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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. 

The certificate requires 12 credit hours or four courses. Two courses come from the required list below (SOC 310 and SOC 311). You have options for the other two - but they must come from different disciplines (such as SOC and PSY or COMM and HIST or ENG and JUS, etc...). 

Required Courses

Both of these foundation courses must be completed.

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

Subtotal (6 credit hours)

Elective Courses

Choose any two courses below*, but from two different discipline areas - such as one SOC course and one PSY course OR one COMM course and one HIST course, etc...

  • COMM 600 Nonverbal Codes (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 327 Introduction to Fiction (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 395 Comparative Studies in Lit: Global Women’s Issues (3 credit hours)
  • ENG 692 Theme Studies: Ethnic Literature (3 credit hours)
  • HIST 651 Women in American History (3 credit hours)
  • JUS 380 Special Topics: Women and Crime (3 credit hours)
  • JUS 605 Workplace Violence (3 credit hours)
  • LDRS 420 Women and Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 340 Social Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • PSY 359 Evolutionary Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • SOC 343 Sociology of Gender Roles (3 credit hours)
  • SOC 472 Social Inequality (3 credit hours)

* Other FHSU courses may be substituted as electives upon approval of Dr. McGonigal (see below).

 Subtotal (6 credit hours)

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. From the unofficial transcript available to students, copy and paste each course completed toward the certificate (with grade earned showing) into an e-mail to be sent to the coordinator of the certificate. The student's e-mail note to the certificate coordinator should begin with an expression of the certificate earned, followed by the courses completed as documented from the unofficial transcript. In addition, please provide the name that you would like printed on the certificate - as in first name, with or without a middle initial, last name, or any variation of such, and your mailing address.

In summary, please e-mail your certificate coordinator with:

  • The certificate name.
  • The courses completed from your unofficial transcript.
  • Your name presented as you like for your certificate.
  • Your mailing address.
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