 may be used to fulfill this requirement; no other section of WOMS 430 may be used.

3 Work as an intern in activities related to Women’s Studies. Reading and paper preparation under the supervision of a faculty member in the university. May be repeated once. S/U grading. PRQ: Consent of program director; junior or senior standing.

4 PRQ: junior or senior standing or by permission of the program director.

5 PRQ: 9 hours in the minor, including WOMS 230 and WOMS 235.