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Graduate Options in WGST

Graduate Certificate

The Women’s and Gender Studies Certificate is administered through the Women’s and Gender Studies program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Denver. It is designed to provide members of the UCD population and public with specialized knowledge of the history, politics, literature, and social practices related to women’s and gender concerns. Students must complete 12 credit hours of coursework in order to receive the certificate. Acceptance into the certificate program is subject to UCD Graduate School rules.

The WGST certificate is available to any qualified graduate student or non-degree seeking, graduate-level student at UCD. Students begin with a required, graduate level methodology or foundational course before pursuing a combination of WGST-related coursework. Upon completion of the certificate, students will have foundational and theoretical knowledge of the major concerns of women’s and gender studies.

All prospective students must complete an application form obtained from one of the advisors for the WGST certificate listed below. Upon completion of the form and its approval, students are qualified for the certificate. All coursework must be taken at UCD.

The certificate requires the following coursework (Please note that some of these courses may have prerequisites that must be met.):

  • Feminism and Gender Theory Seminar: Methods and Theories of Feminism and Gender Studies, SSC/WGST 6010 OR HIST/ENGL/WGST 5306 Survey of Feminist Thought (3 credit hours)
  • Women’s and Gender Studies Courses (9 credit hours total): These courses must be explicitly women’s and/or gender and/or identity -based courses. They can be taken through any UCD department or program with the approval of an advisor. Only one 4000-level elective may be counted toward the certificate. All other coursework must be graduate level.

The following is a representative listing of WGST related courses that may be taken toward the certificate; it is not comprehensive. Please note that some of these courses may be taught sporadically. Students should meet with their advisor to plan their course of study:

  • ANTH 5200 Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective
  • COMM 5020 Feminist Perspectives on Communication
  • COMM 5045 Female Male Friendships
  • COMM 5265 Gender and Communication
  • ENGL/HIST 5306 Survey of Feminist Thought
  • ENGL 5000 Study of Major Authors (when the author is a female or author or related) 
  • ETST 4555 International Women’s Resistance
  • ETST 4827/PSCI 4827 Women and the Law
  • HIST/WGST 5303 Sex and Gender in Modern Britain
  • HIST/WGST 5307 History of Sexuality
  • HUMN/SSCI/WGST 5720 Sexuality, Gender, and Visual Representation
  • HUMN/SSCI 5770 Imperialism, Postcolonial Theory, and Visual Discourse
  • PSCI 4215 Women’s Rights, Human Rights: Global Perspectives
  • PSCI 4564 Gender and Politics
  • PSCI 5555 International Women’s Resistance
  • PSCI 5245 Gender and International Development
  • PUBL 5910 Nature and Scope of Interpersonal Violence
  • PUBL 5930 Interpersonal Violence Law and Policy
  • PHIL/WGST 5500 Feminist Philosophy
  • PHIL 5308 Contemporary Feminist Thought 
  • SOCY 5550 Seminar: Sociology of the Family
  • WGST 5230 Women in the West
  • WGST 5248 Gender, Globalization and Development
  • WGST 5306 Survey of Feminist Thought
  • WGST 5345 Gender, Science and Medicine: 1600 to the Present
  • WGST 5420 Goddess Traditions
  • WGST 5510 Whores and Saints: Medieval Women
  • WGST 5511 French Women Writers 

For more information about this certificate program contact Prof. Margaret Woodhull, Director, MH program at UCD, 303-315-3568; e-mail:

Download WGST Graduate Certificate Application here