The undergraduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program providing students with the opportunity to broaden their understanding of the changing role that gender plays, both in the United States and around the world. The GSWS Certificate is housed in the College of General Studies and offered in partnership with the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies program. Participants benefit from the academic instruction of GSWS faculty and the nontraditional student services available through the College of General Studies.
Students who want to explore the intersection of gender with race, class, ethnicity, ability, and sexual orientation will find courses of interest, as will students who want to know more about the role of women in history, literature and the arts, media, and science. Students who are planning careers in medicine, the creative arts, social work, education, counseling, law, therapy, and business often find that a background in women’s studies enhances their professional activities.
Admission and Application Requirements
Students must meet College of General Studies certificate application requirements and complete an application form online. For more information, visit http://www.cgs.pitt.edu/admissions.
In addition, prospective and current students are expected to schedule a meeting with the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Undergraduate Advisor and complete the UNDERGRADUATE CERTIFICATE ADVISING FORM. The form should be filed as early as possible and no later than the semester prior to graduation.
Certificate Requirements (18 credits)
The Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies is an 18-credit certificate:
- Transfer courses will be accepted on a case-by-case basis up to a maximum of two courses.
- A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher is required in courses being applied to the certificate.
- A minimum of 12 credits must be earned at the University of Pittsburgh.
- The GSWS Certificate may not be pursued concurrently with the B.A. in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies or with the GSWS minor.
- All certificate students are expected to meet at least once per year with the GSWS advisor to update their files and discuss what courses are needed to fulfill certificate requirements.
Core Courses (6 credits)
A minimum of two courses (six credits) are required (preferably to be completed early in the student’s academic program).
Electives (9 credits)
Three elective courses must be taken from at least two different academic departments (with GSWS as one possible unit.) Courses must be approved for GSWS credit (consult Pitt’s Course Catalog for current listings). GSWS can count as one of these 2 departments. Some approved courses are:
- ADMJ 1242 - GENDER, RACE, CLASS, AND CRIME
- AFRCNA 0454 - MAN/WOMAN LITERATURE
- ANTH 0768 - HUMAN SEXUALITY IN CROSS CULTURE
- ENGCMP 0203 - SEMINAR IN COMPOSITION: GENDER STUDIES
- ENGLIT 0610 - WOMEN AND LITERATURE
- ENGLIT 0630 - SEXUALITY AND REPRESENTATION
- FR 0012 - FRENCH KISS: LOVE, SEX, FRANCE
- GSWS 0200 - SEX, RACE, AND POPULAR CULTURE
- GSWS 0600 - GLOBAL LGBTQ LITERATURE
- LEGLST 1315 - SEX, LAW AND MARRIAGE
- PSY 0184 - PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER
- SOC 0446 - SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
- SOC 1448 - WORKING WOMEN
Either GSWS 1900 - INTERNSHIP or GSWS 1901 - INDEPENDENT STUDY may be used to meet an elective requirement, but in this case, the two other courses must each be in different departments. Consult with the GSWS advisor. Special permission from the GSWS advisor required.
Interdisciplinary Course (3 credits)
Choose one upper-level advanced GSWS course (three credits); GSWS 0100 and GSWS 0500 (or GSWS 0550 ) are prerequisites for some of these courses. Below is a sample list of approved courses:
Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.