Certificate Program

The Certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is designed for doctoral students in other departments at Emory. Graduate students must obtain consent from their advisor before beginning the program, which constitutes the equivalent of one of the student's fields for the doctorate. Students are strongly encouraged to begin the program by their second year. A Certificate Declaration Form (see Appendix VII) must be completed and submitted to the WGSS Graduate Program Coordinator when entering the program. Please note all courses to be counted toward the certificate must be taken for a letter grade.

All certificate students are required to take either:

  • WGS 751 Feminist Theory
  • WGS 752 Queer Theory

Students who declared their intent to pursue the WGSS certificate prior to fall 2017 were required to take WGS 700: Proseminar instead of Feminist or Queer Theory. These students may choose to switch to the new requirements (Feminist or Queer Theory) or remain under the old requirements (Proseminar). For any other courses to satisfy the theory requirement, students must get approval from the DGS prior to taking the course. Students unsure of the appropriate courses may consult the DGS.

  • Three (3) other WGSS graduate courses (12 hours total). These may be WGS courses or courses cross-listed with WGSS. Courses relating to women or women's issues which do not have WGS course numbers must be approved by the WGSS DGS. A syllabus should be submitted with the request for approval.
  • An interdisciplinary paper, which may develop out of a research paper for a course and which should be about the length of a publishable article (20-30pp). This paper is typically approved by a member of the Core or Associated WGSS Faculty (a dissertation chapter may be submitted in lieu of an interdisciplinary paper.)
  • Attendance at four events (i.e. research workshops or major lectures, etc.) over the course of one academic year.*
To declare a certificate in WGS, PhD students should visit the certificate declaration page of Laney Graduate School's website. Students will fill out the "Certificate Declaration Signature Form" and email it to DGS for approval. Once the DGS approves and signs the form, the Graduate Program Coordinator will scan and email it back to the student to upload using the Student Online Action Form. The form is then routed to the student's home department for approval and onto Laney Graduate School.
*In order to get credit for attending an event, students must submit to the Graduate Program Coordinator a one-paragraph summary including a header which contains the student's name, event title, event location, and event date. Submissions will be reviewed and validated by the Director of Graduate Studies and will be stored in student files maintained by the department as part of the record of completion of the certificate. Students may choose to submit four summaries at once or to send them in one at a time as they are completed. If a student is considering attending an event but is unsure about its eligibility for this requirement, he or she is responsible for contacting the Graduate Program Coordinator to find out whether or not the event qualifies.