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Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)

Graduate program director
Kimberly N. Brown, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
(804) 828-3893

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Admission requirements

Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate graduate certificate)
of entry:



Jul 30

Nov 30
Special requirements:
Fall semester entrance is required for students without prior course work in gender, sexuality or women’s studies (graduate or undergraduate).

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, the following requirements represent the minimum acceptable standards for admission: Students possessing a B.A. or B.S. degree are eligible for admission into this certificate program.

VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs

The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university.  These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.

General academic regulations for
all graduate students in all graduate programs at VCU

Program goal

The Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies is devoted to the interdisciplinary, multicultural study of the achievements, contributions, perspectives, experiences, roles and status of women encompassing the intersectionality of race, class, age, ethnicity, disability status, nationality and sexual identity.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Have a firm grasp of the feminist paradigm, including feminist theories and the theoretical frameworks that inform the analysis of social, cultural, historical, economic and political forces that shape the experiences of women
  2. Demonstrate facility for problem-solving and critical-thinking
  3. Demonstrate facility for intersectional analysis as it relates to diversity
  4. Be grounded in and understand the linkages between the liberal arts and sciences including commonalities, differences and contributions of each to the field of gender, sexuality and women’s studies

Degree requirements

In addition to the VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students are required to complete course work in core and elective courses.

  1. Credit hour requirements: Students in the Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies program are required to earn a minimum of 15 graduate-level credit hours beyond the baccalaureate.
  2. Grade requirements: An overall GPA of 3.0 is required for award of the certificate, and no more than three credit hours of C may be earned in the certificate program curriculum.

Curriculum requirements

Courses Credit hours
Required courses  
GSWS 501 Feminist Theory 3
GSWS 602 Feminist Research Epistemology and Methods 3
GSWS 620 Theorizing Sexuality 3
Choose courses from list of recommended electives below 6
Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 15
Recommended electives
(Courses outside departmental GSWS offerings require prior approval.)
GSWS 622 Women and Public Policy 3
GSWS 624 Gender and Cultural Production 3
GSWS 691 Topics in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies 1-3
GSWS 692 Independent Study variable
HIST (500- and 600-level) 3
PSYC (500- and 600-level) 3
SOCY (500- and 600-level) 3

Degree candidacy requirements

A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.

Degree candidacy requirements

Graduation requirements

As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.

Graduation requirements



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