Graduate Certificate Curriculum


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Curriculum

The interdisciplinary PBC in Women’s and Gender Studies requires 18 credit hours and adds expertise in Women’s and Gender Studies to any graduate degree. All students take two required courses in theory (6 credit hours) plus 12 additional credit hours of WGS-approved courses.

WGS-approved courses are those with a WGS number, offered by the WGS program, and those with a WGS marker, offered by other departments.  These courses have been through an approval process for WGS student learning outcomes.

PBC students may take up to 3 credit hours of independent study, subject to approval of the Graduate School and the WGS Director of Graduate Studies. A minimum of 3 credit hours for the PBC must be taken outside the student’s other degree-granting department.

Students submit an initial Plan of Study to the WGS Director of Graduate Studies near the beginning of their certificate program and keep it updated by adding only courses that fulfill requirements for the certificate. When the student applies for graduation (first week of their last semester), they also meet with the DGS to assure all certificate requirements have been completed and complete the final plant of study. The DGS and Program Director approve the final Plan of Study for submission to the Graduate School.

Certificate Requirements

Required Core Courses (6 credit hours)

WGS 650: Feminist Theory: Intersections of Gender, Race and Class
WGS 651: Feminist Research Analysis

Representative Courses Approved for WGS Credit

Theory Courses

CST 659: Communication and Gendered Communities
ELC 678: Feminist Theories and Education
ELC 680: Transnational and Postcolonial Feminist Perspectives
ENG 531: Feminist Theory and Women Writers
ENG 688: Women’s Rhetoric and Feminist Pedagogy
HDF 624: Feminist Theory and Research Methodologies

Other WGS-approved courses (representative sample)

WGS 600: Independent Study
WGS 601: Women’s and Gender Studies Internship
WGS 602: Internship Seminar
CED 574a: Contemporary Topics in Counseling: Counseling Women
CST 659: Communication and Gendered Communities
ELC 609: Epistemology and Education
ELC 662: Power, Politics, and Schools
ELC 664: Foundations of Interpretive Inquiry
ELC 670: Leadership for Teaching and Learning
ELC 688: Contemporary Problems Seminar
ELC 700: Critical Perspectives in Education, Leadership, and Culture
ENG 531: Feminist Theory and Women Writers
ERM 604: Methods of Educational Research
HDF 624: Feminist Theory and Research Methodologies
HDF 673: Cross-cultural Perspectives on Families
HEA 662: Gender and Health
HEA 665: Violence and Public Health
HIS 530: History of Sexuality: Selected Topics
HIS 551: Gender and History: Selected Topics
KIN 532: Women in Sport and Physical Activity
KIN 630: Sport and Society: Social Inequalities
MLS 610: Culture and Ideas (when focus is on gender)
MLS 620: Human Nature and Society (when focus is on gender)
TED 555: Multicultural Education


If a student wishes to take a course for WGS Certificate credit, but it does not already have a WGS marker, their best course of action is to ask the professor to contact the WGS Director of Graduate Studies and apply for a WGS marker. If the course meets with WGS approval, then it will also be available to other students. All substitutions for WGS credit must be approved in advance by the Director of Graduate Studies.


How to find currently offered courses
Find graduate-level courses and descriptions by clicking on “Course Descriptions” in the left-hand navigation bar under WGS Academic Programs.  Click on “Graduate Courses” to find a Google document listing the WGS course offerings and their descriptions. 


Find all WGS course offerings (undergrad and grad, no description) by going to UNCGenie Course Offerings Search: use the scroll-down menus to select the term; do not select subject (leave as “Not Applicable”); and scroll down to select WGS for course category. Click the “course search” button. The resulting list is alphabetical by subject, then numeric from lower- to higher-numbered courses. PBC students, like MA students, may take 600- and 700-level courses as well as a limited number of 500-level courses.




Questions?  Please contact Dr Elizabeth L Keathley, WGS Director of Graduate Studies,

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