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Graduate Certificate

In virtually every field of university study, scholarship on women and gender has become increasingly influential because of its path-breaking theoretical perspectives and empirical findings.  The programs of virtually every professional association testify to the vitality and presence of feminist research.

The Women's Studies Graduate Certificate can be earned by students enrolled in a Graduate Degree Program, or as a stand-alone certificate for those who have completed their undergraduate degree. 

Although feminist scholarship may be available in other disciplines, Women's Studies offers a concentrated perspective and in-depth analysis. The graduate certificate enables students to pursue interdisciplinary study in this flourishing field while enhancing their educational background by encouraging the integration of personal, academic and political experiences and ideals.

Because the program is interdisciplinary and students will approach the certificate from a range of home fields and with widely varying preparation, all certificate plans of study will be individualized. Each certificate candidate combines the study of Women's Studies theory and methodology, either through current study or prior preparation. The core faculty of the Women's Studies Program will act as advisors to certificate students; careful advising will ensure that each student's program has the appropriate interdisciplinary breadth and fits appropriately with her/his other course work and professional needs.

All WS certificate plans of study must include work in more than one department and must be approved by the Program Director or her designee, who will coordinate the certificate program.
 

For both Degree and Non-Degree students, this Certificate will:

  • Increase ability to think critically
  • Systematically add interdisciplinary breadth to the student’s program and knowledge base
  • Develop expertise in feminist theory and methodology
  • Offer focused study of the scholarship on women & gender
  • Foster new strengths in both teaching and research
  • Provide a solid credential for future employment and academic opportunities

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For all applicants: 

Application must be done in TWO parts
**1.  All students applying to the WS Graduate Certificate Program must first apply to and be accepted by the UConn Graduate School as a student pursuing the WS Graduate Certificate.  All University applications should be sent to: Graduate Admissions, 438 Whitney Road Extension, Unit 1006, Storrs, CT  06269-1006; Phone: (860) 486-3617; Fax: (860) 486-6739. More information and application forms can be found at the Grad School website, http://www.grad.uconn.edu.  Current, active MA/PhD students do not have to pay the application fee.

2. AFTER students are accepted to the Graduate School, the Graduate School acceptance letter along with the appropriate Women’s Studies Program application materials as listed below should be submitted to the WS Office in Beach Hall.  Submit all Women’s Studies materials to the Women’s Studies Program office, Beach Hall Room 422.  Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  For further information, contact: The Women’s Studies Program, 354 Mansfield Road, Unit 2181, Storrs, CT 06269-2181; Phone: (860) 486-3970; Fax: (860) 486-4789; email: wsinfo@uconn.edu

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Women’s Studies Certificate for current UConn MA/Ph.D. Candidates (Degree Students)
Requirements:

  • Current enrollment in an MA/Ph. D. course of study
  • Separate acceptance by Graduate School for pursuit of WS Graduate Certificate**
  • 12 hours of course work, of which 9 hours must be at the 300/5000/6000 level or above; with prior approval, a maximum of one 200/4000 level course may be applied to the Certificate
  • Required coursework: each student must take one feminist theory course and one feminist pedagogy course, unless waived by the director or WSGC advisor
  • No more than one Women’s Studies 390/5390 course may be applied to the certificate
  • Except for WS courses, no more than two classes (6 hours) can be taken from any one department or faculty member- this ensures the interdisciplinarity of this certificate
Application Procedure for submission Women's Studies materials (send only AFTER Graduate School application is submitted):
  • Completed WS Internal Information/Application form - .pdf
  • Written acceptance from Graduate School for pursuit of WS Graduate Certificate**
  • Written approval from you major advisor
  • Essay on the relationship of the WSGC to your degree program
  • Official UCONN Transcript
  • Meeting with the Director of Women’s Studies or the Faculty Advisor of the WSGCP

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Women’s Studies Certificate for Non-Degree Students
Requirements:

  • Acceptance by Graduate School for pursuit of WS Graduate Certificate**
  • A Bachelor’s Degree
  • 12 hours of course work, of which 9 hours must be at the 300/5000/6000 level or above; with prior approval, a maximum of one 200/4000 level course may be applied to the Certificate
  • Required coursework: each student must take one feminist theory course and one feminist pedagogy course, unless waived by the director or WSGC advisor
  • No more than one Women’s Studies 390/5390 course may be applied to the certificate
  • Except for WS courses, no more than two classes (6 hours) can be taken from any one department or faculty member- this ensures the interdisciplinarity of this certificate

