The Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies can be earned in conjunction with Master’s or Doctoral work in a wide variety of subjects. The certificate can also be earned through a freestanding course of study not linked to a graduate degree. The Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies exposes students from a variety of disciplines to the core theories and approaches used in studies of women, gender (which includes masculinity), feminism, and sexuality.
The Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies requires the completion of 12 credit hours of graduate coursework. Students must take 2 core courses and 2 elective courses. If a student’s M.A. or Ph.D. program accepts the 2 core courses and the student can take the 2 electives in their graduate program (see below), students can complete the certificate without any additional coursework beyond that required for the M.A. or Ph.D. However, transfer credit is not accepted in the certificate program.
2 Core Courses: Students are required to complete 2 of the following courses. Students should select courses that reflect their interests.
2 Electives: Students must also complete 2 elective courses at the graduate level. Any graduate-level course offered by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program will count as an elective. Elective courses can also come from other disciplines. These courses may be seminars, directed readings, or directed research courses as long as they focus on women, gender, feminism, or sexuality. Students wishing to use a course offered in another department or program as an elective should have the Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Coordinator approve the course prior to enrolling in it.
This is the schedule of core courses for 2015-2016:
Visit the Graduate School’s website to apply online for admission and to find important information, such as the Graduate Catalog.
Office of Graduate Admissions, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
For more information on this graduate certificate, contact the Graduate Coordinator for Women’s and Gender Studies: