University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Certificate

Students in the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduate certificate program explore links between their chosen field of study and an interdisciplinary approach that addresses questions of gender, race, and class. The certificate is designed for master’s and Ph.D. level students who would like to obtain credentials and interdisciplinary training in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and will train them for further research in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies and will provide an important perspective for those pursuing careers in fields such as social work, psychology, law, advocacy, non-profit administration, and education.

Graduate Certificate - Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Degree Specific Credits: 12

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0


Because not all courses with WGSS content at the graduate level are offered every year, there is no one "core" course. Students should select a core course from the list of approved courses based on the degree they will pursue. Students pursuing degrees in the humanities should select at least one social science course, and students pursuing degrees in the social sciences should select at least one humanities course. Students in other degree programs should contact the WGSS Director.

Many courses may count for WGSS graduate certificate credit. Please check with the WGSS Director for more information.

Rule: At least 6 of the 12 credits required for the certificate must be 500 level or higher.

Note: Other courses may apply to the electives requirement with the approval of the program director.

Core Requirement3
Complete one 3-credit graduate-level course outside of your major area of study. Students in the sciences or social sciences should complete a humanities course. Students in the humanities should complete a social science course.
Complete 9 credits from WGSS-approved graduate-level courses in WGSS, LIT, HSTA, AAST, SOCI, PSYX, ANTY, SW, COMX, ENST, NASX, CSD, BMGT, PHL, SLP, and PUAD.
Approved courses include:
Anthropology of Gender
Rhetorical Construction of Women
Rhetoric of Women's Activism
U.S. Women's History
Seminar in Inequality & Social Justice
Counseling Theories in Context
Capstone: Inequality and Social Justice
Sociology of Poverty
Writing Women's Lives
Independent Study
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C