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Certificate in Gender & Women's Studies

Enhance your degree and expand your opportunities with our post-baccalaureate graduate certificate.


Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS)

Our post-B.A. program offers you an opportunity to design your own course of study. The certificate can be earned by completing 15 graduate credits.

Students who are pursuing a degree in another department  will be able dual apply some of their courses for both the degree and the certificate. The certificate allows you to enhance your studies with a deeper knowledge of GWS, which has transformed scholarship and challenged fundamental assumptions in the humanities, social and natural sciences, and the professions.

For more information, contact Dr. Travis Foster, Director of Academics for GWS, at can visit our Offices in SAC 488 on the fourth floor.

Students not enrolled in a Villanova graduate degree program who are applying for the freestanding certificate must submit

-  an online application form
-  an official transcript of all previous college work, showing a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university
-  two letters of recommendation from people in a position to evaluate the applicant’s academic ability
-  a personal statement indicating interests, plans, and objectives within the field of Gender and Women’s Studies.

Graduate students already enrolled at Villanova may apply through an internal application and a review of their graduate transcripts. Up to two courses may double-count toward both a graduate degree and the GWS graduate certificate.

 The appplication form and the outline of the process is detailed on the Graduate Studies web pages. Deadlines and other important information is reflected in our academic calendar.

The certificate requires 15 credit hours (5 three-credit courses) including  Critical Perspectives on Gender (GWS 8000) and four graduate courses with the GWS attribute.   

The GWS curriculum is always evolving, and faculty from many disciplines frequently teach new graduate courses. Recent courses that qualify for the GWS attribute are: 

CHR 7155: Human Sexuality
COM 8005: Gender and Communication
EDU 8678: Multiculturalism, Gender in Schools
ENG 8260: Revenge Tragedy
ENG 9530: Sex before Sexology
ENG 9640: Emotion and American Fiction
ENG 9640: Queer Theory and American Literature
ENG 9730: Modernist Sexualities
ENG 9720: Feminist Fiction and Feminist Theory
GWS 8000: Critical Perspectives on Gender
HIS 8002: Gender and the Civil War
HIST 8207: Women and Gender in Europe 400-1650
HIS 8290: Women and Gender in Modern Europe
HIS 8436: Women and Gender in the Middle East
HIST 8800: Gender History
LAW 6255: Sexuality and the Law
LAW 7060: Feminist Legal Theory
LAW 7148: Human Trafficking
LST 7301: Women in America
LST 7303: Social Justice
PHI 8540: Feminist Theories
PHI 8710: Embodied Epistemologies
PHI 8720: Politics of the Affects
PSC 8000: Global Feminism
PSC 8775: Global Inequality
PSY 8900: Intimate Relationships
PSY 8900: Gender and Sexuality
SPA 7449: Women’s Voices in Latin America
THE 8200: Gender, Politics, and Performance

What you will find in GWS

  • Award-winning faculty who are passionate about feminist scholarship
  • A vibrant community of faculty and students committed to gender equality
  • An engaging lineup of extra-curricular lectures, performances, and film screenings
  • An annual research conference that highlights student work and features a dynamic keynote speaker  
  • Contact us to learn more or check out our BLOG,
    Villanova GWS Facebook
    Podcasts and Events.


Gender and Women's Studies
Villanova University, SAC 488
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Certificate Program Director: 
Dr. Travis Foster