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Graduate Certificate

(to apply, see below)

Requirements prior to 18 November 2010: 12 hours of coursework including: WGSS 801: Women and Gender Studies: Theory and methods (3 hours; taught only in the Fall); two three-hour electives chosen from the list at the end of this document, from two different disciplines; and WGSS 898: Research Colloquium (3 hours; taught only in the Spring).

Effective for all applicants: new description & new requirements

The Graduate Certificate Program in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies is designed to provide students with a focused program of study of women, gender and sexuality, and to provide certification of the completion of the program on a graduate transcript. 

Students may enroll in the Program (see below) either as a stand alone program (non-degree seeking) or in combination with a graduate degree program in another department.

A graduate certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies may be particularly appealing to students in the humanities, social sciences, or science who seek academic employment in interdisciplinary women’s studies programs, perhaps in addition to a main appointment in their home discipline.

It will also be useful for those who currently work with or hope to work with women’s organizations or in supervisory capacities in business or government.

New Requirements (beginning Fall 2011)

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 below) or approved by the graduate director.

Application and Admissions Procedures

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in WGSS, click here.

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.

Students already in a KU graduate program must be in good standing with their graduate degree program in order to participate in the certificate program, must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and must provide a letter of support from their graduate degree program. After they submit their KUGRAD form they will be asked to submit a current ArtsForm to the Department.

Students not already in a KU graduate program will be asked (after they submit their KUGRAD form) to provide the WGSS Department with the following.

  • a letter stating the student's interest in the WGSS Graduate Certificate Program;
  • a copy of the student's latest college transcript (this does not need to be an official copy);
  • two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the student's academic work or potential for graduate study, if they are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at KU
    one letter of support from their graduate advisor stating their "good standing" in their current graduate department at KU.

This material may be sent

  • as email attachments to: wgss@ku.edu
  • or in hard copy mailed to:
    Director of Graduate Studies
    Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
    318 Blake Hall
    1541 Lilac Lane
    University of Kansas
    Lawrence, KS 66045
    (785) 864-2310

Core Courses

  • WGSS 800: History of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (3) SEM.
    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) SEM.
    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) SEM.
    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, an approved list

Other courses may be approved by the Graduate Director.

  • 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 549/HIST 649: History of Feminist Theory
  • WGSS 560/AAAS 560: Race, Gender, & Post-Colonial Discourse
  • WGSS 562/POLS 562: Women and Politics
  • 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 652/AMS 650: Jazz and American Culture – Gender, Race and Jazz
  • WGSS 653/POLS 653: Gender, War, and Peace
  • WGSS 660/ANTH 660: Human Reproductions: Culture, Power & Politics
  • WGSS 665/ANTH 665/ LAAS 665: Women, Health & Healing in Latin America
  • WGSS 689/PSYCH 689: Conceptual Issues in Human Sexuality
  • WGSS 696: Conceptual Issues in Human Sexuality
  • WGSS 701: Graduate Seminar
  • WGSS 789/ANTH 789: Anthropology of Gender: Advanced Seminar in the Four Fields
  • WGSS 797: Directed Readings
  • WGSS 810: Comparative Sexualities
  • 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. Studies
  • ENGL 970: Seminar in American Literature: Edith Wharton & Willa Cather
  • ENGL 970: Seminar in American Lit. 19th Cen. Women Writers
  • FMS 620: International Women Filmmakers
  • 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 Care & 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 Roman Catholic Tradition
  • 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 Thought? or 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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