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Gender and Women’s Studies Certificate

Gender and Women’s Studies courses emphasize critical thinking in an interdisciplinary context. 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)

Meet with the undergraduate advisor to plan courses, learn how you can get involved on campus and in the community, and discuss study abroad. Please use Starfish to schedule an advising appointment. You will receive an invitation for a remote meeting in Microsoft Teams just before your appointment. Send a quick email to Susan Nelson at if you have questions about how to do any of this.

Declare GWS certificate (online)

Please review the requirements for the undergraduate certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies before you complete the online declaration form. You will know that your declaration has been processed when you receive a welcome email from the GWS undergraduate advisor.


Undergraduate certificates are automatically posted to your transcript upon graduation by the Office of the Registrar based on completion via DARS. Please confirm that your certificate is complete (all ‘green text’) in DARS after you enroll for your final semester.



Plans for December 2020 and May 2021 graduation are still in the works. Details will be listed here soon.