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Women's and Gender Studies, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

The post-baccalaureate certificate in women's and gender studies at Saint Louis University is designed to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn a graduate credential in the field through part-time study.

The certificate provides professional development opportunities for individuals seeking to enhance their expertise on issues relating to women, gender and sexuality. The program offers an interdisciplinary education about contemporary social justice issues, preparing students for leadership and advocacy roles. It is particularly suited for working professionals currently employed in areas such as education, business, government, student services, social services, advocacy and the nonprofit arena. Eligible applicants will have completed an undergraduate degree before beginning the program and who will not otherwise be enrolled in a SLU degree program. 

Curriculum Overview


The certificate requires the successful completion of nine credits (three courses), distributed among theory, practice and elective categories. 

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

Students can complete a graduate-level internship under the supervision of a faculty member. 

Careers

The certificate offers development opportunities for professionals employed in education, business, government, student services, social services, advocacy and nonprofits.

Admission Requirements

  • Undergraduate transcripts (unofficial copies of transcripts are acceptable)

  • Current resume

  • One letter of recommendation 

  • Statement of purpose

  • Writing sample of applicant’s choosing

1. Graduates will be familiar with the diversity of women’s lives and experiences.

2. Graduates will be able to understand and articulate key feminist theories and ideas.

3. Graduates will be able to develop a readily applicable skill, such as how to teach a women's and gender studies course, how to assess a social service program, or how to effect social change.

The certificate requires the successful completion of nine credits (three courses). 

The courses may be taken in any order, with the exception of the internship, which cannot be taken in the first semester. 

Students may not earn both the graduate minor and the post-baccalaureate certificate.

Theory Course
WGST 5010Feminist Theories3
or WGST 5020 Feminist Epistemologies
Practice Course
Select one course from the following:3
WGST 5030
Feminist Research Design
WGST 5040
Current Feminist Issues
WGST 5050
Program Evaluation
WGST 5910
Graduate Internship
Program Elective
Select one course with either a WGST number, cross-listing or attribute, such as: 3
WGST 5716
Dismantling Oppression: Exploring Equity & Inclusion (also SWRK 5716)
WGST 6650
20th Century Postcolonial Literature (also ENGL 6650)
WGST 6833
Employment Discrimination (also LAW 8210)
Total Credits9

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
WGST 5010
or WGST 5020
Feminist Theories
or Feminist Epistemologies
3
WGST 5030
or WGST 5040
Feminist Research Design
or Current Feminist Issues
3
 Credits6
Spring
WGST 5910 Graduate Internship (or Program Elective) 3
 Credits3
 Total Credits9

For more information about our program, contact:

Amanda Izzo, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Coordinator
amanda.izzo@slu.edu