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Graduate Certificate in Women, Policy & Political Leadership

Admission to the Program

Open to students with a bachelor's degree or equivalent from an accredited institution.

Certificate Requirements

  • 15 credit hours of approved course work with at least 6 credit hours at the 600-level or above with grades of C or better.

Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses are not accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements, although these grades will be included in the calculation of the GPA. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in certificate courses in order to be awarded a certificate. Students in certificate programs must take a minimum of 6 credit hours during each 12-month period and complete the certificate in four years. International students must enroll in 9 credit hours each semester (except for summer). A maximum of 3 credit hours earned at an accredited college or university may be applied toward the certificate as transfer credit.

Course Requirements

  • At least two of the following:
    • GOVT-682 Women and Politics (3)
    • GOVT-683 Women, Politics and Public Policy (3)
    • GOVT-684 Women and Political Leadership (3)
  • A minimum of two 1-credit courses from the following:
    • GOVT-685 Topics in Women and Politics:
      • The Politics and Policy of Reproductive Rights (1)
      • The Politics and Policy of Girls’ Empowerment (1)
      • Women in Foreign Relations (1)
      • Women, Politics, and the Media (1)
      • Political Skills Building Workshop (1)
      • Women and Political Leadership (1)
      • Politics and Economics of Sexual Harassment (1)
      • Politics of Violence Against Women (1)
      • Women and the United Nations (1)
      • Women, Politics and Philanthropy (1)
  • At least two additional 3-credit courses:
    • ANTH-635 Race, Gender & Social Justice (3)
    • COMM-510 Women in Journalism (3)
    • COMM-534 Race, Gender, and the Media (3)
    • ECON-574 Gender Perspectives on Economic Analysis: Microeconomics (3)
    • EDU-565 Gender and Cultural Diversity in Schools (3)
    • GOVT-584 Gender and Politics in the Mid-East (3)
    • GOVT-685 Role of Latinas in American Politics (3)
    • GOVT-686 Feminist Political Theory (3)
    • HIST-632 Contemporary Historical Studies: Women, Gender, & Society in the Middle East (3)
    • JLS-526 Domestic Violence (3)
    • JLS-535 Gender and the Law (3)
    • PSYC-545 Psychology of Sex: Similarities and Differences (3)
    • SIS-517 Gender and Conflict (3)
    • SIS-639 Feminist Approaches to Social
    • SIS-648 Justice Women and Development (3)
    • SOCY-570 Sociology of Gender and Family (3)
    • SOCY-670 Gender, Family and Work (3)
  • Optional 4-credit courses (to substitute for one of the additional 3-credit courses):
    • GOVT-520 Advanced Studies in Campaign Management (4)
    • GOVT-523 The Art and Craft of Lobbying (4)

*Other courses may be substituted with permission of the Director.