Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies


The program in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies offers a post-baccalaureate Graduate Certificate, which provides opportunities to develop an understanding of Women’s and Gender 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 and Gender 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.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Organize and communicate ideas effectively.

  2. Engage in critical reasoning about social and political problems.

  3. Systematically review and evaluate scholarship in a range of areas of inquiry related to womanist/feminist and multicultural theories.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

The academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Hours Required

18 semester credit hours (SCH).

Coursework must be completed with an average grade of B or higher and selected in consultation with the Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate Advisor.

At least 9 SCH must be selected from the following
Foundations for Scholarly Inquiry in Women's and Gender Studies
Feminist Pedagogies
Feminist/Womanist Epistemologies
U.S. Women of Colors
Feminist/Womanist Theories
At least 3-9 SCH 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 Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate Advisor.  All coursework must be taken from offerings at the 5000 level or above in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies.  For more information and contact information, visit the Graduate Certificate page at Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies.

Graduate students already enrolled in another degree program at TWU should consult the Chair or Graduate Advisor of their degree program to determine whether the coursework taken for the Graduate Certificate in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies will apply toward their degree program. Students seeking admission to a TWU master’s or doctoral program, in addition to the P.B. Certificate in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies, must meet the entrance requirements of the degree program. Coursework taken as part of the certificate program may not be counted toward a graduate degree without approval of both the degree-granting department and the Graduate Dean.