This certificate introduces students to concepts crucial to the study and application of knowledge in the field of women and gender studies as they enter a highly competitive job market.
Certificate recipients will be able to apply and articulate interdisciplinary knowledge specific to women and gender studies such as social construction of gender in relation to such factors as race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, disability and age. This certificate program encourages students to take responsibility for their learning and think critically and creatively in their dialogue with others.
The curriculum includes courses that bring racism, classism, homophobia, and other vectors of women’s oppression into focus. In the four required courses, students will re-examine traditional ideas about gender roles and identities; learn about women’s experiences and contributions across cultures, communities, and historical periods; develop analytical skills demanded by feminist theory and methodology; and become better prepared for cultural, community, and employment settings across the world. As students complete this coursework and develop their careers, they will be able to apply their knowledge and solve the real-world problems associated with gender bias and oppression.