Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Requirements for BU Law Students.

The Graduate Certificate in WGS will require four courses focused on women, gender, and/or sexuality.

1. A WGS Program graduate course centrally concerned with feminist, gender, and/or queer theories and methodologies:
GRS WGS 801, Theories and Methods in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, currently offered every spring.

 2. One of the interdisciplinary, team-taught courses offered by the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies.

3. Two courses centrally concerned with women, gender, and/or sexuality from offerings in graduate programs across the university. The following course are approved for WGS Graduate Credit but are not offered every semester. New seminars are frequently offered so please write to if you are interested in a course not on this list.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

GRS AN 744: Modern Japanese Society: Family, School, and Workplace
GRS AN 720: Women in the Muslim World
GRS EN 676: Gender in Literature and Film
GRS EN 726: Seventeenth-Century Women Writers
GRS EN 775: Issues in Gender and Sexuality Studies
GRS EN 776: Performing Gender in the Twentieth-Century
GRS HI 813: Gender in Medieval Christian Mysticism
GRS HI 875: A History of Women in the United States
GRS LF 860: Gender and Nineteenth-Century French Literature
GRS LS 850: Women Painters and Writers in Latin America
GRS PH 636: Gender, Race, and Science
GRS PS 572: The Psychology of Women
GRS PS 790: Family Theory and Research
GRS RN 637: Gender and Judaism
GRS RN 735: Women, Gender, and Islam
GRS RN 753: Topics in Religion and Sexuality
GRS SO 803: Seminar: Gender Stratification
GRS SO 852: Contemporary Debates in Sexualities Research
GRS SO 820: Graduate Study in Women and Social Change in the Developing World

College of Communications

COM FT 721: LGBT Representation
COM FT 721: Gender and Horror
COM FT 721: Women and Film

Law School
JD 731: Critical Race Theory
JD 787: Crime and Punishment: Philosophical Perspectives
JD 966: Gender, Law and Policy Colloquium
JD 829: Domestic Violence
JD 814: Family Law
JD 834: Employment Discrimination and Employment Law
JD 947: Sex Crimes
JD 957: Law and Sexual Minorities
JD 990: Feminist Jurisprudence

School of Public Health

SPH EP 775: Social Epidemiology
SPH GH 735: Gender, Sexuality, Power, and Inequity in Global Health
SPH GH 753 (2cr): Beyond Reproductive Health; International Women’s Health
SPH GH 766: Sexual and Reproductive Health in Disaster Settings
SPH GH 795: Global AIDS Epidemic: Social & Economic Determinants, Impact, & Responses
SPH MC 705: Safer Sex in the City: From Science to Policy
SPH MC 785 (2 cr): Introduction to Reproductive Health Advocacy
SPH MC 815: Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocacy: Science, Values, and Politics
SPH MC 840:  Women and Health Policy: Gender, Evidence, and Politics
SPH SB 807: Health of LGBT Populations

4. Pedagogical workshop:

Certificate candidates must participate at least once in an annual pedagogical workshop to be organized by the Director of Graduate Studies. This workshop will supplement the pedagogical training graduate students receive in their home departments by focusing on the specific challenges and opportunities graduate students face when incorporating gender analysis into their teaching.

If interested in starting a workshop, email Anthony Petro –

5. WGS Symposium Series: The WGS Program occasionally sponsors a Graduate Symposium Series ranging in topics and formats. Students have workshopped seminar papers and dissertation chapters, given practice job talks and conference presentations, and discussed films, lectures, and readings. Participation in the Series is voluntary.

If interested in starting a symposium, email Anthony Petro –

Admissions standards

Students interested in earning a Graduate Certificate in WGS must be accepted into a graduate program at BU and be in good standing. The program in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies will not admit students for the Graduate Certificate alone.

Certificate candidates must complete the online Application Form and the GSAS Certificate Completion Form.

Check out the BU article about the WGS certificate