Women and Gender Studies

To be admitted to the WGS Certificate Program, the applicant must be a current degree-seeking student in a graduate program at an educational institution of recognized standing, with a 3.0 GPA or higher. Submit a short statement of purpose (no more than two double-spaced pages) indicating 1) reasons for pursuing a graduate certificate in WGS, 2) the experiences you’ve had (e.g., informal, academic, professional, volunteer) that are related to this graduate certificate, and 3) your professional goals and how this graduate certificate program will help you accomplish those goals.

To apply, please go to the Admission Information page. Decisions will be made on an ongoing, rolling basis.

Course requirements for the graduate certificate in WGS will build upon existing graduate curriculum, most of which are accessible to all disciplines. This program requires 9 credit hours of coursework (may be combined with coursework for your primary degree program); 1 credit hour of professional development; a research component worth 1 credit hour; and a community project or grant application worth 3 credit hours, for a total of 14 credit hours.

Current List of Graduate Courses that are suggested by WGS (list is not all-inclusive, and some programs are restricted to their enrolled students):

Required Courses
WGS 795: Practicum/Professional Development1
WGS 796: Special Topics/Research1
WGS 797S: Comprehensive Project/Capstone 3
Graded Coursework
Social/Cultural Development - Select one class from the following:3
Social, Cultural and Political Dimensions of Schools
Literacy, Culture and Identity
Social and Emotional Development Across the Lifespan
Social Inequality
Sociology of Gender
Tools for Making Change - Select one class from the following:3
Leadership, Planning and Organizational Behavior
Empowerment & Transformative Education
Public Health Management and Policy
Feminist Theory and Discourse
Leadership in Organization
Open Elective - Select one from the following:3
Gender, Race and Ethnicity in Criminal Justice
Language Bias
Women in American History
Contemporary Youth Issues
Sociology Of The Family
Total Credits14

Ashley Baggett, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of WGS
Louisiana State University, 2014
Research Interests: Women’s History/Gender Studies, 19th Century U.S., Southern History

Alison Bertolini, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, English and Women and Gender Studies
Louisiana State University, 2009
Research Interests: Contemporary American Literature, Gender Studies, Ethnic Literature, Postcolonial Literature, Women’s Studies

Dena Wyum, M.S.
Lecturer, Human Development and Family Science
North Dakota State University, 2008

Allied Faculty

Kelly Cameron, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer, English
Texas Christian University, 2012
Research Interests: Feminist Approaches to Rhetoric and Cultural Rhetorics

Kristen Fellows, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
University of Pennsylvania, 2013
Research Interests: Feminist Archaeology and Anthropology, Ethnohistory and Oral Histories

Holly Hassel, Ph.D.
Professor, English
University of Nebraska, 2002
Research Interests: Feminist Pedagogy

Christi McGeorge, Ph.D.
Professor, Human Development and Family Science
University of Minnesota, 2005
Research Interests: Influence of Heterosexism and Homophobia on Clinical Practice and Training, Gender Equity in Therapy, Gender Equity in Higher Education

Carrie Anne Platt, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Communication
University of Southern California, 2008
Research interests: Rhetorical Approaches to Emerging Technologies and Identity in Public Culture As Well as Digital Media and Communication Pedagogy

Christina Weber, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
State University of New York (Buffalo), 2005
Research Interests: The Sociology of Memory and Trauma, Photography’s Impact of the Historical Understanding of the Great Depression, Women and the Dust Bowl