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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Undergraduate Certificate

Faculty contact: Dr. Kim Little

Admissions Information

Certificate Requirements

Program Overview

The undergraduate certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) offers students an opportunity to engage in a rich academic program that addresses gender and sexuality and their intersection with race, class, and other aspects of diversity.

The certificate is comparable to a minor in that it requires about the same number of credit hours. The advantage of the certificate is that it is interdisciplinary, allowing students to study issues relating to gender and sexuality from a variety of perspectives. As such, it provides an excellent complement to the wide variety of undergraduate majors available at Ohio University.

Careers and Graduate School

The certificate in WGSS prepares students in critical thinking and effective communication and can be applied to a variety of careers. It functions like a minor. A high percentage of WGSS graduates go on to graduate school immediately following graduation from Ohio University. They typically pursue careers in academia, law, non-profit organizations, or advocacy work.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Certificate Requirements

Certificate Code CTWGSS

Certificate Hours Requirement

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies certificate program requires a minimum of 18 hours.

Core Requirements

Complete the following courses:

  • WGSS 1000 - Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 2000 - Issues in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 3500 - Feminist Theory Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4800 - Capstone in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credit Hours: 3.0

Elective Requirements

Complete two of the following courses:

  • AAS 3450 - The Black Woman Credit Hours: 3.0
  • AAS 3460 - Black Men and Masculinities Credit Hours: 3.0
  • AAS 4820 - The Black Family Credit Hours: 3.0
  • AH 4111 - The Representation and Theorization of Gender in the History of Art Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ANTH 3450 - Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ANTH 3490 - Life History: The Individual and Culture Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 2020 - The Biology of Sex Differences Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CFS 4600 - Children, Families, and Diversity Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CLAS 3430 - Women in the Ancient Mediterranean Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CLWR 2220 - Difficult Dialogues: Religion, Gender and Sexuality Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CLWR 4350 - Women in Buddhist Traditions Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CLWR 4430 - Women and Religion Credit Hours: 3.0
  • COMS 3410 - Women and Health Communication Credit Hours: 3.0
  • COMS 4200 - Gender and Communication Credit Hours: 3.0
  • COMS 4410 - Communication in the Family Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3220 - Economics of Human Resources Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3060J - Women and Writing Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3250 - Women and Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3260 - Lesbian and Gay Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3270 - Queer Rhetorics and Writing Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3280 - Women's Rhetorics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 3270 - Social Geographies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 4450 - Gender, Environment, and Development Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3200 - Women in American History Before 1877 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3201 - Women in American History Since 1877 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3202 - Women's Health and Medicine in U.S. History Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3320 - History of Women in the Middle East Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3390 - Women in African History Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3540 - History of Early Christianity Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3555 - Women in Medieval Europe Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3600 - Women in Early Modern European History, 1400-1800 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3601 - Women in Modern European History, 1800-present Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3602 - Women Warriors: Women and War in Europe Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3710 - Magic, Heresy and Witchcraft in Europe Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3715 - Sex, Crime and Deviance in Europe, 1200-1800 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HLTH 2100 - Women and Health Credit Hours: 3.0
  • JOUR 4130 - Gender, Race, and Class in Journalism and Mass Media Credit Hours: 3.0
  • LING 3900 - Language of Women and Men Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MDIA 3810 - Women and the Media Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MDIA 4175 - Media and Sexual Representation Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MGT 4420 - Gender Issues in Management Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PBIO 2170 - Women in Science Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 4067 - Women and Politics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 4190 - Gay and Lesbian Politics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 4210 - The Politics of Law and Sexuality Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 4740 - Sexuality and Queer Theories Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 4752 - The Politics of Intersectionality Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 4780 - Feminist Political Theories and Movements Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PSY 3440 - Psychology of Gender Credit Hours: 3.0
  • SASM 4000 - Diversity and Sport Credit Hours: 3.0
  • SOC 2200 - Introduction to the Family Credit Hours: 3.0
  • SOC 3720 - Sociology of Masculinity Credit Hours: 3.0
  • SOC 4210 - Comparative Studies of Family Credit Hours: 3.0
  • SOC 4220 - The American Family System Credit Hours: 3.0
  • SOC 4670 - Violence Against Women Credit Hours: 3.0
  • SOC 4700 - Sociology of Gender Credit Hours: 3.0
  • SOC 4710 - Gender and Justice Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 2100 - Women, Gender, and Rock and Roll Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 3200 - Sexual Revolutions Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 3910 - Internship in Women's and Gender Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4100 - Global Feminisms Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4110 - Women and Globalization Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4500 - Advanced Feminist Theory Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4600 - Gender, Sexuality, and Culture Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4610 - Queer Theory Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 3810J - Writing Gender Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4900 - Special Topics in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credit Hours: 3.0

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