Aimed at students enrolled in Master’s and professional degree programs, the Graduate Certificate in Gender & Women’s Studies is designed to provide students with gender expertise that they can apply in a variety of fields. The requirement of a foundational course provides students with grounding in the major concepts, theories and research approaches related to the study of gender and women. This foundation provides students with the necessary theoretical tools to allow them to analyze gender and its relationship with other socially meaningful categories such as class, race, ethnicity, disability, and sexuality in a variety of contexts. Two additional courses allow the student to deepen their empirical knowledge of women and/or gender in a specific area or areas. Choice in these courses allows the student to tailor their study to areas related to their future career or study ambitions.
The certificate in gender and women’s studies at the graduate level may be earned by students enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The graduate program coordinator serves as the advisor. Interested students should meet with the graduate program coordinator early in the process to plan a course of study and to declare their intention to earn the certificate.