Rosa Parks Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies is designed for students enrolled in a graduate program in any field who wish to complement their advanced training and scholarly work with an additional specialization in Women's Studies. Eligible students include those who are admitted and enrolled in any UWM graduate program and students who already hold a master's or doctoral degree. Those who already hold an advanced degree must gain admission to UWM as a non-degree student to enroll in Women's Studies graduate courses.

Program Requirements

Students pursuing a graduate certificate in Women's Studies must complete a declaration form, which is available in the Women's Studies office.

The Women's Studies Graduate Certificate requires completion of 15 graduate credits in approved courses with an overall GPA of 3.0. The following are required:

  • WMNS 401: Global Feminism; U/G, 3 cr. (Students who have previously earned undergraduate credit in this course will substitute, with the approval of the program Director, a graduate course with a focus on globalization and women.)
  • WMNS 710: Advanced Feminist Theory, G, 3 cr.
  • Electives, 9 credits, selected from a combination of WMNS and approved cross-listed Graduate (G) or Undergraduate/Graduate (U/G) courses in other programs and departments.

In addition:

  1. No more than 6 credits in U/G courses can apply toward the certificate.
  2. A maximum of 3 credits in independent study may count toward the 15 credits required for the certificate.
  3. At least 3 credits must be taken outside of Women's Studies and the student's home department or discipline (i.e., the program in which the student currently is enrolled as a graduate degree candidate or in which the student has received an advanced degree).
  4. No more than 20% of the required 15 credits may be taken at an institution other than UWM (i.e., no more than 3 transfer credits can apply toward the certificate).

At the completion of the certificate, students are encouraged to submit a paper or project that represents well their performance in the certificate program.

To declare your Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies or for more information about the Master of Arts in Women’s Studies, contact Gwynne Kennedy, Women's Studies Director and Graduate Advisor.

Gwynne Kennedy
Northwestern Quadrant B, Room 7598
Phone: 414-229-5918
e-mail: gkennedy@uwm.edu