Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Certificate

College of Arts and Humanities
2101 Woods Hall
Phone: 301-405-6827

Department Chair: Neda Atanasoski, Ph.D.

See Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department for faculty roster.

The Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Certificate Program offers a flexible, intersectional and interdisciplinary curriculum that centers the study of structural inequity, as grounded in hierarchies of gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, and ability. The interdisciplinary nature of the certificate makes it an excellent supplement to a wide cross-section of majors at the University of Maryland. WGSS Certificate students use their certificate to pursue careers in a wide range of areas, including non-profit management, social justice advocacy, law, health-related fields, student affairs, and government and public policy. Any student in good standing may enroll in the certificate program by declaring their intention to the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Students will design their programs in consultation with the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies advisor. For additional information, or to initiate the process of declaring the certificate, please contact the undergraduate advisor at wgss@umd.edu or 301-405-6827. Students are advised to meet with the department advisor to add the certificate by the time they have reached 75 credits, if not before. 

To qualify for a certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, a student will be required to earn 21 credits in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses, twelve of which must be at the 3xx/4xx level. No more than nine credits that are applied toward a major may be included in the certificate program. No more than nine credit hours may be taken at institutions other than the University of Maryland. Each student must obtain a grade of "C-" or better in each course that is to be counted toward the certificate. An overall GPA of 2.0 in the certificate is required for graduation. A list of courses offered can be found here: https://wgss.umd.edu/academic-programs/courses. Of the 21 credits, courses must be distributed as follows:

Course Title Credits
Foundation Courses:
One of the following courses:3
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
Introduction to WGSS: Gender, Power, and Society
Introduction to WGSS: Art and Culture
Introduction to Black Women's Studies
Bodies in Contention
WGSS302Feminist, Critical Race, and Queer Theories3
Capstone Course3
Senior Seminar
Seminar in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
Any 400-level course from thematic concentrations
Thematic Concentration 112
Total Credits21

Thematic concentrations:

  • Social Justice
  • Transnational Politics and Perspectives
  • Race, Ethnicity and Class
  • Bodies, Genders and Sexualities
  • Arts, Technologies, and Cultural Production
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies
  • Student Designed

Consult the department for eligible courses in each area.