Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies

Vicky McLean, Program Director
(615) 898-5910

The certificate program in Women’s and Gender Studies seeks to provide students with knowledge of fundamental issues in sex and gender and how these are reflected in culture across time; how they shape institutions as well as personal experience; how they interact with issues such as ethnicity, race, and socioeconomic class; how new ways of thinking about gender challenge the processes by which knowledge about human beings and our behavior is acquired, interpreted, and transmitted; and how to do research within the field and apply this knowledge to one’s personal and professional life.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate certificate program requires

  1. an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  3. submit a current resume;
  4. submit a letter of interest and goals;
  5. successfully complete “Introduction to Women’s studies” or an equivalent course or have experience deemed acceptable by the admissions committee;
  6. submit two letters of reference.

Certificate Requirements

Candidate must

  1. complete 18 hours of graduate courses, with at least 12 hours at the 6000 level (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
  2. maintain a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.00 in courses leading to the certificate.

Curriculum: Women’s and Gender Studies

Candidate must complete 18 hours in the following course of study:

Required Courses (9 hours)

Electives (9 hours)

Approved courses must be taught by a WGST graduate faculty member to count towards the certificate.

6000/7000-level Courses

Program Notes

Students may transfer up to six (6) credit hours of approved coursework into the certificate program. The time limit for use of credit toward the certificate is six years from the date of enrollment in the earliest course applied toward the certificate, including transferred courses.

Candidate must file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the semester in term in which candidate intends to graduate.

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