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).


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, and Sexuality: Each semester, the Consortium offers two or three graduate seminars taught by at least two faculty members from different disciplines and different institutions

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

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GRS)

  • GRS PH 636 Gender, Race, and Science
  • GRS RN 754 Sexuality and Religion in the U.S.
  • GRS RN 753 Topics in Religion and Sexuality
  • GRS SO 803 Seminar: Gender Stratification
  • GRS SO 852 Contemporary Debates in Sexualities Research

       School of Law (LAW)

  • LAW JD 814 Family Law
  • LAW JD 966 Gender, Law and Policy Colloquium

       School of Public Health (SPH)

  • SPH EP 759 Reproductive Epidemiology
  • SPH EP 775 Social Epidemiology
  • SPH GH 735 Gender, Sexuality, Power & Inequity in International Health
  • SPH GH 766 Reproductive & Sexual Health in Disaster Settings
  • SPH GH 795 Global AIDS Epidemic: Social & Economic Determinants, Impact & Responses

* 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.

4. Participate in at least one pedagogical workshop per year: Bi-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.