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Women's Studies Certificate


Women's Studies Certificate: 251

The Women’s Studies Certificate provides a solid foundation of coursework in the discipline.  It provides students with the opportunity to specialize in Women’s Studies in preparation for further work at a four-year institution, or for professional, personal and academic opportunities.  Students in the Certificate program must complete a minimum of 18 credits in Women’s Studies-designated courses:  WMST 101 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 credits), and 15 additional credits, including a Social Sciences course, a Humanities course, and a general elective. 


Program Requirements
WMST 101 Introduction to Women's Studies 3
Choose 15 credits from the list below including a social sciences course and a humanities course. 15
ENGL  208 Women in Literature 3
HLTH   215
Women's Health 3
HIST   112 Women in World History
HIST   228
Women in the Western World 3
MGMT 235
Managing Diversity in the Workplace 3
PHED 156
Self-Defense for Women 2
PHED 163
Weight Training Designs for Women 1
PHIL   212
Women in Philosophy I 3
PHIL   218
Women in Philosophy II 3
PSYC 207 Psychology of Women 3
SOCY 110
Families in Crisis 3
SOCY 208
Sociology of Gender 3
SOCY 211 Introduction to Community Fieldwork 3
SOCY 214
Sociology of the Family 3
SOCY 233
Race and Ethnic Relations 3
  WMST Elective 3
Total credit hours 18
Program Outcomes for the Women's Studies Certificate

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:


  • Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the history of women’s movements and of multidisciplinary scholarship about women and gender.
  • Describe how the application of a new “Women’s Studies” gender lens has challenged traditional historical, cultural, and epistemological assumptions.
  • Evaluate women's political, intellectual and cultural contributions in various realms (including literature, the visual arts, and music) on local, national and global levels.
  • Form judgments about the structure and causes of women’s roles in history from a global perspective.
  • Assess theoretical approaches to gender studies as they are applied in various disciplines and theoretical “schools”.
  • Analyze the ways that systems of dominance, such as sexism and racism, have functioned, have changed, and how they continue to change.
  • Explain why gender difference is fundamental to the construction of identity and the organization of human relations.
  • Connect ideas across disciplines, compare theories with experiences, and contrast different academic, psychological, and social perspectives on gender
  • Recognize how an awareness of women’s issues, women’s history, and women’s roles in society may positively affect the futures of transfer/graduate students (in all disciplines) and as professionals (in all professions).
  • Form judgments about the significance of gender diversity and gender equity in local, national and global arenas.

  • This program is not approved for federal or state student financial aid. 

Refer to course description pages to identify courses with prerequisites.
Courses in italics meet General Education requirements

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