The Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is a 15-unit interdisciplinary course of study that engages students in critical thinking about social categories of gender, sex, and sexuality, particularly as they intersect with other social categories integral to the construction of gender, sex, and sexuality including race, ethnicity, class, and nation. Building upon the historical foundation of scholarship in Women’s Studies, the Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies provides a space for inquiry regarding the social construction, lived experience, and politics of representation of bodies in a variety of social, cultural, historical, and political contexts. The Certificate provides students with “core” knowledge about women, genders, aid sexualities from a theoretical, multicultural, and historical perspective while also allowing students to select from elective courses across the disciplines to meet their own research, career, and educational goals.
The Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is comprised of a total of 15 units in required and elective courses. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree (B.A. in any field) and a 2.5 GPA in their last 90 quarter units will be eligible for admission to the certificate program. Once accepted, students will be required to develop a plan of study in consultation with an advisor. There are no other prerequisites for admission to the program, but WGSS 4000 requires the completion of WGSS 2000 or comparable coursework. Some electives may also require prerequisites.