Apr 22, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Gender and Women’s Studies Certificate

This interdisciplinary certificate is designed for students in any major who also want to study gender in a systematic way. The certificate program investigates how gender and sexuality operate as organizing axes of social, cultural, economic and political institutions, as well as in the everyday lives and cultural products of people who must live within them. Emphasizing the importance of historical and cross-cultural and transnational perspectives, Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies  at UMBC critically examines the intersections of gender and sexuality with other differences, including, class, race, ethnicity, nationality, age, and ability to make visible structures of power that otherwise remain hidden. This certificate empowers students to imagine a more just future and equips them with the tools to collectively enact it. 

Certificate Requirements

  • Minimum 24 credits
  • Minimum grade of ‘C’ in courses applied to the certificate
  • Students completing the Critical Sexuality Studies Minor  may share a maximum of two courses between programs

Course Requirements

Elective Courses (12 credits)

Complete 12 elective credits including 3 credits from one of the following women’s history courses. Of these 12 elective credits, 6 credits must be designated Range of Experience (RoE) courses and 6 must be at the 300 level and above. Students have the option to take up to 3 credits of independent study and 3 credits of internship towards completion of the certificate. Selected topics courses (CSST 292, CSST 392, CSST 492, GWST 290, GWST 390, GWST 490) may also be counted toward the 12 credits in electives. The full list of elective and RoE courses can be found on the Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies department website.