Undergraduate Certificate in Gender Studies

The Gender Studies certificate provides you with an opportunity to study how gender and sexuality influence human behavior, culture, and society. You will examine issues of gender as they relate to class, race, age, sexual orientation, and ethnicity in order to better understand a variety of women- and gender-related issues.

Certificate Information

24 credit hours
Minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0

Gender Studies courses are interdisciplinary in content and approach. Students in the Gender Studies program take courses in a wide variety of disciplines, including social and natural sciences, humanities, business, economics, and education.

For more information specific to you and your situation, meet with your academic advisor and find your ideal pathway to complete your certificate on time.

This certificate requires 24 credit hours chosen from gender studies and related interdisciplinary subjects.

  • Completion of required courses, GNDR-G 101 and GNDR-G 498
  • Two humanities courses from the approved list of electives
  • Two social science courses from the approved list of electives
  • At least 12 of these 18 credit hours must be in 300- to 400-level courses


Required Courses
6 credit hours

  • GNDR-G 101 Gender, Culture, and Society
  • GNDR-G 498 Seminar in Gender Studies (Senior Seminar)

18 credit hours

  • CJUS-P 335 – Race, Gender, and Inequality in the Criminal Justice System
  • ENG-L 207 – Women and Literature
  • ENG-L 335 – Victorian Literature
  • ENG-L 378 – Studies in Women and Literature
  • FINA-A 485 – Women and Gender in the Visual Arts
  • FINA-A 490 – Special Topics in Art History
  • HPER-H 305 – Women's Health
  • LSTU-L 210 – Workplace Discrimination/Fair Employment
  • LSTU-L 290 – Topics in Labor Studies: Preventing Sexual Harassment
  • LSTU-L 290 – Topics in Labor Studies: Family Medical Leave Act
  • LTSU-L 385 – Class, Race, Gender and Work
  • PHIL-P 345 – Problems in Social and Political Philosophy: Gender and Sexuality
  • PHIL-P 394 – Feminist Philosophy
  • POLS-Y 324 – Women and Politics
  • PSY-B 388 – Human Sexuality
  • PSY-P 460 – The Psychology of Women
  • REL-R 364 – Topics in Gender and Western Religion
  • SOC-R 320 – Sexuality and Society
  • SOC-R 326 – Masculinity and Society
  • SOC-R 463 – Inequality and Society
  • SOC-S 338 – Sociology of Sex Roles
  • SOC-S 416 – The Family
  • SPCH-S 450 – Gender and Communication
  • WOST-W 495 – Readings and Research in Women's Studies


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