As of 2012, the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies will administer a “Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies.” This certificate is available to students already accepted for graduate study or currently enrolled as graduate students in a home department or area of study at the university. Earning a Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies indicates that the bearer has an area of concentration and specialization in the interdisciplinary field of Gender Studies in addition to and/or within their regular graduate coursework.
Graduate students can earn this new certificate after competing a minimum of twelve hours of course work dealing with gender and/or women’s issues. They must take at least six of these hours outside of their home department, and no more than three hours can consist of Directed Readings. In addition, students cannot use thesis or dissertation hours to fulfill the overall course requirements. Students must maintain at least a “B” average in all courses counted towards the certificate and they have a limit of four years to complete it once they begin.
Classes that fulfill this requirement include ENG 694, HIS 660, HIS 690, PSY 561, SPAN 565 and SOC 625. Other classes may count towards the certificate with the approval of the Director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies.
Anyone interested in finding out more or enrolling in this certificate program should meet with the Director of the Sarah Isom Center for Women and Gender Studies to work on identifying appropriate courses and independent study options.