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Certificate in Women's Studies

Requirements for a Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Women's Studies

For students admitted before Fall 2011 or after Fall 2013


A student receiving a Post-bac Certificate in Women's Studies must complete three areas in the program consisting of 40 credits:


Four Courses from the WS Core Curriculum - 16 credits


Experiential Learning (Practicum) - 8 credits

This part of the curriculum provides students with the opportunity to connect knowledge from the classroom to experience in community service activities. Students earn credits by working with community or campus organizations which serve women and/or focus on social justice issues.

  • WS 409 Practicum (6 credits)

  • WS 411 Experiental Learning Seminar (2 credits)

Click here for more information about Practicum, including current forms and opportunities.


Approved Electives - 16 credits (minimum of 12 upper division)

In meeting the 16 elective credits requirement, students may take a maximum of 12 credits in any one academic area (arts and letters, science, social science) and 4 credits in lower division courses.

Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) are not acceptable toward fulfilling Certificate requirements with the following exceptions: one women's studies elective course, WS 404 Cooperative Education/Internship, WS 409 Practicum.


Download the Women's Studies Certificate academic worksheet for students admitted Fall 2011 through Summer 2013.


Department of Education Required Certificate Program Information Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Studies Post bac Cert.pdf


For more information or academic advising contact the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (503)725-3516 or visit our advising page for more information.