Program Overview

The Certificate in Women and Gender Studies program at Utah State University is a non-degree program that focuses on the impact of gender and sex, class, race, and religion on women and men alike. There is also a minor available for students pursuing a bachelor degree. The certificate program is offered through the Center for Women and Gender at USU.

The goal of this program is to expose students to research and commentary on human issues that affect both genders. Not only does coursework examine directly related topics, but students also look at other disciplines through the lens of gender and sexuality. This is intended to increase understanding between and within both men and women.

This program looks at ethnicity, class, and culture and the ways gender influence life on both the minor and major scale. Students look at the role of gender in human culture and its historical development, both in social structures and in physicality. The classes in this curriculum are designed to help candidates better understand the role of gender in their own lives.

Using online delivery, this flexible program may be customized to each student's needs and schedule. This certificate may be a good foundation for future undergraduate study. Graduates of this program may be able to pursue work in advocacy, law, counseling, public policy, psychology, or another related field.

To complete this program, students must earn a total of 21 credits. The only prescribed course is the Introduction to Women and Gender Studies. Additional credit comes from approved Women and Gender Studies electives list and must come from at least three separate academic disciplines. No more than 12 credits can come from one discipline and at least 15 must come from courses at or above the 3000 level. Each student must maintain at least a 3.0 overall GPA.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


    Applicants must have a high school diploma with a minimum 2.5 GPA or a 550 GED, and submit SAT or ACT scores of at least 820 or 17, respectively.

    School Overview

    Utah State University, located on a suburban campus in Logan, Utah, is a land-grant and space-grant institution. USU was founded in 1888 as Utah’s agricultural college, which focused on agriculture, mechanic arts, and domestic arts. The main campus of USU is located in Logan, and regional campuses are located in Bingham City, Tooele and Uintah Basin. USU operates more than 20 distance education centers throughout Utah.

    The school offers programs in liberal arts, business, engineering, natural resource sciences, economics and elementary and secondary education. The academic programs at USU lead to bachelor's, master'sd and doctoral degrees and are housed in the following colleges: 

    • School of Graduate Studies
    • Caine College of the Arts
    • College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
    • College of Engineering
    • College of Humanities and Social Sciences
    • College of Science
    • Emma Eccles Jones College of Education & Human Services
    • Jon M. Huntsman School of Business
    • S.J. & Jessie E Quinney College of Natural Resources

    USU has a flexible distance education program that offers degrees and programs that can be completed entirely online from any location that has internet access. Associate, bachelors and masters degrees, certificates, professional education licensure, and professional education endorsements can be earned online.


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