The Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies is a nine (9) credit interdisciplinary concentration open to students in all UH graduate and professional degree programs.
The Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies adds interdisciplinary breadth to a student's course of study while increasing the depth and coherence of students' work on women and gender within their primary fields.
Given the growing importance of women and gender issues in both scholarship and social policy, many students find this formal recognition of their work in Women's Studies to be a valuable credential in both academic and non-academic job markets.
Students who have earned or are pursuing the Graduate Certificate also receive first consideration for Women's Studies graduate fellowships and assistantships. There are also opportunities to take advantage of essay contests. The fellowships, contests and assistanships process begins spring semester and awards are made in May.
In addition graduate students are notified of WGSS events--speakers, panels, the Living Archives series, etc.
Click here to download the degree plan for the Women's Studies Graduate Certificate.
How to Apply
Individuals interested in the Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies, please fill out the Graduate Certificate Application.
Submit the printed application to the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Office, Room 624 Agnes Arnold Hall or via e-mail. Applications are also available in our office. Contact the student advisors at 713-743-3214 for more information, or e-mail us at WGSS@uh.edu.
View a full list of regularly and currently offered courses.
Petitioning a Course for Approval
Courses that are not-crosslisted but devote 50% or more of the readings and assignments to the study of women and gender may be petitioned for credit for the certificate. Adhere to the following process:
1. Print a “General Petition” from the Academic Forms website.
2. Fill in sections A and B of the petition completely.
3. Have your professor sign section C.
4. Attach a course syllabus to the completed and signed petition and bring it to the WGSS office, AH 624.
5. WGSS will complete the remaining steps and contact you when the process is finished.
NOTE: 4000 level courses may count for the Women's Studies graduate certificate if the student completes extra work and completes a signed agreement with the professor beforehand.
Guest Teaching Opportunities
Each semester, students who have completed the Graduate Certificate may be selected to teach one class period of the undergraduate Introduction to Women's Studies course (WGSS 2350). Guest lecturers receive a stipend.
Graduate Certificate Ceremony
The WGSS Program holds a commencement ceremony and luncheon each Spring for students who have completed the Graduate Certificate that year.