Women's and Gender Studies, Graduate Certificate

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Minimum Total Hours: 13

Program Code: G110

The purpose of the graduate certificate program is to provide an interdisciplinary graduate education which will broaden and/or give specialty focus to students’ Women’s and Gender studies. The program may particularly signify a student’s focus on one or more of the following: feminist scholarship, research, or creative activity in a particular field of study; teaching interdisciplinary Women’s and Gender Studies; or professional public service for/to women/girls/sexual minorities. The graduate certificate will augment and provide formal recognition to students’ work in this area, thereby enhancing their success in the academic and professional job markets.

Courses can be double counted between a graduate degree and a graduate certificate. However, courses cannot be double counted towards more than one graduate certificate.

Program Requirements

WGS 5001Women & Gender Studies Colloq1
WGS 5123Contemporary Feminist Thought3
Elective Specialty
Choose 9 hours as approved by the Women's and Gender Studies graduate committee and director 19
Total Credit Hours13

No more than 3 hours may be taken as Directed Readings, Independent Study, or Internship.

A graduate certificate is not a graduate degree. A graduate degree represents a program of independent inquiry beyond the depth of coursework alone, while a graduate certificate represents a set of courses only.

  • All courses must be taken at OU. No transfer credit will apply.
  • No course substitutions are permitted for graduate certificates.
  • Coursework applied to a graduate certificate cannot be more than five years old as of the semester the graduate certificate is awarded.
  • Students must earn a grade point average of 3.00 or higher on all coursework applied to the graduate certificate.