The Certificate Program offered by Women’s & Gender Studies allows students enrolled in other Rutgers University graduate degree programs to earn a Certificate in Women's & Gender Studies. Many students find the Certificate useful for expansion of career options and thesis preparation. It prepares students in any discipline to teach courses and conduct research in women’s studies, to develop courses with a focus on gender, and to expand the scope of their professional activity to include gender issues and debates.
The certificate program consists of nine credits. At least six credits must be taken in WGS core courses or WGS advanced colloquia. Three credits may be in cognate courses offered in other departments. Students from 22 departments and schools are currently enrolled in the program. Students interested in the Certificate Program must be enrolled in a disciplinary department at Rutgers other than WGS.
To obtain a Certificate in Women's & Gender Studies, students must:
- Take two Women's & Gender Studies (988) graduate courses. No exceptions.
- Take one approved graduate cognate course.
- Submit a WGS Certificate Application to the Women's and Gender Studies department upon completion of these courses.
Of these three courses, one must be a feminist theory course. This theory course can be any of the theory courses offered by Women's & Gender Studies, or it can be a course offered by another department if it has been approved by the Women's & Gender Studies Graduate Director. Students should obtain approval prior to enrolling in a course; no courses will be approved retroactively. If the theory course is from another department, this course may satisfy the theory requirement and serve as the optional cognate course.
According to the Graduate School of New Brunsiwck, students may be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Women’s & Gender Studies upon completion of the requirements for the certificate.
Suggested Concentration: Gender, Development, and Policy
A suggested concentration for graduate students obtaining a Graduate Certificate in Women's & Gender Studies is a focus on Gender, Development, and Policy. Here are some courses in Women's and Gender Studies, the Bloustein School, Political Science, and Anthropology that could be used to satisfy the requirements and provide students with a solid background in issues related to gender, development, and public policy.
Women's and Gender Studies:
16:988:515 Feminism: Theory and Practice
16:988:535 Gender and Human Rights
16:988:536 Gender and Development
16:988:537 Poverty, Inequality, and Gender
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy:
34:970:609 Social Policy in Developing Nations
34:970:581 Gender and International Development
34:970:582 Women and Health
34:970:633 Population Tools and Policy
34:832:514 Culture and Health
34:970:667 Humanitarian Assistance
16:790:587 Proseminar in Women and Politics
16:790:591 Gender and Public Policy
16:790:592 Politics, Development, and Women
16:790:593 Gender and Comparative Politics
16:070:511 Anthropology of Gender
16:070:547 Globalization and Neoliberalism
16:070:548 Cultural Politics of Transnationalism and Diaspora