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Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies

We are thrilled to announce a brand-new 15-credit post-baccalaureate graduate certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies. For more information, Travis Foster, Director of Academics for GWS, at

Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies

If you have a bachelor’s degree and you want to pursue graduate-level study in the interdisciplinary field of Gender and Women’s Studies, our 15-credit post-BA certificate offers you an opportunity to design your own course of study. If you are already enrolled in a graduate degree program, 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.


The certificate requires 15 credit hours or 5 three-credit courses:

  • Critical Perspectives on Gender (GWS 8000)
  • Four graduate courses with the GWS attribute, which is awarded by the GWS academic director to a wide range of graduate course offerings across many disciplines

The GWS curriculum is always evolving, since our faculty frequently teach new graduate courses related to the study of women, gender, and sexuality. 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

Admission Requirements

Students not enrolled in a Villanova graduate degree program who are applying for the freestanding certificate must submit an application form and 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; and 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.

Questions? Contact Travis Foster, Director of Academics for Gender and Women’s Studies, at

Contact the Program Director

Lynne Hartnett, PhD

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