Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) is a supplementary program designed for students currently enrolled in a Northeastern University master’s or doctoral program. The certificate aims to provide enhanced competency by:

  • Analyzing contemporary feminist theoretical frameworks, methodologies, issues, and topics and their relation to established disciplines
  • Focusing on the intersection of gender with sexuality, race, class, and other vectors of power and identity
  • Broadening and enriching analytical skills in one or more disciplines while drawing on the interdisciplinary perspectives of WGSS
  • Challenging the traditional separation of academic theory from political and professional practice

Certificate students will work with an advisor in their primary or a closely related discipline to develop a plan for completing the certificate. The advisory relationship is intended to be facilitative; students are free to request a different advisor at any time.

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.


Required Course Work
Complete 3 semester hours from the following:3
Theorizing Gender and Sexuality
Feminist Inquiry
Queer Theory: Sexualities, Genders, Politics
Complete 9 semester hours from the following:9
Seminar in Feminist Psychology
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Race and Gender Frontiers: U.S. Encounters with Empire
Research Seminar in Gender and Society in the Modern World
Queer Theory: Sexualities, Genders, Politics
Feminist Theory
Feminist Methodologies
Gender and Globalization
Gender and Social Movements
The Family
Women, Men, and Social Change
Family Violence
Race, Gender, Class: Feminist View
Sociology of Gender
Gender and Social Policy
Theorizing Gender and Sexuality
Queer Theory: Sexualities, Genders, Politics
Feminist Inquiry
Understanding the Pornographic and the Obscene
Gender, Race, and the Complexities of Science and Technology
Motherhood and Mothering: Theory, Discourse, Practice, and Change
Special Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Directed Study

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

12 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required