Women's, Gender &
Sexuality Studies

University of Houston
624 Agnes Arnold Hall
Houston, TX 77204
Phone: (713) 743-3214
Fax: (713) 743-0931
WGSS@uh.edu

Living Archives

Hours for Spring 2014:

Mondays 8AM - 4PM
Tuesdays 8AM - 4PM
Wednesdays 9AM - 5PM
Thursdays 9AM-5PM
Fridays 10AM-4PM

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Graduate Certificate

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.

Explanation of Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies is a 9-credit interdisciplinary concentration open to students in all UH graduate, professional degree, and post-baccalaureate programs.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate include three (3) Women's Studies graduate courses (9 credit hours), including the required core course in Feminist Theory and Methodology (WOST 6301) and two (2) cross-listed courses, one of which must be from outside the student's home department.

Students may petition to substitute for one of the cross-listed courses one of the following options:

  • Taking a graduate course that is not cross-listed but in which they can focus their individual work (e.g. research paper) on women, gender, or feminist theory. Such a course must be taught by an affiliated Women's Studies faculty member who will certify that the student's work in the course satisfies women's studies requirements.
  • Taking an undergraduate course cross-listed in Women's Studies for graduate credit. Additional requirements will be determined by the instructor in accordance with university policy.
How to Apply for the Certificate

Individuals interested in the Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies can fill out the online 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 Sandra Enriquez and Robyn Lyn at 713-743-3214 for more information, or e-mail us at WGSS@uh.edu.

Why Certificate

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 Women's Studies events--speakers, panels, the Living Archive series, etc.

Course Listings

View a full list of regularly and currently offered courses.

Petitioning a Course for Approval

Courses that are not-crosslisted but deal with over 50% women or gender in topics, assignments, and readings 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 Women’s Studies office, AH 624. 
5. WOST will complete the remaining steps and contact you when the process is finished.

NOTE: 4000 level courses may count for the WOST 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 (WOST 2350). Guest lecturers receive a stipend.

Fellowships

View a listing of our fellowships.

Women's Studies Graduate Certificate Travel Grant

  • Information and Application
  • Please note that eligibility is limited to current students who have completed or are currently enrolled in at least one course towards the Certificate.

Catalog

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) online catalog

Graduate Certificate Ceremony

The Women's Studies Program holds a commencement ceremony and luncheon each Spring for students who have completed the Graduate Certificate that year.

Graduate Certificate Holders

Click here to see a full list of our graduates!