The 2020 WMST Certificate

A Women’s Studies education offers students a flexible program of study examining feminist scholarship and the history, status, contributions, and experiences of women in diverse cultural communities. The program of study emphasizes the significance of gender as a social construct and as an analytical category.  The B.A. degree prepares students both for continuing advanced study in women, gender, and sexuality studies; law; medicine; media studies; and for direct entry into careers in a wide range of fields; including social services, government, public policy, education, and the non-profit sector.

Certificate Requirements

Students will earn a total of 21 credits, distributed as indicated below. At least 12 credits must be at or above the 300 level. No course with a grade less than “C-” may be used to satisfy the major. Students will design their programs in consultation with a Women’s Studies advisor.

The Introductory course – 3 credits
(1 course, any of the following, usually taken in the first or second semester in the major)

  • LGBT200 Intro LGBT Studies
  • WMST200 Women and Society
  • WMST250 Women, Art and Culture
  • WMST263 – Intro Black Women’s Studies
  • WMST298D – Bodies in Contention

The Foundational Course – 3 credits
( usually taken during sophomore or junior year)

  • WMST302 – Feminist, Critical Race, and Queer Theories (Required) (formerly 400)

The Thematic Concentration Area – 12 credits
(4 courses, taken over the course of the certificate)
Students will identify an area of interest with the advisor when they declare the major.
6 credits may also fulfill other major requirements.
*see the Thematic Concentration Areas descriptions and course lists for more information*

The Capstone – 3 credits (1 course, usually taken senior year)

  • LGBT488 Senior Seminar
  • WMST488 Senior Seminar
  • An additional 400-level course from the thematic concentration

Courses can fulfill multiple requirements and students can fill any remaining credits needed towards the 37-credit requirement with approved electives. Ex. WMST 319C Gender, Drag, and Burlesque fulfills the WMST 319 Workshop requirement and also counts towards the Arts, Technologies, and Cultural Production thematic concentration area.

Sample 4-Year Graduation Plan
21 total credits, minimum of 12 upper level credits

Year 1 (3 credits of WMST coursework )

  • 3 credits of any WMST introductory course ex. WMST 250 Women, Art, and Culture

Year 2 (9 credits of WMST coursework)

  • WMST 302 Feminist, Critical Race, and Queer Theories
  • Choose a Thematic Concentration Area ex. Race, Ethnicity, and Class
  • 6 credits of coursework in the thematic concentration ex. WMST 211 Love, Labor, and Citizenship: History of Women in the U.S. Since 1880 and WMST265: Constructions of Black Manhood and Womanhood

Year 3 (3 credits of WMST coursework)

  • 3 credits of upper-level thematic concentration ex. LGBT 327 LGBT Film and Video

Year 4 (6 credits of WMST coursework, )

  • Capstone ex. WMST488 Senior Seminar – Black Women in the Arts
  • 3 credits of 300 or 400 level thematic concentration ex. ENGL 408 Literature by Women before 1800

Sample 3-Year Graduation Plan
(example of no courses taken freshman year)

Year 1 (9 credits of WMST coursework )

  • 3 credits of any WMST introductory course ex. WMST 250 Women, Art, and Culture
  • 3 credits of foundation – WMST 302 Feminist, Critical Race, and Queer Theories
  • Choose a thematic concentration ex. Arts, Technologies, Cultural Production Concentration
  • 3 credits of coursework in the thematic concentration ex. WMST255 Reading Women Writing

Year 2 (6 credits of WMST coursework)

  • 6 credits of upper-level thematic concentration ex. LGBT 327 LGBT Film and Video and WMST 448 Literature by Women of Color

Year 3 (6 credits of WMST coursework)

  • Capstone ex. WMST488 Senior Seminar – Black Women in the Arts
  • 3 credits of 300 or 400 level thematic concentration ex. ENGL 408 Literature by Women before 1800