Graduate Certificate: Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

About the Certificate

The graduate certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies (GSWS) allows graduate students already enrolled in a Temple University graduate degree program to develop methodological and theoretical expertise in the interdisciplinary field of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies while simultaneously fulfilling the graduate requirements for their degree-granting department. Students in the certificate program join and benefit from a community of graduate students and faculty committed to the study of gender and sexuality in a wide range of disciplines.

Students who are not enrolled in a Temple graduate degree program but are enrolled in a graduate degree program at another university may also apply for the GSWS graduate certificate by completing an external application form. All students complete the same course requirements to earn the certificate.

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate Coursework: 3 years

In their first year of graduate study, students typically take two required courses: GSWS 8001 Introduction to Feminist Studies and GSWS 9991 Seminar in Feminist Research. Each year, GSWS 8001 is offered in the Fall term and GSWS 9991 is offered in the Spring term. Students may take GSWS 9991 in the Spring term of their first year and GSWS 8001 in the Fall term of their second year. Those students enrolled in a graduate degree program at Temple should take their graduate-level GSWS-related electives during the first two years of their degree program, but exceptions can be made for taking one of the courses in the third year.

Campus Location: Main

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate is completed on a part-time basis. Students undertaking the GSWS graduate certificate while enrolled in a graduate degree program at Temple complete the certificate while fulfilling the requirements for their graduate degree program.

Job Prospects: The GSWS graduate certificate is a credential that enhances students’ prospects in today’s highly competitive academic job market by signaling a demonstrated interest in and commitment to diversity and inclusion. Students are able to apply the expertise gained in the certificate program to their scholarly research and teaching interests. Many colleges and universities are looking for job candidates who can both teach mainstream courses in academic departments as well as teach courses that focus on gender and/or sexuality within those departments. All of these factors make the certificate both intellectually enriching and practically useful.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students may take up to 9 credits of coursework before applying to the graduate certificate program.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall and Spring: Applications must be submitted by the end of the add/drop period.

Students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at Temple University apply on the GSWS graduate certificate internal application webpage. Questions should be directed to Heath Fogg Davis, GSWS Program Director, at hfd@temple.edu.

Students not currently enrolled at Temple apply via an external application form, which is available by contacting Stephanie Morawski at morawski@temple.edu or 215-204-8516.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: Applicants must already be admitted to a graduate degree program at Temple University. Alternately, applicants enrolled in a graduate degree program at another university must submit official transcripts for all coursework taken since high school, whether or not a degree was earned from the institution(s). Evidence of the award of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale must be shown.

Additional Requirements for Students Not Currently Enrolled in a Graduate Degree Program at Temple University:

  • Two letters of recommendation from persons in a position to evaluate the applicant’s academic ability and accomplishments
  • A personal statement of no more than 250 words indicating interests, plans, and objectives within the field of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 12

Required Courses:

GSWS 8001Introduction to Feminist Studies3
GSWS 9991Seminar in Feminist Research3
Electives 16
Total Credit Hours12

 Approved Electives with a Gender and/or Sexuality Theme

Seminar in the African American Woman
Anthropology of Sexuality and Gender
Race and Class in North America
Corrections
Multicultural Counseling
Seminar in Race, Culture, and Gender in Psychotherapy
Educating Dance
Dance and the Gendered Body: Historical Perspectives
Gender Issues in Education
Social Epidemiology
Race, Class, Gender in Cities
Gender Issues in Education
Gender and Sexuality in Asia
Comparative Women's History
Women and Gender in the American South
Jewish History
History of Sexuality
Sociology of Kinesiology
Topics in Gender Studies
Feminist Epistemology and the Philosophy of Science
Play and Development
Religion and Sexuality
Race, Gender, Class and Ethnicity in Ancient Near East
Sexuality and Gender
Sexuality and Gender
Gender and Body
Advanced Human Behavior and the Social Environment - Gender and Sexuality through the Lifespan
Advanced Policy - Gender and Sexuality

Culminating Event:
Research Requirement:
A research requirement must be fulfilled to earn the GSWS graduate certificate. Students currently enrolled in a graduate degree program at Temple fulfill this requirement by writing a thesis or dissertation that considers gender and/or sexuality in some way. The entirety of the student's thesis or dissertation might be focused on gender and/or sexuality, or these themes may be central to a single chapter or section.

Courses

GSWS 5000. Topics in Women's Studies. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

GSWS 8001. Introduction to Feminist Studies. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides a general introduction to students interested in the interdisciplinary field of Women's Studies as well as in applying feminist methods of research, analysis and practice in their own disciplines.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

GSWS 9082. Independent Study. 3 Credit Hours.

Independent work on a project related to Women's Studies supervised by a member of the Women's Studies Affiliated Faculty.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

GSWS 9991. Seminar in Feminist Research. 1 to 3 Credit Hour.

Students will present research on topics related to gender and feminist theory. Discussions depend on common readings on what constitutes feminist research and focus on an analysis and critique of the papers presented.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

Contacts

Submission Address for Applications for Currently Enrolled Temple University Students:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZNCauCEq-rYfC6-O_T6D6gfnSNBpyR71NT1e7LujMcjBzOg/viewform

Submission Address for Applications and Supporting Materials for Applicants Not Currently Enrolled at Temple University:

morawski@temple.edu

Department Contacts:

Administrator:

Stephanie Morawski

morawski@temple.edu

215-204-8516

GSWS Program Director:

Heath Fogg Davis, Ph.D.

hfd@temple.edu