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 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.
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 or to those admitted to the free-standing Graduate Certificate 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 699 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, contact:
Prof. Lisa Diedrich, WaGS Graduate Program Advisor
Lisa.Diedrich@stonybrook.edu| 631.632.1765 | 2117 Humanities Building
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