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The graduate certificate in Women's Studies is a free-standing interdisciplinary certificate granted through the Women's Studies Program but also can be pursued as an elective option in conjunction with matriculation for degrees in those programs which authorize elective credit in cognate/related/applied areas outside of the department.

The certificate is interdisciplinary and is available to students who have completed a bachelor's degree as well as those matriculated in graduate programs offered by departments which support the Women's Studies certificate. The following departments/programs are sites for Women's Studies certificates: Art, Educational Foundations, English, Environmental Education, History, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work, Special Education, and Sociology.

The requirements for the nine-credit basic certificate are WMS 500 and two electives. No student should take more than two courses for the certificate in a single department and students matriculated for a degree are encouraged to take other Women's Studies courses outside their own department. The elective courses are selected in consultation with the student's adviser in the Women's Studies Program and with the student's departmental adviser.

All courses toward the certificate are taken at a graduate level unless special permission is obtained from the Women's Studies adviser and from the departmental adviser.


Students should contact Women's Studies at 203-392-6133 or email for further information about the Graduate Certificate Programs. 

The Advanced Certificate

The advanced certificate has the following additional features: the advanced certificate requires 12 credits of study. For those students matriculated for degrees, the additional three credits for the advanced certificate are earned as a supplement to the number of credits required for their completion of the master's degree. Students would earn their additional three credits by completion of an independent study (WMS 600) or a field experience assignment (WMS 601) under the supervision of their Women's Studies Program adviser(s).