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Prospective Students

The Women's Studies Certificate Program is an optional course of study for students already enrolled in a Ph.D. program at The Graduate Center. It is designed to complement existing doctoral programs and to accept as electives those coursesthat the student uses to fulfill degree requirements elsewhere in The Graduate Center. The certificate is awarded when the graduate degree is conferred. Women'sStudies courses also may be taken to fulfill requirements for the Women's Studies concentration in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at the Graduate Center. All students are welcome to register for courses in Women's Studies, regardless of their intention to pursue the Certificate.


Course Requirements

To qualify for the Certificate, students must take one prerequisite course(unless similar course work has been done at another institution), two required courses, and a minimum of two electives.

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Required Courses:

Five Courses are now required to earn a certificate of completion:

  • One required prerequisite: Feminist Texts and Theories
  • Two required core classes: Global Feminisms (3 credits) and Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (3 credits)
  • Two electives: two additional courses that are cross-listed with WSCP

Note: WSCP course requirements were revised in 2008. For those students who have completed the older versions of the prerequisites courses-including Feminist Texts and Contexts, Contemporary Feminist Theories, and the required course Workshop (Research Methodologies)- those courses WILL COUNT towards your certificate.

WSCP has lowered the course requirements from six courses to five courses. Specific changes include:

  • Feminists Texts and Contexts has been combined with Contemporary Feminist Theories to make one course Introduction to Women's Studies: Texts and Theories
  • Transnational Feminisms has been changed to Global Feminisms
  • the workshop (methodologies) has changed to Topics in Women's and Gender Studies.

Students will receive a Certificate of Completion upon finishing all the required coursework.

** Students will receive the actual Certificiate in Women's Studies upon graduation from their doctoral program.

Prerequisite Course:

Introduction to Women's Studies: Texts and Theories (3 credits) This course provides a broad overview of the issues and methods of Women's Studies. The instructors will use an interdisciplinary approach to consider some of the themes, questions, methodologies and findings of women's studies scholarship. The course will introduce students to a selection of feminist texts, taken from both literary and social science sources, and also to classic and contemporary theoretical works . In addition, students will explore the ways in which the field of Women's Studies has raised new questions and brought new perspectives to those areas where the humanities and social and behavioral sciences intersect, with material which is interdisciplinary in nature and frequently poses a challenge to conventional disciplinary boundaries.

Special Course:

Dissertation Workshop in Women and Gender Studies (0 credits)::

This course is open to students in all Programs, but especially students at the dissertation level, who are working on projects that involve women and/or gender. The class will be conducted as a workshop; participants will have an opportunity to share their work with other students doing work on women and gender issues--prospectuses, dissertations, long seminar papers, papers for publication--and receive feedback. The class meets once a week; students post pieces that they would like to have the class respond to and the class is devoted to response and discussion.
Class meets in the Spring semester only.