The Graduate Certificate Program In Women’s and Gender Studies

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program, offers a course of study that leads to the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. The program has affiliated faculty members from more than 20 different programs in the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, and health sciences. The program is designed to allow students working toward a degree in departments such as English, History, Philosophy, Theatre, Music, Cultural Analysis and Theory, Psychology, or Sociology to draw on faculty whose work deals with gender and sexuality issues in a wide range of disciplines. Since Women’s and Gender Studies has affiliates in nearly every department in the social sciences and humanities, the certificate program offers graduate students the opportunity for an unusually rich interdisciplinary experience.

The program is particularly strong in feminist theory, with faculty affiliates from the departments of Philosophy, English, Art, History, Cultural Analysis and Theory, and Hispanic Languages and Literature offering courses in this area. Other areas of concentration include Science and Critical Medical Studies, Global Public Health, Queer Theory, American Cultural History, and British, American, and Postcolonial literatures.
The graduate certificate entails three required seminars—feminist theory, feminist histories and methodologies, and the teaching practicum in women’s and gender studies— and two electives that can be taken with affiliated faculty in the student’s home department or from a list of seminars offered by faculty affiliates in other departments. Recent and future courses offered by our core faculty and affiliates include, for example, “Modernism and Cultural Studies,” “Madness and Civilization, 1960-1980,” “Globalization and Gender,” “Fashion in Theory and Film,” and “Race, Gender, and Global Culture,” and “Silk, Gold and Spices: Literature and International Trade.” Where courses are not available for a particular topic, students may arrange directed readings with an affiliated faculty member.
It is expected that most students can fulfill the requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies while working toward the master’s, doctoral, or other degree. Students should consult with their home program to determine whether the credits earned in the certificate program can be used toward their degrees. Opportunities for teaching in the CAT program are available for graduate certificate students who have successfully completed the pedagogy seminar. Certificate Students who teach for the program are also eligible for the annual Vivien Hartog Prize awarded to a graduate student who has shown a clear commitment to activism and teaching centered on human rights and social justice.


The Graduate Certificate Program

Since its emergence as a distinct field of inquiry within the academy, Women’s and Gender Studies has sought to intervene in disciplinary knowledge paradigms by raising questions about how we come to know what we know, who gets to speak and for whom, and what are legitimate fields of inquiry. The Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies at Stony Brook familiarizes students enrolled in Ph.D. programs— or, in certain cases, independent scholars and writers—with the interdisciplinary fields of feminist theory, gender and sexuality studies. It invites students to interrogate the categories through which knowledge is produced, including “women” and “gender,” and it asks them to engage in a self-reflexive questioning of the status, history, methods and goals of feminist, interdisciplinary, and disciplinary scholarship. From these engagements, students will be better equipped to participate in the disciplinary and interdisciplinary transformations in and beyond the University in the 21st century.


Admission to The Graduate Certificate Program in Women’s and Gender Studies

Admission to The Graduate Certificate Program in Women’s and Gender Studies is open to any full-time student enrolled in a Stony Brook graduate degree-granting program. Admission involves filling out two forms: Permission to Enroll in a Secondary Certificate Program and a Women's and Gender Studies Certificate Program application form.

Course Requirements

The Graduate Certificate Program in Women’s Studies is designed to provide an interdisciplinary course of instruction for students already enrolled in a graduate degree-granting program.   To earn the certificate, students must complete a minimum of 15 graduate credits in courses approved for the Certificate Program. Approved credits earned toward a graduate degree in another program or department may be applied toward the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. Students should consult with their home programs to determine whether credits earned for the certificate can be applied to the master’s or doctoral degree. Teaching assistantships may be available for advanced students.

Core Requirements (9 credits):

WGS 600        Histories and Methods of Gender Studies
WGS 601        Feminist Theories
WGS 698        Teaching Practicum in Gender Studies

Electives (6 credits): 
Only one elective (3 credits) may be a readings course taken with an affiliated faculty member and with approval from the CAT graduate director.

For more information please contact Associate Professor Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood, Graduate Program Director, at or Phone: (631) 632-7461


Students in the WaGS Certificate program


Download forms:

Graduate Certificate Application Form
Permission to Enroll in a Secondary Program
WaGS certificate worksheet






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Spring 2016


CAT Graduate Colloquium

Wednesday, March 23rd, from 1:00 - 2:20 in Frey Hall 105.

Our speakers include: 

Kathryn Silverstein, "Crime, Time, and the Corporeal in Julia Kristeva's Possessions"

Mark Pingree, "Cosmic Pessimism: Catastrophe, Trauma and Extinction"

Shruti Mukherjee, "Activism during Siege: Rise of Hindu Nationalist Right Wing in India"

CAT Graduate Colloquium

Wednesday, February 10th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Humanities Institute, Room#1008

Speakers and Titles: 

Spatiality, Cognitive Ecology, Here 

Professor John Lutterbie, "Gutters and Panels"

David Rodriguez, "Environment at Scale"


Fall 2015

Cultural Analysis and Theory -Graduate Student Conference


2015 Stony Brook University, Dept. of Cultural Analysis and Theory, Graduate Student Conference

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015

SBU Manhattan

387 Park Avenue South, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10016


2015 CAT Colloquium

Wednesday, October 28th, from 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.

Humanities Institute room#1008

Speakers and Titles:

Professor E.K. Tan, “From Exile to Queer Homecoming: Chen Xue’s A Wife’s Diary (2012)"

Yalda Hamidi, “'Diasporic Literature as a Feminist Genre: Re-reading Persepolis and Reading Lolita in Tehran"


Co-Sponsored Events:

Black History Month

Keynote speaker Sonia Sanchez poet, educator, and lecturer on Black Culture and Literature, Women’s Liberation and Racial Justice. 

Wednesday, January 27
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Student Activities Center Gelber Auditorium

DANTE WORLDS Echoes, Places, Questions -- A Conference on the 750th Anniversary of Dante's Birth 
Wednesday,  December 2, 2015 
Charles B. Wang Lecture Hall 29:30 am to 5:30 pm

English Graduate Student Conference - Spring 2016
Speaking Text(s): Communication in the Humanities

Kadji Amin published "'Blesser' le spectateur blanc américain: Les Nègres aux États-Unis, 1961-64 et 2003" in Études françaises.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship on SEX at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum for the 2015-16 academic year.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Humanities Institute at Stony Brook Faculty Fellowship for Spring semester of 2015 for the completion of his book, Queer Attachments.

Raiford Guins "Punk archaeologists" explain that they went looking for more than just video-game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill.  

Nancy Hiemstra has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Robert Harvey has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor.

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood is curating a film series at the IWM in Vienna.


Marcus Brock has been selected to receive the Turner Conference Travel Award to participation in the "Audiovisualtopia" taking place in Madrid, Spain beginning on 10/23/2015. 

Beth Tsai has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Kudos Newsletter 

        May 2016

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