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Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies

Women contribute to culture and society as both participates and creators. Fort Hays State University offers coursework from diverse academic fields that allows for a theoretically and historically based understanding of the aspirations, accomplishments, and rights of women throughout history. The Women's and Gender Studies Certificate program takes you on a journey of exploration from the Enlightenment era through third-wave feminism. Along the way, take your own excursions into literature, history, sociology, leadership, communication, nursing, justice studies and/or psychology. All courses are intentionally designed for males and females, alike. You are invited to take these journeys with us!

Once you have taken all required classes, you will be issued an official certificate that recognizes your successful completion of the Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies at Fort Hays State University. Students must receive a grade of "C" or higher in each course to count towards the certificate.

Required Courses

SOC 310 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (3)
SOC 311 Feminist Theory (3)

Elective Courses (choose two from two different disciplines)

COMM 600 Nonverbal Codes (3)
ENG 327 Introduction to Fiction (3)
ENG 692 Theme Studies: Ethnic Literature (3)
ENG 395 Comparative Studies in Lit: Global Women’s Issues (3)
HIST 651 Women in American History (3)
JUS 380 Special Topics: Women and Crime (3)
JUS 605 Workplace Violence (3)
LDRS 420 Women and Leadership (3)
PSY 340 Social Psychology (3)
PSY 359 Evolutionary Psychology (3)

Total Credit Hours: 12

Download a PDF version of the Women's and Gender Studies Checklist.
If you would like more information about the Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies, please contact Dr. Kate McGonigal ( certificate coordinator.

Please Note:
It is the responsibility of the student to inform the coordinator of the certificate program that he or she has completed the certificate requirements. Your certificate will not be awarded until you have completed the requirements and informed your coordinator of same. To ensure there is enough time to process your certificate, please inform your coordinator by the 21st day of the semester in which the certificate is to be awarded.

In order to verify certificate completion, the student must go into his/her TigerTracks account, where the unofficial transcript can be found. Simply highlight and copy the whole unofficial transcript or at least the portion that lists the courses necessary to meet the certificate requirements. The student may then paste that copied text that is his/her unofficial transcript into an e-mail message to the certificate coordinator. The student's e-mail note to the certificate coordinator should begin with an expression of the certificate(s) earned, followed by the unofficial transcript.

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