Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
Procedures for Ph.D. Students
The Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality,
and Women’s Studies is designed to enrich students’ traditional disciplinary
training. The Certificate provides Ph.D. students with opportunities to think
in an integrated fashion about gender, sexuality, and women, and to engage with
a variety of approaches including feminist, critical race, queer, and
transgender theories as well as various disciplinary methodologies.
- A core curriculum of 5 GSWS courses:
- 1 feminist theory or
sexuality/queer theory seminar
- 4 courses cross-listed
with GSWS, or courses that contain significant content in gender, sexuality, and/or
- A Research Paper
The paper for the Graduate Certificate should include theory and/or research
relevant to current topics in the study of gender, sexuality, and/or women. A
student may submit a paper written for a course that fulfills this requirement,
or may be asked to expand an existing paper.
- 5 Pedagogy Seminars (for students who
enroll in the GSWS Certificate Program from fall 2011 forward). All GSWS
graduate certificate students who have enrolled in the certificate program
prior to September 1, 2011 will be grandmothered into the previous
requirements, which did not feature a pedagogy seminar series. Nonetheless, we
invite and encourage all currently enrolled GSWS graduate certificate students
to attend any/all of these seminars. The GSWS Graduate Pedagogy Seminars will
be held six times per year and all certificate students are expected to attend
at least five of these seminars in order to meet the requirements of the Certificate
"Grandmother" course credit is available at the discretion of the
Graduate Certificate Committee. Credit may be given for courses that were not
officially cross-listed with GSWS, but that focused on gender, sexuality,
women, and related issues. Students should submit a statement detailing why
they believe their course of study at Penn fulfills the requirements of the
Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies to the Committee.
- To Apply to the
Program, a student must:
- Obtain a Graduate Certificate Application form.
- Select a Faculty
Advisor. (See our list of Core Faculty as well as our list of Affiliated Faculty.)
- Consult with the
advisor about a plan of study. Students should meet
with their faculty advisor at least once per year.
- Write a ONE PAGE
statement about why she/he wishes to obtain a Certificate. The statement should
include a discussion of how the Certificate Program relates to the student’s
current scholarly interests. (This may include what work the student has
already done in the area of gender, sexuality and women's studies.)
- Submit the statement
and the Graduate Certificate Application form to the Gender, Sexuality, and
Women’s Studies Program Graduate Certificate Committee for approval (c/o the
GSWS office). The Graduate Certificate Committee, which is composed of faculty
members from a variety of disciplines, meets to review proposals three times
per year in October, February, and May.
- The student must submit
the signed Graduate Certificate Approval form to the Gender, Sexuality, and
Women’s Studies Program Graduate Certificate Committee for final approval. If a
student has followed the procedures approval is typically granted. The student
is also asked to submit a copy of the paper written for the Certificate to be
kept on file in the GSWS Program Office.
- After final approval for
the Certificate, a notation that the student has successfully completed the program
will be placed on the student's transcript, and the student will receive the
Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.