Women's and Gender Studies

Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies

certificate code - cg30

The Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies consists of 15 credit hours of course work that can complement any graduate degree program.  

Course Requirements (15 hours):

No more that two 400-level course may be counted toward certificate. 

In lieu of an exam at the end of the graduate certificate program, students may also make a presentation in the seminar course at the end of the semester in which they take that course.

Required Courses
Choose one of the following:3
Feminist Theory
Choose one of the following:3
Independent Study
Independent Study
Independent Study
WGST Electives *9
Total Hours15

To enroll in the Graduate Certificate in Women's & Gender Studies, contact either the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies at their location, 325 Willey Street, or by phone at (304) 293-2339 or contact Cari Carpenter, the Interim Director of the Center for Women's & Gender Studies, by phone at (304) 293-2063 or via e-mail at cari.carpenter@mail.wvu.edu for an appointment to discuss your program.

Check in at least once a semester with the center to update your progress toward completion of the certificate.

Certificate Learning Outcomes

Women's and Gender Studies


Upon completion of the certificate students should be able to:

  • Content - Use the lens of feminist and gender theory to demonstrate how gender, race, class, ethnicity, age, and sexual identity shape experience and reflect social constructs.

  • Skills - Use critical thinking skills to formulate and defend positions by developing, supporting and presenting the information in written and oral form .

  • Use critical reading skills to analyze arguments to demonstrate an understanding of the scholarship and theoretical underpinning of the field of women’s and gender studies.

  • Application of knowledge - Develop the knowledge and gain the experience to apply social justice aspects of women’s and gender studies scholarship and activism in the classroom and in the community.