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Online Graduate Certificate In Women's Studies

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Students may earn a 12-credit Advanced Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies through an online program. The 12 credits are earned by taking up to four online courses offered during the academic year. The student does have the option to take classes on campus. Each individual student shall choose among the course offerings according to intellectual and/or professional interests. This program will primarily serve students who are unable to reside and study in the New Haven area for a sustained period of time. It also provides opportunities to local students who are unable to pursue on-ground graduate work in Women's Studies due to work, family, or other obligations or impediments.

The plan of study integrates scholarly inquiry, critical problem-solving methods, professional training, and the development of cooperative leadership skills.

Graduate students may pursue the certificate as an elective option in a graduate degree program or as a free-standing interdisciplinary certificate for individuals holding bachelor's degrees.

In the near future, the following departments and programs will be offering online interdisciplinary graduate courses in Women's Studies:

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Business
  • Educational Foundations
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Library
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Women's Studies

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The Online Advanced Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies requires 12 credits of course work. To encourage interdisciplinary scholarship and learning, the Women's Studies Program requires its certificate students to take no more than two courses in a single academic department. Students matriculated for a master's degree who are pursuing the on-line certificate as an elective option in their graduate degree program must take the three other courses outside their primary discipline. Students select these elective courses with advisors from the Women's Studies Program and the student's home department. All courses are at the graduate level unless the student obtains special permission.

Please contact the Women's Studies Office to request a graduate program admissions packet which contains all of the information and required forms necessary for admission.

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The Women's Studies Program at Southern Connecticut State University

A 35-year-old program, the Women's Studies Program is among the longest-running women's studies programs in the country. It offers an undergraduate women's studies minor (since 1971), a master's degree in women's studies (since 1998), a graduate certificate in women's studies (since 1998), and a new on-ground/on-line graduate certificate in women's studies.

Students in the Women's Studies Program at SCSU have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities with other students, faculty members, community-based organizations, and professional and academic associations. Summer institutes allow graduate students to accelerate their degree/certificate completion.

Women's Studies' extracurricular programming includes "64 Days of Nonviolence" in the spring semester, of which the Women's History Month celebration and the annual Women's Studies graduate student conference are a part. Every fall, the Women's Studies Program hosts an annual conference (since 1991), which draws hundreds of scholars, activists, and students from around the country and the world to the Southern campus. The purpose of the annual conference is to promote intellectual and activist exchanges among academics, community leaders, activists, professionals, and others interested in women's studies issues.

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Why Pursue a WMS OnLine Graduate Certificate?

The online Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies provides a compelling gender, race, and class analysis which can be applied effectively in the workplace. The on-ground component of this new certificate program provides what is often missing in a distance-learning environment and helps the cohort forge a sense of community, an important element in women's studies classroom. The online component affords students the facility to do graduate work with little commute hassle and flexibility of doing course work at times convenient to their schedules. It complements the student's master's degree and offers sophisticated, interdisciplinary, cross-cultural academic training with practical applications for those who choose to seek professional credentialing such as a terminal degree in law and/or intend to pursue a doctorate leading to teaching and advanced research. The certificate program also serves those who have achieved competence in their field as educators, administrators, human resource and health professionals, entrepreneurs, business owners, and all those who wish to integrate the theory and practice of women's studies into their profession. It is also suitable for students seeking personal enrichment.

The women's studies classroom is a unique environment encouraging active student participation in the learning process. The goal of women's studies pedagogy is to generate knowledge from the shared resources of the students under the guidance of the instructor.

We invite you to explore the options offered by the on-line Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies at Southern Connecticut State University and hope that you will visit us and see for yourself the vibrant, intellectual women's studies community at SCSU!

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Contact Us

The Online Women's Studies Graduate Certificate Program Coordinators:
Yi-Chun Tricia Lin,
Director/Associate Professor of Women's Studies

The Women's Studies Program
(203) 392-6133

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