The Certificate of Graduate Study in Women’s and Gender Studies is interdisciplinary and requires a total of 18 graduate credits within a six-year period in prescribed and elective courses.
Certificate Requirements (18 Hours)
Core Courses (6 Hours)
All students must take the two core courses.
Electives (9 Hours)
Each student must take at least 9 credits in elective courses chosen from an approved list to meet the student’s own interests.
Seminar (3 Hours)
A final required seminar, WGST 797, serves as a capstone experience to help integrate the elective courses with the material learned in the introductory core.
Courses taken as part of another graduate degree program may, if appropriate, be applied also to the certificate program. The Certificate of Graduate Study in Women’s and Gender Studies is awarded upon completion of the student’s approved program of courses.
For more information, contact the women’s studies graduate director at 803-777-4007.
Required Courses (9 Hours)
WGST 701 - Feminist Theories and Epistemologies
WGST or cross-listed course
WGST 797 - Seminar in Women's Studies
Each student must take at least 9 credits in advisor-approved elective courses.
In fall 2016, we undertook a study of the certificate programs in Women’s and/or Gender Studies at five peer and five peer-aspirant institutions. Of these 10 institutions, six had a certificate in WGST, two had a minor, and two had no program at all. On average, the six institutions that offered certificates required 14.5 hours of coursework. (The minors required an average of 11 hours.)
Currently, our certificate is 18 hours. We have decided to retain 18 hours, because if we were to fall below that number, students in the program would not be eligible for federal financial aid. However, we do propose a restructuring of the 18 hours. We noticed a trend to teach theory and methodology/epistemology in the same course. Based on our experience in recent years in teaching the methodology course (WGST 702), we believe that our students would also benefit from studying theory and methodology at the same time, rather than in separate courses. We also want to encourage students to take a broader range of WGST courses.
We propose the following changes to the 18-hour certificate:
1. Nine hours of required courses: (a) a new version of WGST 701 (Theory and Epistemology), (b) another WGST or cross-listed course, and (c) WGST 797
2. Niine hours of advisor-approved electives
Change the reqs
Returning in order to address concerns raised at faculty meeting.