Graduate Certificate & Graduate Minor

The Appalachian State Graduate Certificate in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies allows students to seek training at the graduate level in GWS and get formal recognition for completing this training successfully. The importance of GWS scholarship in a number of academic areas is well known, and interest in doing theses and dissertations that incorporate this scholarship continues to grow. The GWS Graduate Certificate and Graduate Minor Programs are open to students currently enrolled in graduate degree programs at Appalachian. In addition, GWS welcomes community members with bachelor's degrees (secondary school teachers, for example) who wish to obtain new training and the GWS Graduate Certificate or GWS Minor. Certificate-only students must apply through the Graduate School. Information on this process and the associated fees can be found on the Graduate School website.

Why Get a Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies Graduate Certificate or Graduate Minor?

  • Be part of an intellectual community of interdisciplinary GWS scholars at ASU.
  • Learn the epistemological and pedagogical bases for studies that take gender, sexuality, power, race, inequality, and other axes of difference as centrally constitutive analytic categories.
  • Be recognized for the graduate training in GWS you've sought.
  • Gain valuable experience preparing to teach, designing an outreach project, and collaborating in an interdisciplinary environment.


Students complete 12 semester hours of work selected from the list below. The two core graduate seminars foreground the epistemological and pedagogical bases for studies that take gender, sexuality, and inequality as centrally constitutive analytic categories, and offer students the opportunity to learn from one another in an interdisciplinary environment.

  • Feminist Perspectives on Pedagogy and Academe (WS 5600)
  • Feminist Theories (WS 5650)
  • Choose two of the following 3-credit courses:
    • AS 5530 Selected Topics (when the topic is gender)
    • ENG 5650 Gender Studies
    • ENG 5200 Issues in Teaching English (when taught by WS faculty)
    • FRE 5003 French Women Writers
    • GEOG 5130 Seminar in Cultural Geography (when topic is gender)
    • HIS 5206 Studies in American History (when topic is gender)
    • HIS 5106 Topics in European History (when topic is gender)
    • HIS 5531 Selected Topics in History (when topic is gender)
    • HPC 5130 Women's Issues in Counseling
    • IDS 5530 IDS Special Topics (when topic is gender)
    • SOC 5660 Women in the Justice System
    • SOC 5800 Sociology of the Family

As additional topics are designed, other courses on the topic of women and gender in various departments can be taken as electives when taught by a member of the WS faculty (see bottom of page for a list). Check our course listings each semester to see what's offered!


ASU graduate students pursuing, or planning to pursue, research with a focus on gender; or
A Certificate-only student must be a NC resident, hold a bachelor's degree, and be pursuing work related to women's issues or gender.


  • Those interested in the Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies are welcome to confer with the Director of the Women's Studies Program prior to submitting an application to the Graduate School.
  • Those seeking admission must write a brief essay outlining their interests and work goals, explaining how the WS Graduate Certificate will help them meet these goals.
  • Those seeking the women's studies certification can enroll year round. Eligibility for certification will be considered by a committee of the women's studies faculty.
  • For those already enrolled in a graduate program at Appalachian, you start the admission process by submitting a "Change of Major - Add Certificate Request Form" which can be found on the Graduate School forms page under the Program Materials section at:


Dr. Sushmita Chatterjee
Interim Director of Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies

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