Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Gender and Sexuality Studies certificate program allows students to examine how gender and sexuality as social constructs shape individual lives, groups, institutions, and social structures. Students will have the opportunity to examine individual development, couples, families, small groups, and organizations as well as the media, arts, and economic and political systems. The courses explore how gender and sexuality intersect with race, culture, ethnicity, and social class in the interest of social justice. 

Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated or extended learning students and denote successful completion of a prescribed program of study designed to:

  1. impart specified professional/vocational/career competencies; or
  2. produce mastery of the content of a sub-field of an academic major (discipline); or
  3. provide exposure to the range of materials in a traditional or emerging interdisciplinary field.

Certain certificate programs contain 6000-level courses as requirements and/or electives. These 6000-level courses may not be taken by undergraduate students. Candidates must receive two-thirds of their certificate-applicable credit from the university. The transferring of credit or the substitution of courses may occur only after application to the appropriate campus authority.

Certificate requirements (18 units)

Six courses (18 units) selected from the following:18
GSS 1000Introduction to Women's Studies3
GSS 1010Introduction to Masculinity Studies3
GSS 1020Introduction to Transgender Studies3
GSS 1030Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies3
GSS 3901Special Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies3
GSS 4200Feminist Theory3
GSS 4250Women as Agents of Social Change3
GSS 4500Queer Theory3
GSS 5953Independent Study3
Total Units45