As the academic branch of women’s movements, Women’s Studies challenges assumptions upon which the Western tradition of scholarship has been based. The curriculum for the Women’s Studies certificate focuses on analyzing gender as it is constructed within and through differences of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, (dis) ability, and nationality. It enables students to interpret the diverse lives, issues, and voices of women in our multicultural and transnational world.
For students who have a bachelor’s degree, the certificate program is more in-depth than a minor, offering the opportunity for focused study on a topic or sub-field of interest. This program can be particularly useful for those entering careers in counseling, social work, health care, teaching, human resources, or student affairs. It also helps prepare students for graduate programs in the humanities and/or social sciences. Contact the Department of Critical Race, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at 707-826-4329 for information.