Graduate Certificate

The purpose of the graduate certificate program is to provide an interdisciplinary graduate education which will broaden and/or give specialty focus to students’ Women’s and Gender studies. The program may particularly signify a student’s focus on one or more of the following: feminist scholarship, research or creative activity in a particular field of study; teaching interdisciplinary Women’s and Gender Studies; or professional public service for/to women/girls/sexual minorities. The graduate certificate will augment and provide formal recognition to students’ work in this area, thereby enhancing their success in the academic and professional job markets.

Students matriculating for a graduate degree in any college at the University of Oklahoma may pursue the Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate to broaden or to give specialty-focus to their graduate programs. Students may also enroll directly in the Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies program. Any Women’s and Gender Studies faculty member who holds an M1, M2 or M3 Graduate Faculty status through the Graduate College may serve as the student’s graduate WGS adviser, as academically relevant to the particular program of study. The Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate may particularly signify a student’s focus on one or more of the following: a.) feminist scholarship, research or creative activity in a particular field of study; b.) teaching interdisciplinary Women’s and Gender Studies; or c.) professional public service for/to women/girls/sexual minorities.

Total hours required for the graduate certificate: 13
4 hours of core courses and 9 hours of guided electives

Required Core Classes (4 hours):

WGS 5001 Women's and Gender Studies Colloquium (1 hour): Discussion and review of the major debates and literature in the field with an emphasis on feminist research methods and approaches. Students will be exposed to approaches to women's and gender studies in such major disciplines as anthropology, sociology, political science, education, English, history, communication, human relations, modern languages, etc.

WGS 5123 Contemporary Feminist Thought (3 hours): This course offers a survey of the core concepts and texts of feminist theory. It is intended to expose students to the major works in feminist theory, as well as critiques and scholarly analysis of them. It begins with a discussion of the roots of feminist theory, focusing in particular on the public/private dichotomy in liberal political theory and its implications for women. It then moves on to an examination of the major works and disputes within the first, second and third waves of American (and to a lesser extent European) liberal feminism. The second part of the course treats alternatives to liberal feminist thought beginning with the Marx and existential feminism and moving to radical, cultural and multicultural feminism. The third part of the course treats the impact of postmodernism on feminist thought and the rise of global feminism.

Elective Specialty (9 hours):

Nine credit hours selected from courses approved for graduate study in Women's and Gender Studies or other courses as approved by the graduate committee to make a coherent program of study.

 

Application Process:

Students who are not already enrolled in the OU Graduate College and wish to apply to the graduate certificate program should begin by applying to the Graduate College, http://www.ou.edu/gradweb.

Students wishing to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies should send a letter to the Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Committee outlining their goals and how the graduate certificate will enhance their program of study, along with the application form available here. The letter should be signed by both the student and her/his major professor or department head. 

After acceptance into the Graduate College, the student will meet with the graduate liaison or a member of the graduate committee to select the courses most congruent with their program of study.  The student will also need to click here to add the certificate program to your current graduate status with the Graduate College.

Students need to complete a Graduate Certificate Program Report form listing the courses to be counted towards the certificate.  Please bring the form to the WGS office to get the Graduate Liaison's signature prior to the deadline set by the Graduate College for that semester.