Academic Programs

Graduate Certificate Curriculum

Fifteen (15) hours must be successfully completed during five academic years to earn the certificate. At least 9 hours of course work must be at the 600 level or above. Courses fulfilling the certificate program may be used to meet the requirements in a degree program in accordance with the policies of The Graduate School.

Curriculum requirements consist of a core course (3 hours) and a minimum of 12 hours of electives. Students enrolled in a graduate degree program must take at least 3 hours of course work outside the degree-granting department.

Required Core Course (3 hours)

WGS 650 Feminist Theory: Intersections of Gender, Race, and Class (3)

The courses below may be taken in substitution for WGS 650 with permission of the advisor. These may also serve as electives.

WGS 651 Feminist Research Analysis (3) (with permission of instructor)
CST 659 Communication and Gendered Communities (3)
ELC 678 Feminist Theories and Education (3)
ELC 680 Transnational and Postcolonial Feminist Perspectives (3)
ENG 531 Feminist Theory and Women Writers (3)
ENG 688 Women’s Rhetoric and Feminist Pedagogy (3)
HDF 624 Feminist Theory and Research Methodologies (3)

Electives (12 hours)

Minimum of 12 hours chosen from graduate course offerings in WGS or other departments, as approved by the advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies. Although course offerings vary from semester to semester, a sampling of courses is listed below:

WGS 600 Independent Study (3) (if not taken as requirement)
WGS 601 Women’s and Gender Studies Internship (3) (if not taken as requirement)
WGS 602 Women’s and Gender Studies Internship Seminar (3) (if not taken as requirement)
WGS 698 Culminating Project (3) (with permission of the Director of Graduate Study)
CED 574a Contemporary Topics in Counseling: Counseling Women (3)
CST 659 Communication and Gendered Communities (3) (if not taken to meet core requirement)
ELC 609 Epistemology and Education (3)
ELC 664 Foundations of Interpretive Inquiry (3)
ELC 698 Gender, Art, Politics, and Pedagogy (3)
ESS 532 Women in Sport and Physical Activity (3)
ESS 630 Sport and Society: Social Inequalities (3)
HDF 673 The Family in Comparative Perspective (3)
HEA 662 Gender and Health (3)
HEA 665 Violence and Public Health (3)
HIS 530 History of Sexuality: Selected Topics (3)
HIS 551 Gender and History: Selected Topics (3)
MLS 610 Culture and Ideas (3) (when focus is on gender)
MLS 620 Human Nature and Society (3) (when focus is on gender)
TED 555 Multicultural Education (3)

Many graduate courses focusing on gender are offered under special topics numbers. Each semester the Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Program will designate courses that meet WGS certificate requirements. Students should check the UNCG Schedule of Courses for a current listing.

Graduate Certificate Plan of Study

Students will use this attached CertPlanofStudy2012 with their advisor (the WGS Director of Graduate Studies) to plan and record classes and progress toward completing teh certificate.


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