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For the Graduate Certificate students must apply to the School of Graduate Studies, whether the student is already a student in a KU graduate program or not.  Using the KUGRAD form, students apply as a Graduate Certificate Student in the WGSS program, and pay the $30.00 application fee.

The KU Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Certificate requires 12 hours of coursework including two core courses: EITHER WGSS 800 History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; OR WGSS 801 Feminist Theory; PLUS WGSS 802 Feminist Methodologies; and two 3-hour electives chosen from a list of recommended graduate courses (see list below) or other course as approved by the graduate director.


WGSS 800:  History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (3)  An introduction to the field of women, gender and sexuality studies, paying particular attention to its development, its reception by and influence on academic disciplines, and its institutionalization.  Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of the instructor.

WGSS 801: Feminist Theory (3)  A survey of contemporary feminist theories produced within and across disciplines (including but not limited to, eco-feminism, and liberal, cultural, materialist, psychoanalytic, radical, and black feminist thought).. Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of the instructor.

WGSS 802: Feminist Methodologies (3) An introduction to the methods used in feminist research in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences (e.g., quantitative and qualitative research methods, archival research, and oral histories).  We will consider examples of applications of each method, the strengths, and limitations of each method, and how each method relates to feminist theories and principles.  Prerequisites: graduate standing and consent of the instructor.

Elective Courses:

Course #                                               Course Title                                                   
WGSS 510/AMS 510/HIST 530             History of American Women:  Colonial Times to 1870                                   
WGSS 511/AMS 511/HIST 531              History of American Women:  1870-Present                                                             
WGSS 512/AMS 512/HIST 532             History of Women and Work in Comparative Perspective
WGSS 521                                            Women and Violence         
WGSS 530                                            Sex and Gender in New Media
WGSS 549/HIST 649                             History of Feminist Theory                           
WGSS 560/AAAS 560                           Race, Gender, & Post-Colonial Discourse   
WGSS 562/POLS 562                           Women and Politics 
WGSS 563                                            Gender, Sexuality and the Law
WGSS 570/HWC 570                            Men and Masculinities                                 
WGSS 575/HWC 575                            Body, Self and Society                                
WGSS 580/ANTH 580                           Feminism & Anthropology                         
WGSS 583/ANTH 583                           Love, Sex, and Globalization                
WGSS 600/POLS 600                           Contemporary Feminist Political Theory      
WGSS 646/HIST 646                             Witches in European History and Historiography                    
WGSS 651/POLS 651                           Women and Politics in Latin America
WGSS 653/POLS 653                           Gender, War, and Peace
WGSS 660/ANTH 660                           Human Reproductions: Culture, Power & Politics
WGSS 662/AAAS 662                           Gender and Politics in Africa
WGSS 665/ANTH 665/LAAS 665          Women, Health & Healing in Latin America
WGSS 689/PSYC 689                           Conceptual Issues in Human Sexuality     
WGSS 696                                            Studies In:          
WGSS 701                                            Seminar in:         
WGSS 770/HWC 770                            Research in Men and Masculinities 
WGSS 775                                            Advanced Study in the Body and Senses
WGSS 789/ANTH 789                           Anthropology of Gender: Advanced 
                                                             Seminar in the Four Fields
WGSS 797                                            Directed Readings
WGSS 821                                            Women and Violence
WGSS 837                                            Comparative Colloquium in Women’s History  
WGSS 873                                            Research Seminar in U.S. Women’s History      
WGSS 898                                            Research Colloquium     
AAAS 520                                              Women & Islam                                     
AAAS 520                                              Muslim Women’s Autobiography         
AAAS 520                                              Studies in: African Women Writers       
AAAS 520                                              Studies in: Popular African Fiction Gender, Sex, and Romance
AAAS 545                                              Unveiling the Veil                                 
AAAS 598                                              Sexuality and Gender in African History   
AAAS 657                                              Gender in Islam and Society     
AMS 696                                                Studies in: American Women During World War II         
COMS 552                                             Rhetoric of Women’s Rights                     
COMS 559                                             Women as Political Communicators             
COMS 930                                            Seminar in Speech: Gender Issues in Organization      
COMS 930                                             Seminar in Speech: Women as Political Communicators  
EALC 575                                              Love, Sexuality & Gender in Japanese Lit.  
ENGL 572                                             Women and Literature                                 
ENGL 572                                             Women and Literature: Feminist Criticism/Women’s Texts
ENGL 572                                             Women’s Autobiography & Bildungsroman
ENGL 620                                             Queen Elizabeth I                                         
ENGL 709                                             Feminist Theory/Women’s Texts             
ENGL 970                                             Seminar in Comp. Theory, Feminism Comp.Std.
ENGL 970                                             Seminar in American Literature-Edith Wharton & Willa Cather             
ENGL 970                                             Seminar in Amer. Lit. 19th Cen. Women Writers   
FMS 620                                               International Women Filmmakers         
FMS 702                                               Representation of Race, Class, & Gender in Visual Culture             
FMS 702                                               As She Sees It: An Interdisciplinary Study Of Women Filmmakers Since WWII 
HA 505                                                  Special Study: Women/Modern Art            
HA 533                                                  Europe 1789-1848: Gender and Revolution
HIST 510                                               Women in Latin America                              
HIST 532/AMS 512                                History of Women and Work in Comparative Perspective                 
HIST 533                                               History of Women & Family in Europe: 1500 to Present    
HIST 598                                               Sexuality & Gender in African History        
HIST 608                                               History of Sexuality                                     
HIST 609                                               History of Women and Reform in the U.S.  
HIST 896                                               Colloquium in U.S. Women’s History          
HIST 973                                               Seminar in U.S. Women’s History               
HPM 850                                               Women and Health Care                            
HSCA 620                                             Issues in Women’s Health & Health Care   
PHIL 504                                               Philosophy of Sex and Love                        
PHIL 671                                               Feminist Theories in Ethics                   
PSYC 690                                             Studies in: Human Sexuality, Scientific
                                                                   and Cultural Perspectives 
PSYC 993                                             Intergroup Relations                                     
REL 602                                               Special Topics in Religion: Women in Islam       
REL 602                                               Special Topics in Religion: Sex and Gender 
REL 672                                               Mother as Religious Metaphor                    
REL 677                                               Women in Christianity                                
REL 777                                               Seminar in Religion and Gender                
REL 875                                               Women & Religion                                       
REL 877                                               Seminar on Women and Religion              
SOC 535                                              Gender in the Global Context                      
SOC 601                                              Introduction to Feminist Social Theory 
SOC 617                                              Women & Health Care                               
SOC 623                                              Women & Work                                    
SOC 682                                              Sociology of Family
SOC 722                                              Sociology of Gender                               
SOC 780                                              Women of the Third World                         
SOC 780                                              Adv. Topics: Gender and Social Policy        
SOC 808                                              Feminist Theories                                     
SOC 826                                              Gender and Social Policy                             
SOC 970                                              Ethnicity and Sexuality                              
SW 874                                                Social Work Practice with Women                

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