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Women's and Gender Studies

Established in 1982, the graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies is designed for students already enrolled in a terminal degree program at the University of Michigan. The Certificate, which can be combined with either a masters or a doctoral degree, aims to provide:

  • Analyses of contemporary feminist theoretical frameworks and methodologies, and their implications for academic disciplines and professional practices
  • An inclusive approach that examines the intersection of gender and other social identities and categories of analysis
  • An opportunity to broaden and enrich analytical skills in one or more disciplines while drawing on the interdisciplinary perspectives of Women’s and Gender Studies
  • A challenge to the traditional separation of academic theory from political and professional practice


The graduate certificate in Women's and Gender Studies consists of coursework totalling 15 credits. Core courses provide students with an understanding of feminist theory and methodology, while electives provide advanced coursework on women and gender in a student's discipline. The certificate culminates in an advanced research project designed to incorporate a feminist perspective.  


Advanced Research Project