Sep 20, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 

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

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Program Admission

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • A baccalaureate degree (or earned the equivalent of a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree) in any field from an accredited College or University.
  • Prior completion of at least 2 courses with substantial content on women and/or gender (with a grade of B or better), or completion of at least 1 course with substantial content on women and/or gender (with a grade of B or better) and concurrent registration in either WGST 200  or WGST 202 .
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, with 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, or a minimum 3.0 in graduate coursework previously taken.
  • A written statement of 2-3 pages (double-spaced) that demonstrates graduate-level writing and proficiency and includes:
    • An explanation of the student’s academic goal–specifically areas in the field of WGST that they find particularly appealing, professors at EMU with whom they would like to work with and why, and ideas related to the field of WGST and the role of women in society that they hope to pursue in the course of graduate study.
    • An explanation of the student’s professional goals and the ways in which their WGST certificate will help to attain those goals.
    • A discussion of any prior professional and/or community-based experience related to women and/or gender, and how that informs the student’s understanding of the field of women’s and gender studies.
    • An explanation of how previous coursework related to women and/or gender shaped that student’s desire to pursue further study; e.g. the particular courses and writers that have influenced him or her.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors, employers, or others addressing the student’s professional or academic preparation and ability to successfully complete the graduate certificate.
  • For students whose first language is not English, demonstrated English language proficiency as shown by official test scores of 7 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a 91 on iBT, or 233 on the CBT, or 577 on the PBT; 80 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB).

Department Information

Women’s and Gender Studies, College of Arts & Sciences

Elizabeth Currans, Ph.D. | Department Head | 714A Pray-Harrold | 734.487.1177 |

Advisor Information

Jacqueline Goodman, Ph.D. | Professor | 714Q Pray Harrold | 734.487.4864 |

Degree Requirements: 12 hours

Required Courses: 6 hours

Restricted Electives: 6 hours

Choose six hours from the following courses, in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.

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