Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women's Studies

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The Department of Women’s Studies offers a post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate, which provides opportunities to develop understanding of Women’s Studies scholarship, including diverse theories of knowledge, power, and social transformation. The Graduate Certificate program is open to students enrolled in any graduate degree program at Texas Woman’s University as well as to qualified individuals seeking only the Certificate. For students enrolled in graduate degree programs at TWU, the Certificate provides grounding in feminist research methods and approaches to traditional academic disciplines, while strengthening credentials for college-level teaching in Women’s Studies. For students enrolled only in the Certificate program, the Certificate complements professional work in community agencies and institutions that seek to enhance women’s lives and promote social justice.

Admission Requirements for the Certificate Program

Students already admitted to another graduate program at TWU should submit a letter requesting admission and a statement of purpose (500-700 words) describing the relationship of the Certificate to their intellectual and professional goals. These materials should be submitted to the Women's Studies Graduate Certificate Advisor. They should consult the Chair or Graduate Advisor of their graduate program to determine whether the coursework taken for the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies will apply toward their degree program. Students seeking admission to a master’s or doctoral program, in addition to the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, must meet the entrance requirements of the degree program.

Students entering TWU only for the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies must apply for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the Department of Women’s Studies also requires a statement of purpose (500-700 words) describing the relationship of the Graduate Certificate to the student’s intellectual and professional goals. The statement of purpose should be submitted to the Women's Studies Graduate Certificate Advisor.

Course Requirements for the Certificate Program (minimum of 18 semester credit hours)

A minimum of 18 semester credit hours of coursework at the 5000-level or above, completed with an average grade of B or better and selected in consultation with the Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate Advisor.

At least 9 semester credit hours must be selected from the following:
Foundations for Scholarly Inquiry in Women's Studies
Feminist Pedagogies
Feminist/Womanist Epistemologies
U.S. Women of Colors
Feminist/Womanist Theories
At least 3-9 semester credit hours must be selected from the following:
Art, Activism, and Social Justice
Law, Gender, and Sexuality
Rights, Race, and Social Justice
Transgressive Identities: Queer Theories and Critical 'Race' Theories
Feminism and Religion
Ecofeminist Theorizing, Spirituality, and Activism
Gloria Anzaldua Seminar: Theories, Politics, and Transformation
Black Feminist Thought
Women At Work: Race, Migration, Labors
Spiritual Activism: Social Justice Theories for Holistic Transformation
Special Topics

Any remaining semester credit hours must be selected in consultation with the Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate Advisor. These electives must be related to Women’s Studies at the 5000-level or above.