2017-2018 Graduate Catalog


Women and Gender Studies Certificate

A Certificate in Women and Gender Studies is available on the master's and doctoral degrees in selected programs. A list of eligible programs is available on the women and gender studies website. The certificate recognizes a student's intensive investigation of issues in women and gender studies in the context of her/his regular disciplinary graduate work.

Admission Requirements

A student must be enrolled in a master's or doctoral program approved by the women and gender studies program to participate. See the program website for a list of eligible programs. Application for admission to the certificate program should be made online to the director of women and gender studies.

Certificate Requirements

Completion of the certificate requires 12 hours (four courses), including WGST 60003 Graduate Colloquium in Feminist Theories and Methodologies. The other nine hours may be taken in one or more of the following ways:

  • Through pre-approved WGST-designated graduate courses in the student's field of study or in another department (with approval from the director of graduate studies in the student's major field);
  • Through an independent study, with approval from the director of women and gender studies and the director of graduate studies in the student's major field. A memo from the instructor explaining the feminist or gender components in this project must be submitted to and approved by the director of women and gender studies; and
  • Through a course that is not WGST-designated, but that includes a substantial feminist/gender component. The student's individual research in such a course will be directed towards these issues.

No more than three hours in independent study/thesis/dissertation writing may be applied to the certificate.

Interdisciplinary work is encouraged in the certificate program.

An approved list of courses is maintained by the director of women and gender studies. For more information, contact WGST@tcu.edu.