Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
The graduate certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an option for students whose interest in women and gender issues leads them toward particular courses and thesis topics in their department/school and for those who seek further work in interdisciplinary feminist theory and methods.
This graduate certificate requires 12 credit hours for completion. Students must complete either WGS 490 or ENG 460, and nine elective credits.
Point of Pride
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) has been a vibrant part of the ISU community since 1972. Our curriculum and programming are designed to engage students as active critical thinkers and to give them the conceptual tools they will need to think clearly about nuanced production of systemic injustices and to work collaboratively toward solutions.
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University Admission Requirements
Students applying to a graduate certificate program must:
- have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
A student applying to this program must:
- have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for either the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a master's program
- provide a resume including contact information, previous graduate and/or undergraduate studies, previous coursework in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and all work experiences since high school
- provide official transcripts from each higher education institution attended
- provide an official TOEFL/ILETS Score (if applying as an international student)
- Fall (August) Term — May 1
- Spring (January) Term — October 1
- Summer (May/June) Term — April 1