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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Certificate

classThe Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is designed to facilitate a broad interdisciplinary study of gender and women's issues. It emphasizes the diversity of women's experiences through a focus on disciplinary based knowledge about women's lives and relationships in the many departments where courses in gender are taught. While core coursework taught by the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program is required, student are expected to take the bulk of their elective coursework from approved Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program classes offered throughout the different departments on campus. A total of 27 credits is required for the Certificate, with at least 12 of these credits at the upper-division level.

Core Requirements (10 credits):

  • WGSS 223 (3) Women: Self and Society
  • WGSS 410 (3) Internship 3 credits minimum
  • WGSS 414 (4) Systems of Oppression

The remaining 17 credits can be taken from elective courses offered by the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and from approved program courses offered in any department at Oregon State University. However, at least 17 of these 18 credits must consist of approved program courses. An approved program course is one that has a focus on gender and/or women's issues, is taught in a unit other than the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and have been approved as fulfilling the requirements of a Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program course. See the electives for the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major.  In addition, WGSS 224, WGSS 270, WGSS 340, WGSS 416, WGSS 430, WGSS 460, and WGSS 480 may be taken as electives for the certificate. No more than 3 credits of WGSS 402 Independent Study and WGSS 410 Internship may count toward the Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Program courses are subject to change based on availability and/or changes of content/focus.