Feminist Studies - Certificate
The Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies at the University of New Hampshire is designed to provide students with an opportunity to pursue feminist scholarship within a structured, interdisciplinary curriculum. The Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies can be earned by students enrolled in a Graduate Degree Program, or as a stand-alone certificate for those who have completed their Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution.
The Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies enables students to develop specific skills for use in their own personal and professional development by providing tools such as feminist theoretical frameworks and an understanding of contemporary feminist activism. The Feminist Studies Graduate Certificate also enables students to conduct research in the areas of critical Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and centrally relies on analyses from such fields as critical race, ethnicity, nationality, class, age, religion, and disability studies.
The faculty of the Women's Studies program will act as advisors to students pursuing the certificate, helping to plan and facilitate an individualized course of study that fulfills student's academic, professional, and research needs. The certificate provides students a concentrated inquiry in advanced Feminist Studies that is supplemental to their disciplinary training, thereby qualifying them for positions requiring such expertise. In addition, it is an added component to graduate studies that informs and enriches careers, activism, and professional networks.
The Graduate Certificate in Feminist Studies is intended to serve the needs of both students who are matriculated in a graduate program and non-degree students who are interested in developing specific knowledge in the areas of feminist theory, critical women’s, gender, and sexuality studies as well as feminist methodologies. There are three specific audiences:
- Current and future UNH graduate students from a variety of M.A. and Ph.D. programs who would like to connect their area of study to feminist theory and critical women’s, sexuality, and gender studies, gain specific knowledge and skills in Feminist Studies and graduate with an additional, demonstrable credential;
- UNH graduates with bachelor’s degrees, who may or may not have majored or minored in Women’s Studies, whose career paths have led them to seek more knowledge and skills in feminist theory and critical women’s, gender, and sexuality studies in order to gain a deeper understanding of the issues involved in their current job and/or to pursue advancement in their field;
- Members of the community or residents of the greater Seacoast region who hold a bachelor’s or graduate degree who are interested in connecting their previous areas of study or current intellectual or political interests with the aspects of feminist theory and critical women’s, gender, and sexuality studies by pursuing additional knowledge and skills in these areas.
Please visit the the Graduate School Website for detailed instructions about applying for the graduate certificate program.
Current Semester Course Offerings
This graduate certificate program requires 12 total credits
WS 832: Feminist Theory
WS 898: Colloquium in Feminist Studies
Students will be advised by the certificate program director and other participating faculty members about which electives might be most appropriate and consistent with their interests and career goals. The list of approved electives affords students opportunities to focus on particular areas of feminist or to seek the acquire additional methodological skills and disciplinary approaches in areas such as policy analysis or economics. Other electives offered by the University of New Hampshire graduate programs may be approved by the Feminist Studies certificate program director.
WS 896: Applied/Teaching-related Practicum
WS 897: Internship/Practicum/Research (this course can be repeated with instructor permission)
EDUC 932 - Society and Culture: Contemporary Issues in Counseling
EDUC 950 - Research in Culture, Behavior, and Development
EDUC 818 - Critical Social Justice in and Beyond Education
ENGL 897 - Special Studies in Literature (Queer Theory)
ENGL 914 - Special Topics in Composition and Rhetoric (B) Gender & Writing
ENGL 922 - Advanced Topics in Literacy Instruction (B) Gender and Literacy
ENGL 927 - Seminar: Feminist Criticism Theory and Practice
ENGL 935 - Studies in American Literature: Recent Women's Memoir/Autobiography and Theory
ENGL 974 – Literary Modernisms
HDFS 857 - Race, Class, Gender, and Families
HIST 865 - Themes in Women's History
HIST 897 – Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome
MGT 798 – Women in Leadership
POLT 821 - Feminist Political Theory
POLT - Women in the Political Economy
PPOL 902- Strategy and Practice of Public Policy
PPOL 912- Strategies for Policy Impact
SOC 876 - Family Violence Research Seminar
SPAN 897 - Topics in Hispanic Literature and Cultural Studies (courses varied)
SPAN 898 - Topics in Hispanic Linguistics and Cultural Studies (courses varied)
SW 801 - Women & Aging