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University of Pittsburgh    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jul 14, 2024
2017-2018 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.

Admission and Application Requirements

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

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 (9 credits) must be taken from at least two different academic departments (with GSWS as one possible unit.) Visit the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies department Web site for a full listing of approved courses, including such courses as:


Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.

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