New graduate certificate investigates role of gender in society

December 10, 2012 | News, UToday, — Languages, Literature and Social Sciences, Graduate Studies
By Brian Purdue

Beginning spring semester, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies will offer a new graduate certificate that provides an in-depth exploration of the sociocultural, economic and political implications of gender, race, class, ability, sexuality and power relations — past, present and cross-culturally.

This new certificate will allow for graduate students to investigate the significance and consequences of gender as a cultural category that shapes individuals and communities.

Faculty members in the department have expertise in areas of women’s and gender studies coupled with literature, education, cultural studies, disability studies, film, digital media and law, according to Charlene Gilbert, professor and chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Affiliated faculty members in other departments include scholars in history, sociology, political science, English, economics, foreign languages, communication, anthropology and philosophy.

The goal of the certificate program is to offer a formal program of study for graduate students who seek to include women’s and gender studies as a specific area of concentration; it is designed to accommodate both full-time and part-time graduate students.

The certificate consists of 15 credit hours of graduate study, including evening, hybrid and online courses that will involve the students in interdisciplinary research and training that is focused on issues and topics in women’s and gender studies.

Those also interested in completing a master’s degree can apply the graduate certificate toward a master of liberal studies degree.

For more information about the certificate program, contact Gilbert at 419.530.2233 or Read more about the Women’s and Gender Studies Department.

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