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Certificate in: Women and Gender Studies

Program Details

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.


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.

Accreditation & Licensing

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities