Gender Studies Undergraduate Certificate

Gender Studies Certificate

Requirements For Admission

Undergraduate certificate candidates must meet the University’s general education requirements. Applicants must have a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.5 and must maintain a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. in Gender Studies courses. Candidates for undergraduate certificates are asked to register with Gender Studies after taking one or two courses. Students will then be enrolled in the program and will be placed on our mailing list for class information and announcements of upcoming events.

Certificate Requirements

Students must take at least 18 hours in Gender Studies courses. 9 hours must include 3 core courses:

  1. GS 2102 Introduction to Gender Studies
  2. GS 3033 Sexuality and Gender Theory or other 3000-5000 level course in feminist or gender theory
  3. Capstone Experience: Students must complete a final research project or practicum. The Capstone requirement may be satisfied by GS 4352 Independent Study in Gender Studies, GS 4353 Internship in Gender Studies, or by a 4000-level Gender Studies course or other 4000-level seminar where student completes a final research and writing project that focuses on gender studies.

9 hours may be cross-listed courses with student’s major department or Gender Studies electives from various disciplines.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Gender Studies Minor and Undergraduate Certificate, a student will be able to:


  • Analyze how gender affects individuals and society historically and currently, locally and globally, including how systems of power and oppression operate and how gender intersects with other facets of identity such as ethnicity, nationality, class, sexuality, age, and ability
  • Describe key figures, concepts, and debates within the discipline of gender studies, such as “the Other,” sex vs. gender, gender as a social construct vs. essentialism, and intersectionality
  • Utilize gender as a variable to explain historical, social, cultural, technological, and/or symbolic phenomena
  • Evaluate ideological assumptions underlying social institutions and systems of representation

Writing Research and Communications

  • Articulate complex ideas coherently to diverse audiences.
  • Relate how personal experience connects to institutions and systems of privilege and oppression.
  • Apply traditional and new media literacies to locate, evaluate, utilize, and produce knowledge.
  • Synthesize evidence obtained from research to compose texts that advance, support, and defend an argument about gender.


  • Develop strategies for promoting equality and combating oppression
  • Connect personal experience and the ideas explored in the classroom to apply the insights gained to other classes and personal and professional life
  • Describe the importance of respect, civility, sensitivity, civic engagement, and appreciation for diversity and demonstrate these traits