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Gender and Women’s Studies Certificate

Gender and Women’s Studies courses emphasize critical thinking in an interdisciplinary context and build a knowledge base about many aspects of women’s experience. Students learn about the ways that the meanings assigned to “gender” shape our understandings of other academic disciplines and everyday life.  Social policy, politics, family, health, and sexuality are just a few of the areas addressed analytically by courses in Gender and Women’s Studies.

The Gender and Women’s Studies certificate program is open to undergraduates and special students in a degree seeking program and requires 15 credits of course work.  Within the framework described below, students can tailor the certificate to reflect topics of interests, complement their major or plan for graduate or professional school.

Students are welcome to meet with the undergraduate advisor to track their progress and discuss opportunities for involvement on campus and in the community. Learn more about the requirements for the undergraduate certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies.

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Meet with the GWS advisor (in Microsoft Teams)

In an advising appointment, you can plan GWS courses in line with your disciplinary interests, discuss study abroad, and learn how you can get involved on campus and in the community.

Please use Starfish to schedule an advising appointment during the rest of the spring 2020 semester. The day before your appointment, you will receive an invitation for a remote meeting in Microsoft Teams.

Send a quick email to Susan Nelson at if you have questions about how to do any of this.

Declare GWS certificate (online)

Complete the online declaration form after you have reviewed the requirements of the undergraduate GWS certificate. The declaration form should take you less than 10 minutes to complete.

  • Completed online declaration forms will be processed within 5-7 business days.
  • You will know that your declaration has been processed when you receive a welcome email from the GWS undergraduate advisor.
  • If you have questions for the undergraduate advisor, please contact them via email (


How do I know my certificate is complete?

Please confirm that your certificate is complete (all ‘green text’) in DARS after you enroll for your final semester.

Undergraduate certificates are automatically posted to your transcript upon graduation by the Office of the Registrar based on completion via DARS.

Commencement Ceremonies

Alternate plans to celebrate graduates are in the works. Look for our virtual celebration on the website and social media starting Thursday, May 7.