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Women's and Gender Studies Certificate

Women's Studies Certificate

The women’s and gender studies certificate provides a solid foundation of coursework in women's and gender studies. It provides students with the opportunity to specialize in women’s and gender 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 and gender studies designated courses, including Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies and 15 additional credits, including a social sciences course, a humanities course, and a general elective.

Program Outcomes

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.

Women's and Gender Studies Scholarship Program

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Montgomery College offers several scholarships of at least $500 to eligible students each spring. Applicants must be taking or have taken Women’s and Gender Studies courses. 

Program Advising

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans. 


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