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Women's and Gender Studies
Women's and Gender Studies enables students to analyze and explore women’s roles, contributions, history, and experiences and to critically examine gender structures in societies and cultures in the U.S. and the world.
Cheney, WA 99004
Gender Studies Certificate
The Gender Studies Certificate offers Eastern Washington University students an interdisciplinary, critical study of gender and its social impact. The certificate program is designed to broaden student understanding of the ways in which gender is developed, constructed and expressed in attitudes and institutions of modern societies. The certificate provides a strong interdisciplinary core and choice of electives to complement students' areas of interest and major disciplines. The capstone or practicum experience enables students to apply theoretical knowledge in a variety of occupations such as social work, business, psychology, criminal justice, counseling, diversity training and/or education.
What will I study?
Required Courses (9-10 credits)
Choose ONE of the following courses (4-5 credits):
WMST 101 Introduction to Women's Studies (5)
WMST 310 Issues in Women's Studies (4) [This course is also offered online]
NOTE: Students who are completing a minor in Women's Studies as well as a Gender Studies Certificate may only count one course for both the certificate and the minor: WMST 101 OR WMST 310.
Choose ONE of the following courses (5 credits):
WMST/SOCI 321 Sex and Gender (5)
WMST/CMST 414 Gender and Communication (5)
WMST/PHIL 417 Women and Ethics (5)
Required Experiential Component (3-5 credits)
Choose ONE of the following (must be approved by the Women's and Gender Studies Director):
WMST 499 Directed Study (3-5)
A research project or guided teaching/instructional development experience in consultation with Gender Studies Certificate Coordinator and appropriate faculty member.
WMST 495 Internship or Practicum Experience (3-5)
A concentrated set of experiences in a supervised work setting in which the competencies developed through course work are utilized in actual practice.
WMST 490 Senior Capstone Seminar
Includes a service learning component, such as a community action project that contributes to the betterment of the community or that assists a community partner.
Electives (11-13 credits)
Choose at least two courses from the Applied or Applied/Theoretical list. You may choose up to five credits from the Theoretical Emphasis list.
Emphases / Concentrations:
- Flexible program that complements a wide variety of majors or degrees
- Women's and Gender Studies courses cross-listed with many different departments - offer variety and diverse perspectives on a broad array of topics
- Lots of choice in coursework - you can plan your certificate to fit your interests, needs, and career goals
- Capstone or practicum experience designed to help students apply their knowledge in a wide range of occupations
- Women's and Gender Studies courses offer insights into topics and issues meaningful to students who care about diversity, humanity, society, and the world
- Women's and Gender Studies faculty come from a variety of disciplines