Women’s Studies Certificate (Blended)

The Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate Program brings together scholars and graduate students across the University actively engaged in interdisciplinary feminist scholarship. The certificate offers an official acknowledgement of training and expertise in the field of women’s and gender studies.

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This certificate is offered in a blended format requiring both online and face to face courses.

The Women's Studies certificate program provides students with knowledge of a unified approach to the study of fundamental issues in sex and gender studies. Students examine how sex and gender have been reflected in culture across time; how they shape institutions as well as personal experience; how they interact with issues such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, 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. Such a program offers the possibility of cross-disciplinary influence and collaboration, extra-departmental collegiality and support, and professional certification in this rich field of study.

To earn the certificate you must complete 16 credit hours, including:

All students who do not have substantial undergraduate or graduate course work in Women’s Studies or Feminist Studies should take WS 6100 before taking WS 6200. If you have any questions about your qualifications, please contact the Women’s. Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Coordinator. WS 6100 does count as one of the 3-credit elective courses required for the certificate.

Must be approved by WS graduate coordinator.

This is the 1 credit hour capstone project that is completed toward the end of your certificate. It involves working one-on-one with a faculty advisor.

The capstone project may be an empirical or conceptual research study, a review of the feminist literature on a topic of interest, or a practical project (e.g., development of teaching portfolio, curriculum, or workshop). The student and her or his certificate advisor will agree on the topic, structure, and criteria for the capstone project. All students must file a final version of the Capstone in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department before receiving the Certificate.

Prerequisites for Capstone:

  • Formal admittance into the Certificate program
  • WS 6200 Contemporary Feminist Theory
  • Completion of 4 additional courses toward the WS Certificate
  • Completion of Capstone Application Form. Form must be signed by capstone advisor and submitted to the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Coordinator
  • Completion of Certificate Plan of Study (CPS) form.
  1. Go to: http://choose.bgsu.edu/apply/online/?graduate
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All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. Note: There is a non-refundable application fee.

Have two official transcripts from every college or university you have attended and your GRE scores sent directly to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
United States of America

TOEFL scores are required from applicants whose native language is not English. For information on the GRE and TOEFL tests, visit the Educational Testing Service website.

In addition to the application required by the Graduate College, applicants to the Certificate Program must submit the following to the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (228 Shatzel Hall, BGSU, Bowling Green, OH, 43403):

  • Two letters of recommendation from recent instructors, employers, or other individuals qualified to evaluate probable success in the program. (Students currently enrolled in another BGSU graduate program may have their letters of recommendation already on file sent to the WGSS Program).
  • A personal statement of intent delineating the purpose for enrolling in the program and outlining career goals (no more than 3 pages).

Careful attention is given to these materials.