A certificate in women’s studies complements any degree program by providing an interdisciplinary study of the history, status, and experiences of women in contemporary society. The focus is to recognize the impact of gender and how it influences women’s roles and experiences.  

About the Women's Studies Undergraduate Certificate

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Recognize the impact of gender on academics
  • Apply knowledge of local and global issues to affect positive change in women’s lives
  • Analyze political, economic, social, and cultural issues through a feminist lens
  • Examine your own views of diversity and gain understanding into human commonalities and differences

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Keep a journal that reflects on diversity issues and their own diversity consciousness and awareness
  • Conduct an interview with a woman whose background differs from theirs and analyze her experiences in terms of what was learned about women’s issues
  • Consider how their own aging process will be affected by issues related to work and retirement, health care, public policy, caregiving, and ageism
  • Develop a personal plan in which goals are established for putting diversity skills into action

Women's Studies Undergraduate Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

Women's Studies Core Course (3 credits)

  • WMST 200

Women’s Studies-Related Courses (15 credits)

Choose from the following courses:

  • BEHS 220
  • BEHS 343
  • BEHS 453
  • ENGL 250
  • GERO 311
  • HIST 377
  • PSYC 338
  • SOCY 325
  • SOCY 443
  • SOCY 462
  • SPCH 324

Overall Certificate Requirements

Common Certificate Requirements

  • You must be admitted as a UMGC student.
  • You must complete a total of 18 credits, including at least 9 credits with UMGC.
  • You must complete all required coursework with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all courses. Certificate courses may not be taken as pass/fail.
  • At least half of the total credits you use for any certificate must be earned through graded coursework.
  • You may not use the same course toward completion of more than one certificate. In cases where the same course is required for two certificates, you must replace that course with an approved substitute for the second certificate.
  • No more than half of the total credits for any certificate may be earned through credit by examination, prior-learning portfolio credit, internship/Workplace Learning credit, or transfer credit from other schools.