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About Women & Gender Studies Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies Program provides a base of study that addresses the intersecting issues of gender, age, race, ethnicity, class, regionalism, nationalism, sexual identity, etc. as they affect women and men. The certificate is complementary to a wide variety of graduate programs, and is also available as a standalone certificate. It can be individualized to each student’s need and gives greater depth to each student’s individual studies.

A flexible, interdisciplinary academic program, Women and Gender Studies (WGS) is unique at USU in bringing together women and men of all ethnicities and sexual identities to explore the many ways in which gender influences people’s lives and world views. Courses focus on the role of gender in human culture, examining the dynamics of sex roles and gender ideals, both historically and in the present. Through coursework and research, students engage in the study of femininities and masculinities, as well as the social forces that construct these gender identities, from many perspectives.

The Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies Program is available to students who are currently enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program at Utah State University, and is available as a standalone certificate to students not otherwise enrolled in a graduate program but who wish to complete coursework in women and gender studies at the graduate level.

Applications to the Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies program take place on two levels: 1) the University level and 2) the Program level. Students must be admitted at both the University and Program levels to receive the certificate. All students must possess a bachelor’s degree.

For Students Currently Enrolled in a Graduate Degree Granting Program at USU:

Students already enrolled in a graduate-level degree granting program should apply solely at the program level.

At the Program level, students should apply to the Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies Program by submitting the following documents:

•          Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies Application Form

•          Unofficial transcripts from all universities attended

•          A 300-600 word statement of purpose explaining your interest in the Certificate Program and your background in Women and Gender Studies

After acceptance into the program, students will be required to submit a proposed plan of study. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

For Students Not Enrolled in a Graduate Degree Granting Program at USU:

At the University level, students not currently enrolled in a graduate-level degree granting program at Utah State University must apply to the University through the Undergraduate Admissions Office or Quick Admit through Regional Campuses and Distance Education (RCDE).

This “Quick Admit” process allows you to obtain up to 12 credits for Graduate Degrees towards your Utah State University coursework. You can start taking classes today without going through the admissions process, which is great if you find yourself out of time to apply formally. You can sign up and register all at once and get into your classes immediately. You can then apply to USU at a later date. Visit: to apply today.

Only students who have no intention of attending the Logan Campus and who have no financial aid needs (once the graduate certificate is financial aid eligible) should apply through Quick Apply.

Graduate students who study women and gender issues might go on to careers in higher education, with the ability to teach women and gender studies courses or direct gender-focused programming. Other graduate students might go on to other careers in the private, non-profit, or public sectors. Career paths of graduate students with a women and gender studies focus include:

• Advocacy

• Editing

• Graphic Design

• Law

• Counseling

• Crisis Intervention

• Human Resources

• Lobbyist

• Magazine Editing

• Marketing

• Medical Fields

• Politics

• Public Policy

• Publishing

• Radio Broadcasting

• Research

• Social Service

• Social Work

• Teaching

• Television Production

• Theatre & Arts

• Writing

Utah is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) and Utah State University (USU) is an approved SARA institution, which means we adhere to established standards for offering post-secondary e-learning programs in all member states. Please review our state authorizations to see if this program is offered in your state and our process for student complaints against the university.

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