Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies
Admission to the Certificate Program is contingent upon, (1) prior admission to the Graduate School of the University into a graduate degree-granting department, or (2) after prior completion of a graduate degree and acceptance as a non-degree student.
The candidate should demonstrate acommitment to, and evidence of, research or organizational experience in feminist concerns. A general knowledge of feminist scholarship is expected, and a background in feminist theory and/or activism with women's issues is preferred, but an undergraduate major in the field is not required as prerequisite for admission to the program.
Students interested in admission to the Certificate Program should the main office, 208 Bartlett Hall or call (413) 545-1922. Scroll down for an application or pick one up at the Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies office. Applications should be submitted directly to the Graduate Admissions office in 530 Goodell or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 1. Non-degree students should contact the Graduate Admissions office, 530 Goodell for a non-degree student application.
Upon admission to the certificate program each student will meet with both the graduate program coordinator and the graduate certificate program director to plan their program of study. A list of affiliate faculty mentors is available for student's committee support. Successful completion of the required course work will constitute a certificate in Advanced Feminist Studies.
The program requires the following coursework:
- Two core approved graduate courses:
- Feminist Theory: A background in theory is required for admission and, in addition, this course is both a foundational core requirement and prerequisite for the Issues in Feminist Research Seminar. Course content explores an integrative perspective* and may examine selected paradigms in feminist theories.
- Issues in Feminist Research Seminar: A three credit methods seminar with course content that explores an integrative analysis and may examine selected paradigms in feminist theory.
- Two interdisciplinary approved electives from the following categories:
- Feminist Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Approaches: This elective exposes the students to disciplinary coursework that focuses on women, gender, and/or sexuality, and is guided by feminist analysis.
- Transnational/Critical Race Feminisms:
This requirement ensures that students understand the critical importance of the anti-racist politics of racial justice movements and women of color to feminism, and further accommodates the inclusion of transnationalism, critical race studies and sexuality studies into the field of inquiry.
- A final research project - WOMENSST 793A:
A Committee of two must be named and a research abstract submitted to the Graduate Certificate Coordinator before starting the final research project. Once approved, Certificate students work with the GCPD who may supervise the project or assign and work with one of the associated faculty to serve in this capacity. Students working on their final research projects are expected to work closely with both committee members and the Graduate Certificate Program Director and will participate in a public oral presentation of their research.
Research project options include but are not limited to a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation; a publishable research paper or project of outstanding quality; a book chapter; a performance or multimedia presentation. Whatever the field of study, the research paper must focus on the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality and, if relevant, transnational issues. It can be developed from 1) a paper submitted to meet one of the core requirements; 2) prior research; 3) a practicum or other project. The disciplinary advisor and the Graduate Certificate Program Director will evaluate the project for final approval. A final copy of the research project is to be left with the program office.
Forms Needed for Completion:
Courses will be offered and coordinated by core, adjunct and associated graduate faculty of the Women’s Studies Program. A program coordinator is available for advising and the Graduate Program Director provides supervision of research. For further information, contact the Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies Program, 208 Bartlett Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. 01003. Telephone (413)545-1922.