Graduate Certification in Women's Studies


The graduate-level certification in Gender, Power, and Difference at Colorado State University is for students who, for professional and/or personal reasons, wish to supplement their graduate program of study. The program presumes a background in Women's Studies courses or their equivalent. Entering students should be able to demonstrate competency in the methodology and subject matter of an Introduction to Women's Studies course and one upper-division Women's Studies course.

Students who wish to pursue certification in the Women's Studies Interdisciplinary Program at the graduate level must apply at the Center for Women's Studies and Gender Research. Completion of requirements in the Women's Studies Interdisciplinary Program will be noted on the student's permanent record, and the student will also receive a certificate.

For graduate students, the Certificate is 9 credit hours, and is designed to help a student develop a concentration on women or gender in their graduate program. The graduate certificate is very flexible, and allows the student to create her or his own experience, based on her or his interests. Most graduate students find that it fits nicely with a two year master's program, though they may have to take one to two more classes than other members of their cohorts.

Admission to the M.A. Certificate:

Graduate Students must meet certain requirements to be admitted into the Certificate program. Requirements include:

  1. Completed a certificate, minor, or bachelor's degree in Women's Studies;
  2. Taken Women's Studies courses;
  3. Read a significant body of literature in Women's Studies; or
  4. Completed either paid or volunteer work in a Women's Studies applied area.

To be admitted to the program, students should complete the Application Form and attach appropriate documentation for the requirement that she or he meets listed above.

If none of these requirements are met, the student may still be admitted to the program by: A) Reading an introductory text in Women's Studies and one feminist theory text, B) Reading a feminist text related to the student's academic or career preparation field, or C) Writing a 3-5 page paper on what she or he believes a feminist perspective to be and its relevance to the process of inquiry and interpretation in the student's field.

Certificate Requirements:

Graduate Students must complete 9 credits and attend at least 2 colloquia to complete a certificate.

  1. Core Courses: Students must complete a minimum of six core credits, including the Graduate Seminar WS692: Foundations of Feminist Research.
  2. Supporting Courses: Students must also take a minimum of six credits of supporting courses which can be chosen from the list of supporting courses on the website, or petitioned for through the Supporting Course Form and reviewed by the Board. Courses can include an Independent Study, WS672, or Thesis, WS699. It is rare that a student would choose to do a Thesis for the Women's Studies requirement, because the thesis must be completely independent from the thesis requirement for the requirements for that person's primary degree. For graduate students, an independent study can include serving as a GTA for a course with women or gender as a focus.
  3. Women's Studies Colloquia: The CWSGR sponsors several Colloquia each year, designed to provide students and faculty a chance to interact in an academic setting, outside the classroom. Colloquia allow faculty the opportunity to share her or his research, and students the opportunity to explore areas of interest outside her or his academic discipline.

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