Women and Gender Studies Certificate
The women’s studies certificate provides a solid foundation of coursework in the discipline. It provides students with the opportunity to specialize in Women’s Studies in preparation for further work at a four-year institution, or for professional, personal, and academic opportunities.
Students in the certificate program must complete a minimum of 18 credits in women’s studies designated courses including Introduction to Women’s Studies and 15 additional credits, including a social sciences course, a humanities course, and a general elective.
Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the history of women's movements and of multidisciplinary scholarship about women and gender.
- Describe how the application of a new "Women's Studies" gender lens has challenged traditional historical, cultural, and epistemological assumptions.
- Evaluate women's political, intellectual and cultural contributions in various realms (including literature, the visual arts, and music) on local, national and global levels.
- Form judgments about the structure and causes of women's roles in history from a global perspective.
- Assess theoretical approaches to gender studies as they are applied in various disciplines and theoretical "schools."
- Analyze the ways that systems of dominance, such as sexism and racism, have functioned, have changed, and how they continue to change.
- Explain why gender difference is fundamental to the construction of identity and the organization of human relations.
- Connect ideas across disciplines, compare theories with experiences, and contrast different academic, psychological, and social perspectives on gender.
- Recognize how an awareness of women's issues, women's history, and women's roles in society may positively affect the futures of transfer/graduate students (in all disciplines) and as professionals (in all professions).
- Form judgments about the significance of gender diversity and gender equity in local, national, and global arenas.
This program is not approved for federal or state student financial aid.
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