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Graduate Catalog | 2020-2021 
Graduate Catalog | 2020-2021 Previous Edition

Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies can be earned in conjunction with master’s or doctoral work in a wide variety of subjects. The certificate can also be earned through a freestanding course of study not linked to a graduate degree.  The Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies exposes students from a variety of disciplines to the core theories and approaches used in studies of women, gender (which includes masculinity), feminism, and sexuality.  

Admission Requirements

The certificate program is open to all students who hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body and either:

  1. are enrolled and in good standing in a graduate degree program at UNC Charlotte, or
  2. have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0

All students are admitted to the Graduate School in a special category for certificate programs.  In addition to the general requirements for graduate certificate programs explained under the “Degree Requirements and Academic Policies ” section of the Catalog, students should submit a letter explaining the applicant’s educational and work background, interests, and plans, with an emphasis on how this certificate will enhance, complement, or advance the applicant’s work and/or education.  Letters of recommendation are not required.

Certificate Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies requires the completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours of graduate coursework. This includes 2 core courses and 2 elective courses.  Transfer credit is not accepted in the certificate program.

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Select two from the following:

  • WGST 5000-6999 (3)

For elective courses from other departments and programs to count as an elective, students must submit a course description and/or syllabus and receive written approval from the Graduate Program Director prior to registration.

Total = 12 Credit Hours