Application Procedure for submission Women's Studies materials (send only AFTER Graduate School application is submitted):

  • Completed WS Internal Information/Application form - .pdf
  • Written acceptance from Graduate School for pursuit of WS Graduate Certificate**
  • Essay on the relationship of the WSGC to the applicant’s career/academic goals (max. 2 single spaced pages)
  • Official Transcripts (undergraduate, and graduate, if applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one of which should address the applicant’s academic preparation, skills and potential
  • Meeting with the Director of Women’s Studies or the Faculty Advisor of the WSGCP.  Call (860) 486-3970 to schedule an appointment.

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Course Offerings

The courses below may be applied towards the WSGC.  Courses may be counted simultaneously toward a UCONN degree program and the WSGC.

WS reviews all graduate classes taught by affiliate faculty on a semester by semester basis; a list of all classes that can be taken for the certificate is created and distributed – these classes may or may not appear in the list below as they are specialty classes taught only occasionally. If you’d like a list of the graduate courses being offered in a particular semester, please contact Kate Hurley at kate.hurley@uconn.edu and she will get you the information as it is available.

PLEASE NOTE:  the dual course numbers listed here fall into two categories - the 3-digit course numbers apply to classes prior to Fall 2008; 4-digit course numbers apply to classes Fall 2008 onward.  The class content remains the same regardless of the number.

 

Women’s Studies Graduate Courses - classes scheduled by Women’s Studies

5365 / 365: WS Research Methodology
Discussion of feminist and gender-oriented research methods and their relation to traditional disciplines. Analysis of gender bias in research design and practice. Major independent research project required.

5371 / 371: Genders, Sexualities and Theories
Genders and sexualities with special attention given to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues.

5390 / 390: Independent Study for Graduate Students
Instructor Consent Required

5395 / 395: Special Topics Seminar in WS
Topics of current interest from a feminist perspective.


Cross-Listed Classes - classes scheduled by the departments with which they are cross-listed

5315 / 315: Gender & Culture (Also ANTH 315/5315)
Anthropological perspectives on the analysis of gender with special focus on dynamics of gender, culture, and power.

5333 / 333: Topics in the History of American Women (Also HIST 333/5333)
Instructor consent required.

5341 / 341: Analysis of Rituals (Also ANTH 5341 / 341)
Examines various theoretical contributions to the anthropological study of ritual. Controversies and ambiguities surrounding the social and symbolic significance of the ritual act for both men's and women's experiences and participation are addressed.
Prerequisite: Anthropology 5311.

5344 / 344: Psychology of Women & Gender (also PSYC 5102 / 344)
A survey of research and theory on the interpretation of sex differences; gender, status, and power, and women's life span development.


Cross-References Classes - scheduling of these classes is done by the department listed
Note: appropriate/specific sections/themes/topics as approved by WS Director/WSGC Advisor

ENGL 6700/ 700: Seminar in Major Authors
Enrollment Requirement: Open to graduate students in English, others with permission.
May be repeated for a total of 9 credits with a change in content.

ENGL 6750 / 750: Special Topics Language and Literature
Enrollment Requirement: Open to graduate students in English, others with permission
May be repeated for a total of 9 credits with change in content.

HIST 5195/ 195: Special Topics in American History
Instructor consent required.

PHIL 5352 / 352: Seminar in Feminist Theory
Open to graduate students in Philosophy, others with permission.
The focus of inquiry might be the history of feminist theory, a school of contemporary feminist theory, an issue or a selection of issues in feminist theory, or feminist approaches to major texts or themes in the history of philosophy.

POLS 5010: Special Topics in Political Science

SOCI 5601: Gender & Society
Critical appraisal of social scientific perspectives on women and men. Feminist theory and current social science research on gender. Emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches.

 

Upcoming, Current & Historic Graduate Class Lists (click on the semester):
Fall 2012
Spring 2012
Fall 2011
Spring 2011
Fall 2010
Spring 2010
Fall 2009
Spring 2009
Fall 2008

If you would like to see lists going further back, please contact Kate at kate.hurley@uconn.edu.

 

last updated 10/17/2011 - khd