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University of Pittsburgh    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
  May 19, 2022
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Gender, Sexuality, and Women Studies Certificate

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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.

The certificate is available as a stand-alone option or can be pursued as part of a degree.

Admission Requirements

Students must meet College of General Studies certificate application requirements and complete an application form online. For more information, visit

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 (GSWS can count as one of these 2 departments). Courses must be approved for GSWS credit (consult Pitt’s Course Catalog for current listings). Some approved courses are:

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.

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