Washington University offers a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies for students in MA/PhD programs who wish to enhance their disciplinary studies with a concentration in gender studies.
The Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies requires the completion of five courses, at least two of which must be drawn from 400-level or above home-based Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses. The additional three required courses must be drawn from a 400-level or above home-based or cross-listed Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies course or from other, Program-approved, gender-based courses (see the Director for approval). Since a certificate requires three courses beyond those required for a student's home degree, participation in the certificate may require an extra semester of graduate classes. Those not interested in a certificate, but wanting to concentrate on gender within their disciplines to enhance their credentials and enrich their training may do so by pursuing a graduate minor according to the policies of their individual departments. Other students might participate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies courses without commitment to a concentration
How to Apply for a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Graduate students interested in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Certificate should first apply for admission to the Washington University department in which they wish to obtain an advanced degree. After being admitted, each student should notify his/her department advisor and the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program director of plans to obtain the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Certificate. In addition, students should submit an "Application for Admission to Certificate Program" form to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences office, with a copy to the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies office. The earlier we know who you are, the earlier we can include you in mailings about Program activities, lectures, conferences, and other events. Certificate application forms are available in the Graduate School office.
Opportunities within the Graduate Certificate Program
The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program offers graduate certificate students the means of meeting and working with graduate students in other departments. Graduate certificate students are on the program's mailing lists and are invited to participate in a variety of events, including special guest lectures, conferences, faculty searches, and informal gatherings. In the 2007-08 academic year, the program is initiating:
A regular graduate colloquium in which graduate students may share their work with others interested in feminist and gender-oriented scholarship
Joint Teaching Assistantships with a variety of departments to observe and then design sections of introductory courses in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. Students chosen to participate in this program do so under the guidance of a selected faculty member in their own department and of faculty mentors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Students must be close to ABD status to participate and must be recommended by the graduate director in their own departments and approved by the Director and Associate Director in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Participation in this program broadens students' teaching experiences and credentials for future job opportunities. The following departments are involved in this program:
Advantages of a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Our Graduate Certificate Students have found a number of opportunities open as a result of earning the Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. This has particularly been the case in the academic employment market, because graduates have been equipped to offer both disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarly and teaching expertise to hiring institutions. Interacting with faculty in the program and participating in the joint Teaching Assistantship provide students with a rich repertoire of pedagogical skills and with experience working in a collegial and supportive academic unit, which they hope to emulate in their future working environments.
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