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WGS Graduate Certificate

About the Program

The Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies Program provides a base of study that addresses the intersecting issues of gender, age, race, ethnicity, class, regionalism, nationalism, sexual identity, etc. as they affect women and men. The certificate is complementary to a wide variety of graduate programs, and is also available as a standalone certificate.

A flexible, interdisciplinary academic program, Women and Gender Studies (WGS) is unique at USU in bringing together women and men of all ethnicities and sexual identities to explore the many ways in which gender influences people’s lives and world views. Courses focus on the role of gender in human culture, examining the dynamics of sex roles and gender ideals, both historically and in the present. Through coursework and research, students engage in the study of femininities and masculinities, as well as the social forces that construct these gender identities, from many perspectives.

Requirements of the Program

The Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies requires 12-credit hours at the graduate level. Both Feminist Theories WGS 6910 and Feminist Research Methods WGS 6920 are required courses. Two additional 3-credit graduate level courses that are WGS courses or WGS-approved electives are required. (12 credit hours total) Starting spring semester 2016 it is required that all WGS minor and certificate students must attend at least two events per semester; the events must encompass a gender studies topic with preference given to the CWG program events. 

Financial Aid

The Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies is now eligible for financial aid. If you have questions please contact the USU financial aid office at (435) 797-0173.

Application Procedure

Applications to the Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies program take place on two levels: 1) the University level and 2) the Program level. Students must be admitted at both the University and Program levels to receive the certificate.

At the University level, students not currently enrolled in a graduate-level degree granting program at Utah State University must apply to the University through the Undergraduate Admissions Office or Quick Admit through Regional Campuses and Distance Education (RCDE). Only students who have no intention of attending the Logan Campus and who have no financial aid needs should apply through Quick Admit.

Students already enrolled in a graduate-level degree granting program should apply solely at the program level.

  • Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies Application Form
  • Unofficial transcripts from all universities attended
  • A 300-600 word statement of purpose explaining your interest in the Certificate Program and your background in Women and Gender Studies

After acceptance into the program, students will be required to submit a proposed plan of study. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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