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Undergraduate 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 300-level or above with grades of C or better.

Grades of C- or D in certificate program courses will not be accepted toward the fulfillment of certificate requirements although these grades will be included in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average. Students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average 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 after they are admitted. International students must enroll in 12 credit hours each semester (except for summer). All programs must be completed within four years. 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-482 Women and Politics (3)
    • GOVT-483 Women, Politics and Public Policy (3)
    • GOVT-484 Women and Political Leadership (3)
  • A minimum of two 1-credit courses from the following:
    • GOVT-282 Introduction to Women & Politics (1)
    • GOVT-485 Topics in Women and Politics:
      • The Politics and Policy of Women's Health (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-215 Sex, Gender and Culture (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-485 Role of Latinas in American Politics (3)
    • GOVT-486 Feminist Political Theory (3)
    • HIST-332 Contemporary Historical Studies: Women, Gender, & Society in the Middle East (3)
    • JLS-526 Domestic Violence (3)
    • JLS-535 Gender and the Law (3)
    • SOCY-235 Women in the Third World (3)
    • SOCY-352 Women, Men & Social Change (3)
    • WGST-225 Gender, Politics & Power (3)
    • WGST-300 Feminism and Gender Theory (3)
    • WGST-350 Interpreting Gender in Culture (3)
    • WGST-491 Internship in Women and Gender Studies (1-6)
  • 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.