Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies

Women contribute to culture and society as both participants 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 and Gender Studies Certificate program takes the student on a journey of exploration from the Enlightenment era through third-wave feminism. Along the way, students take their 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!

Required Courses:

  • SOC 310 Intro to Women's and Gender Studies (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 311 Feminist Theory (3 Credit Hours)
  • And two courses from two different disciplines:

  • COMM 600 Nonverbal Codes (3 Credit Hours)
  • ENG 126 Intro. to Lit.: US Ethnic & Gender Lit. (3 Credit Hours)
  • ENG 654 Major American Authors: Willa Cather (3 Credit Hours)
  • HIST 651 Women in American History (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 605 Workplace Violence (3 Credit Hours)
  • LDRS 420 Women in Leadership (3 Credit Hours)
  • MLNG 664 Sem. in Frence Lit.: Women in French Literature (3 Credit Hours)
  • NURS 444E Childbirth Empowerment (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 350B Psychology of Gender (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 140 Introduction to Sociology (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 343 Sociology of Sex Roles (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 350 Family Communication (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 388 Sociology of the Family in America (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 446 Contemporary Social Movements (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 466 Sociology of Sexual Behavior (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 472 Social Inequality (3 Credit Hours)


 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 portions of the unofficial transcript 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 coordinator should begin with an expression of the certificate(s) earned, followed by the unofficial transcript.

Contact Information

Dr. Kate McGonigal
Fort Hays State University
Rarick Hall 318
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601-4099
Phone: (785) 628-5699
Email: kmcgonig@fhsu.edu
Web: Sociology

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