Coverdell Fellows

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The Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Fellows Program (USA) is a graduate fellowship program that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) who wish to earn a graduate degree in one of the five Coverdell Programs at BGSU— American Culture Studies, Business, Food and Nutrition, Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural and International Education, Public Administration, or Spanish. Additionally, Coverdell Fellows who have been admitted to one of the Coverdell programs at BGSU may also simultaneously acquire a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies.

This graduate certificate is offered by the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, housed within the School of Critical and Cultural Studies at Bowling Green State University. Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary field offering a unified approach to the study of fundamental issues in sex and gender. Through the courses taken as part of the certificate, students reflect on how these issues are reflected in culture across time and place; how they shape institutions as well as personal experience; how they interact with issues such as race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic class; and how new ways of thinking about gender challenge the processes by which knowledge about human beings and our behavior is acquired, interpreted, and transmitted.  

The certificate is composed of one required core class in contemporary feminist theory, as well as four other three-credit elective classes chosen by the student through consultation and approval by the Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate Graduate Coordinator. To complete the certificate, the student works one-on-one with a faculty advisor on a one-credit capstone experience of the student’s design. The four elective courses required for the certificate allow students to focus their studies quite specifically to their interests.

Faculty who teach courses for the certificate are affiliated with the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Program from a range of disciplines in the university. Thus, students taking the certificate are able to connect with scholars and graduate students across the university to engage in interdisciplinary feminist, gender, and sexuality studies scholarship. The courses the student takes as part of the certificate can simultaneously fulfill requirements in a student’s Masters or Doctoral degree in American Culture Studies and potentially other degree programs at BGSU endorsed by Coverdell. Thus, the certificate endorsement is potentially readily achievable as part of the student’s degree plan.

A graduate certificate in Women’s Studies, therefore, will strengthen your knowledge about gender, and sexuality, while also furthering your credentials to work in settings and with populations affected by issues pertaining these identity intersections.

Application Procedure for students enrolled in BGSU graduate programs:

In addition to the online application required by the Graduate College, Fellows who are enrolled in a BGSU Coverdell program should submit two letters of recommendation and a personal statement of intent (no more than 3 pages) delineating the purpose for enrolling in the certificate and outlining career goals.

For more information about the Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate, please contact:
Dr. Sandra Faulkner, Director and Graduate Coordinator
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program