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Women’s and Gender Studies Program

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Our certificate program features a multidisciplinary faculty, curriculum and student body, and offers a range of opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship, professional development and community involvement.


The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at the University of South Carolina promotes understanding of the diverse array of women’s experiences through a complete program of teaching, research, and service to the University, the local community, the state, and the nation. Through its research mission, women’s and gender studies reconceptualizes knowledge, creates new knowledge, and reinterprets existing knowledge through the lens of gender and the prism of diversity. Its teaching mission is to share this knowledge with students so they learn to think critically, to communicate effectively, to solve problems, and to interpret human experience. Emerging from an activist tradition, women’s and gender studies serves university, local, state, and national communities by acting as a resource and guide for issues related to women and gender. Our research, teaching, and service missions interweave as we create, share, and apply the knowledge, skills, and values that promote the full participation of women in society.


The Certificate

Our certificate program can be completed in conjunction with a master's or doctoral degree in another discipline or as a stand-alone program for full-time students and working professionals. We also offer teaching and research assistantships to our students. 

Required Courses: 9 hours

  • WGST 701 - Feminist Theory (3)
  • WGST 702 - Feminist Epistemologies and Methodologies (3)
  • WGST 797 - Seminar in Women's Studies (3)

Elective Courses: 9 hours

All electives must be approved by the Graduate Director.

TOTAL: 18 hours 

You may transfer no more than 9 hours of your certificate to another degree or certificate. At least 9 hours of the Master's Program of Study for your WGST certificate must be unique to the WGST certificate.


Our Faculty 

One of our program's greatest strengths is our multi-disciplinary faculty. We represent more than 50 departments and 11 schools and colleges, allowing our program to complement for diverse areas of study and professional development.

 You can find our Gainful Employment Disclosure and the Graduate School General Information Gainful Employment Disclosure on the Graduate School website.