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)


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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