The Graduate Certificate in Gender, Power and Difference provides students with a solid foundation in feminist frameworks that address gender, power, and privilege. The graduate certificate should benefit students interested in feminist epistemologies, research, and pedagogy.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will demonstrate:

1) knowledge of academic disciplines from feminist and intersectional perspectives, and

2) effective understanding of feminist epistemology, methodology, and research. 

Effective Fall 2022

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites. 

Required Course
WS 601Foundations of Feminist Research3
Select at least 9 credits from the following list that focuses on how gender intersects with race, disability, sexuality, sovereignty, sustainability, nation, or other categories of difference. 19
Women, Health, and Culture
Gender, Sexuality, and Culture
Group Study
Special Topics in Literature: Gender Studies
Research Seminar
Political Economy of Race and Gender
Contemporary Ethnic Studies Issues
Race and U.S. Social Movements
Chicana Feminism: Theory and Form
Gender, Violence and Indigenous Peoples
National Identities and Nation Building
Indigenous Law, Policy, and Peoples
African American Intellectual Thought
Critical Disability Studies
Supervised College Teaching
Family Therapy Practice: Topics in Sexuality
Advanced French Author Studies
Advanced Topic Studies-French
Literary and Cultural Theory
Advanced Spanish Author Studies
Advanced Topic Studies-Spanish
Seminar in Contemporary Philosophical Theory
Group Study
Gender and the Law
Psychology of Women, Men, and Gender
Social Stratification
Gender and Global Society
Feminist Theories of Discourse
Women and Sustainability
Supervised College Teaching
Seminar in Women's Studies
Independent Study 1
Thesis 1
Program Total Credits:12

*This certificate may have courses in common with other graduate certificates. A student may earn more than one certificate, but a given course may be counted only in one certificate. 


Graduate coordinator approval required. A minimum of 9 regular graduate credits are required to complete the certificate with only 3 credits in thesis, supervised college teaching, or independent study. All courses should include feminist, women’s, and/or gender studies theories, methodologies, and paradigms. Students can submit course syllabi to the graduate coordinator for approval.