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Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Graduate Certificate

Inaugurated in fall 2004, the graduate certificate program provides Ph.D. students across the university formal certification in the study of women, gender, and sexuality. Students complete interdisciplinary coursework, gain rapid acquaintance with faculty and resources across departments, form an intellectual community with fellow graduate students, and participate in the Colloquium, an annual series of seminars and public lectures given by leading scholars.

All certificate students are eligible to receive a $5,000 stipend in the semester that they achieve PhD candidacy (requires approval of the CSWGS Director; see Requirements).

Certificate students are also eligible to compete for CSWGS travel funds, teaching assistantships, teaching fellowships, and dissertation completion fellowships.

We are also pleased to announce that beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year, CSWGS is piloting a Communication in the Disciplines project in conjunction with the Program in Writing and Communication. This project gives certificate students opportunities to hone written, oral, and visual communication skills crucial to academic and professional success.

Watch some of our students share their experiences of the Certificate Program:


Helena Zeweri   William Rothwell
David Ponton    Abby Goode