Ohio University

Graduate Certificate in Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Program Overview

The interdisciplinary graduate certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies introduces students to a wide range of theoretical and practical perspectives on gender and sexuality and provides an excellent complement to the wide array of graduate degrees offered at Ohio University.

Admission Requirements: Certificate students must be enrolled in any M.A. or Ph.D. program at Ohio University.

Career Opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies equips students to engage in a wide range of analytical frameworks and empirical perspectives involving gender and other elements of diversity. There is increasing demand for expertise in issues related to gender both globally and locally.

Not only are businesses and corporations looking for employees with an understanding of women's issues such as sexual harassment, flex-time, parental leave, pay equity, and equal employment opportunities, but also the development globally of agencies and organizations related to gender concerns is spurring demand for graduates with a specialization in women's and gender studies.

Additionally, there is growing demand in the professions of law, medicine, social work, teaching.

Certificate Requirements

Certificate Hours Requirement

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduate certificate requires four courses, including:

WGSS 5890: Graduate Seminar in Feminist Theory

Three graduate-level courses from WGSS core graduate and cross-listed course offerings.

Two of these courses must be outside the student's major field.

  • AH 5111 The Representation and Theorization of Gender in the History of Art
  • ANTH 5450 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ANTH 5490 Life History: The Individual and Culture
  • CFS 5600 Children, Family, Diversity
  • CLWR 5450 Women in Buddhism
  • COMS 6230 Gender and Communication
  • COMS 6240 Communication in the Family
  • COMS 8330 Feminist Rhetorical Theory
  • ECON 5220 Economics of Human Resources
  • GEOG 5270 Social Geographies
  • GEOG 5450 Gender, Environment, and Development
  • GEOG 6430 Gender and Development
  • HIST 5200 Women in American History Before 1877
  • HIST 5201 Women in American History Since 1877
  • HIST 5202 Women's Health and Medicine in U.S. History
  • HIST 5390 Women in African History
  • HIST 5540 History of Early Christianity
  • HIST 5555 Women in Medieval Europe
  • HIST 5600 Women in Early Modern European History, 1400-1800
  • HIST 5601 Women in Modern European History, 1800-present
  • HIST 5715 Sex, Crime and Deviance in Europe, 1200-1800
  • IART 7502 Performance Studies:The Body
  • JOUR 5130: Gender, Race, and Class in Journalism and Mass Media
  • MDIA 5175 Media and Sexual Representation
  • POLS 5067 Women and Politics
  • POLS 5190 Gay and Lesbian Politics
  • POLS 5210 The Politics of Law and Sexuality
  • POLS 5740 Sexuality and Queer Theories
  • POLS 5752 The Politics of Intersectionality
  • POLS 5780 Feminist Political Theories and Movements
  • SASM 5000 Women in Sports
  • SOC 5220 The American Family System
  • SOC 5670 Violence Against Women
  • SOC 5700 Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 5710 Gender and Justice
  • WGSS 5100 Global Feminisms
  • WGSS 5110 Women and Globalization
  • WGSS 5500 Advanced Feminist Theory
  • WGSS 5600 Gender, Sexuality, and Culture
  • WGSS 5610 Queer Theory
  • WGSS 5900 Special Topics
  • WGSS 5930 Independent Reading (offered at instructor?s discretion)

How to Enroll

To enroll in a certificate program: Visit the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Office at 31 S. Court St. during advising office hours. Contact Dr. Kim Little to make an appointment. Fill out two forms, one of which needs the adviser's signature. After the form is signed, graduate students take it to the Graduate College.

International students need a signature from the International Student Adviser in International Student and Faculty Services in Walter International Education Center. Students must be enrolled in the certificate program at least one full semester before they plan to graduate, so it's best to start the paperwork as soon as possible.