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Vanderbilt University’s Program in Women’s and Gender Studies offers an interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program. The Certificate Program provides graduate students across campus with access to interdisciplinary scholarship in the robust field of gender studies; supplies them with a valuable professional credential; and strengthens their ability to compete for jobs as well as national fellowships and postdoctoral awards.

Courses taken at Vanderbilt University prior to admission to the Program may be counted toward the Certificate requirements with the approval of the director. Any student enrolled in a graduate program at Vanderbilt University is eligible to apply for the Certificate Program in gender studies. Acceptance to the program requires a minimum GPA of 3.3, satisfactory performance of B+ or better in Women’s and Gender Studies 8301, and the approval of both the student’s advisor and the director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

Requirements for Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies

  1. WGS 8301 Gender and Sexuality: Feminist Approaches. Interdisciplinary introduction to the major debates, theoretical terms, and research methods in feminist, gender, sexuality, and queer studies.
  2. WGS 8302 Gender and Pedagogy. Feminist theories of teaching and learning; gender and diversity in the classroom; critical pedagogy.
  3. Three additional graduate-level courses on women, gender, and/or sexuality, appropriate to the student’s program of study. Courses must be approved for credit and include at least one course outside the student’s area. One course may be satisfied through an independent study with a faculty member affiliated with the Women’s and Gender Studies program, with the approval of the director of Women’s and Gender Studies.
  4. A paper submitted to Women’s and Gender Studies for evaluation. The paper must demonstrate the application of a gender studies methodology to research, teaching, or fieldwork.

How to apply

  1. Download Declaration of Intent form.
  2. Fill out the form.
  3. Contact WGS to arrange a meeting with the Director.
  4. If you have completed the certificate requirements, fill out the application form.