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


Suzanna Walters
Graduate Program Director

Kiki Samko
Graduate Program Administrator

The Graduate Certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) is 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

Prospective certificate students are advised initially to consult with the WGSS program director to develop a plan for completing the certificate. 

WGSS also offers a specific path for master's of public health students to complete a graduate certificate in WGSS. MPH students are able to apply theories, concepts, and methods gained from the WGSS certificate to urban health issues. Certificate students will work with an advisor in the public health program to develop a plan for completing the certificate. 

Complete all courses and requirements listed below unless otherwise indicated.

Core Requirement

Complete one of the following:4
Theorizing Gender and Sexuality
Feminist Inquiry
Queer Theory: Sexualities, Genders, Politics
Queer Theory: Sexualities, Genders, Politics


Complete two of the following. At least one course must come from outside the student's home discipline. Any course not taken to complete the required course work may be taken as an elective. Electives outside this list may be chosen in consultation with program director. Students may also consider courses at the Graduate Consortium for Studies of Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality (located at MIT).8
Seminar in Feminist Psychology
Research Seminar in Gender and Society in the Modern World
Gender and Globalization
Gender and Social Movements
Sociology of Gender
Gender and Social Policy
Understanding the Pornographic and the Obscene
Special Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Directed Study
The following courses are required for MPH students, in addition to one elective from the list above. Non–MPH students may not use these courses as electives.
Race, Ethnicity, and Health in the United States
Society, Behavior, and Health
The course below is an elective for MPH students only and must incorporate a project focused on gender and/or sexuality into the selected urban public health issue. A WGSS faculty member must serve on the capstone committee.
Public Health Capstone

Program Credit/GPA Requirements

12 total semester hours required
Minimum 3.000 GPA required