Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies (WGS) prepares students enrolled in graduate programs across the University to conduct research and develop innovative courses in the vibrant, interdisciplinary fields of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Students interested in earning a Graduate Certificate in WGS must be in good standing in their graduate program at Boston University and fulfill the requirements listed below as well as those of their degree program. The certificate is awarded under the auspices of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS).

Certificate requirements for BU law students can be found here.


1. GRS WS 801 Theories and Methods in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

2. One of the interdisciplinary, team-taught courses offered by the Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women & Sexuality: Each semester, the consortium offers two to three graduate seminars taught by faculty members from different disciplines and different institutions

3. Two courses centrally concerned with international examinations of women, gender, or sexuality from offerings in graduate programs across Boston University, such as the following*:

College of Arts & Sciences

  • CAS AN 530 Global Intimacies
  • CAS PO 516 Gender & Politics
  • CAS PO 594 Historical Traditions of Feminist Theory
  • CAS PS 572 The Psychology of Women

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS)

  • GRS AN 720 Women in the Muslim World
  • GRS AN 744 Modern Japanese Society: Family, School, and Workplace
  • GRS EN 676 Gender in Literature and Film
  • GRS EN 726 Seventeenth-Century Women Writers
  • GRS EN 774 Lecture-Performances, Poetic Essays, and other Generic Monsters
  • 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 790 Family Theory and Research
  • GRS RN 637 Gender and Judaism
  • GRS RN 735 Women, Gender, and Islam
  • GRS SO 803 Seminar: Gender Stratification
  • GRS SO 820 Graduate Study in Women and Social Change in the Developing World
  • GRS SO 852 Contemporary Debates in Sexualities Research
  • GRS WS 699 Teaching College Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

School of Law (LAW)

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

School of Public Health (SPH)

  • SPH EP 775 Social Epidemiology
  • SPH GH 735 Gender, Sexuality, Power, and Inequity in Global Health
  • SPH GH 753 Beyond Reproductive Health; International Women’s Health (2 cr)
  • 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 Introduction to Reproductive Health Advocacy (2 cr)
  • 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

* This is a small sample of eligible courses. Other courses may be applied to the Graduate Certificate with permission of the Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Director of Graduate Studies PRIOR to enrolling in the course. Substitutions are granted on a case-by-case basis and requests to the Director MUST include a copy of the course syllabus for the course for proper consideration.

4. Participate in at least one pedagogical workshop: Annual workshops 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. Scheduling information for workshops, which typically occur mid-spring, can be found on the WGS website.