Gain a better understanding of the complex issues around gender, sex, social inequality,
and power dynamics.
A certificate in Women and Gender Studies from UND helps you stand out and empowers
you to reach your goals and make a difference.
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Why earn a certificate in Women and Gender Studies?
Women and Gender Studies at the University of North Dakota is an interdisciplinary
program that combines coursework from the traditional disciplines with in-depth exploration
of gender and women's studies.
Whether you are interested in pursuing one of the growing job opportunities in diversity
and inclusion or you want to add this expertise to your credentials to make yourself
stand out, a certificate in Women and Gender Studies will set you up for success.
Our classes examine the complex interaction of gender with other elements of human
difference, including race, class, religion, ethnicity, age, ability and nationality.
Topics of study include:
The politics of sexuality
Gender and pop culture
Women's achievements and their contributions to history and the contemporary world
The performance of femininity and masculinity
Power dynamics and the effects on the body
Sexual minorities and LGBTQ+ identity and experience
The influence of gender in the shaping of personal identity, the family and public
Whatever your field of study or future goals, gender is always relevant and greater
understanding will give you an edge. Draw from a broad range of allied disciplines
and customize your studies to meet your academic and career goals.
Women and Gender Studies Certificate at UND
Get involved with social justice groups on campus.
Learn more about gender issues through our film series and guest lectures.
Raise your grades by getting free academic support at UND. We offer individual tutoring
sessions, along with specialized writing and math support programs.
Meet important thinkers in the field through the Red River Women's Studies Conference,
which UND has hosted every 2 -3 years for more than a decade.
What to do with a women and gender studies certificate?
Projected job growth for health educators and community health workers
A certificate in Women and Gender Studies sets you up for success in any profession
you choose, because you'll have the skills that employers value — like critical thinking
and analysis, research, communication, and presentation. You'll also have a deep understanding
of marginalized communities, giving you valuable insights and perspectives.
Women and Gender Studies graduates go on to a variety of fields, including:
Counseling and psychology
Entrepreneurship and business
Human rights and victim advocacy
Journalism and digital media production
Law, including sexual/civil rights law
Medicine, nursing and midwifery
Women and Gender Studies Courses
WGS 200. Introduction to Gender Studies. 3 Credits.
An interdisciplinary introduction to the processes by which gender is socially constructed, in relation to sex and sexuality. This course will provide the tools to analyze the complex intersections of gender with other categories like race, ability, class, and religion and understand how they affect the circulation of power. Students will reflect on their identity and experiences, and how these concepts shape our lives and our world. This class will engage with pressing social issues and influential cultural representations, norms, practices, and institutions. F,S,SS.
WGS 225. The Study of Women. 3 Credits.
An introduction to the study of women as subjects of scholarly inquiry, with emphasis on transnational feminism and assessments of women's contributions around the globe. The course will provide an interdisciplinary focus on the central issues and questions posed by the new scholarship on women, and introduce students to the perspectives and methodologies of a variety of disciplines. F,S,SS.
CJ 302. Women, Crime, and Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.
This class will explore the changing roles of women as offenders, as victims, and as professionals in the criminal justice system. Attention will be directed toward empirical findings, conflict theory insights, and the feminist perspective within the discipline. The basic goal of this course is to respectfully enhance understanding of the importance of gender equality within the field of criminal justice and to encourage self-examination of habitual modes of thinking and acting. Prerequisite: CJ 201, CJ 210, CJ 220, and CJ 270; or WGS major/minor. S.
SOC 340. Sociology of Gender. 3 Credits.
This course is a sociological exploration of how gender dynamics have changed across time and vary globally. How gender creates barriers and opportunities - for both men and women - across multiple facets of social life is emphasized. S.
HIST 333. Women in Modern America. 3 Credits.
How did women experience and shape American history and the United States as we know it today? This course explores the social, political, and economic lives of American women from diverse cultural backgrounds from the rise of the "New Woman" in the late 19th century to the present. Using gender, race, class, and culture as analytical lenses reveals the struggles and victories of women, as well as their individual and collective influence on the broader society. S, even years.
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