Women and Gender Studies (Certificate)

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The certificate program in women and gender studies, examines the changing political, social, economic and cultural realities of racial and ethnic and indigenous communities in the United States and the Americas. 

The certificate program in women and gender studies examines the changing political, social, economic and cultural realities of racial, ethnic and indigenous communities in the United States and the Americas.

The program combines interdisciplinary topics and methods to critically analyze, unpack and address how relations of gender are embedded in and connected to social, political and cultural transformations. The intellectual core draws from theories, methods and teachings in women and gender studies while engaging complementary fields of social justice, cultural studies, sexuality studies, queer studies, literature, history, sociology, psychology, oral history, ethnicity, race and indigenous studies, and transnational studies.

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Women and Gender Studies (Certificate)

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The certificate in women and gender studies consists of 18 credit hours. A minimum of 12 credit hours must be upper division. Six upper-division credit hours must be taken through courses offered by the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies. Courses should be chosen in consultation with an academic advisor prior to enrollment. All courses used to satisfy requirements for the certificate must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better.
Core Requirements -- 6 credit hours
Electives (choose from the following) -- 12 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Degree requirements

The women and gender studies certificate consists of 18 credit hours of course work, of which 12 credit hours must be upper-division (300 or 400 level).

Core Requirements: (6 credit hours)
HRC 200 Introduction to Social and Cultural Analysis (3)
WST 100 Women, Gender and Society, SB, C (3)

Electives:
WST elective course work (12 credit hours, chosen in consultations with an academic advisor)

A "C" or better is required in all upper-division courses.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment requirements

Students wishing to pursue this certificate should consult an academic advisor in the School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies to ensure the appropriate set of courses is taken and the required paperwork is submitted.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Career outlook

This program prepares students for graduate study or a variety of fields including business, health care, criminal justice, social services, education, public relations, nonprofits, community development, public policy and government. Possible careers include community health workers, secondary school teachers, human resource managers, probation officers, social and community service managers, writers or academia.

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