Women’s Studies Certificate

The Women Studies Certificate is managed by Marshall University’s Women’s Studies Program. For more information, please contact:

Director of Women’s Studies
Dr. Laura Michele Diener
Harris Hall 107

About the Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies

A graduate certificate in Women’s Studies brings together advanced formal study for students who have undergraduate degrees in Women’s Studies and related fields. This certificate also provides an educational dimension for working professionals in many fields.

The Women’s Studies Certificate at Marshall University offers an interdisciplinary perspective for graduate students as it places emphasis on the study of women’s past and present position in society. The purpose of the program is to develop and coordinate an Interdisciplinary curriculum, and to support critical research which takes into account various beliefs about gender, race, class, and sexuality. The program supports and sponsors both on and off campus events relevant to women’s social, cultural and political Issues with a strong sense of commitment to women In the Appalachian region.

This certificate can meet the needs of:

  • Students anticipating graduate work in a professional program.
  • Students anticipating graduate work in an academic field.
  • Students anticipating graduate work in W omen’s Studies.
  • Students anticipating employment in a field that requires (or would benefit from) a background knowledge of culture and society.
  • Students who want to pursue a knowledge of Women’s Studies for their own interests.

Certificate Curriculum – 18 hours

  • Interdisciplinary Core Classes (6 hours)
    HST 636: Seminar in Women’s History
    A reading and research course in which the student investigates selected topics related to the history of women in America or Europe.
    SOC 655: Feminist Social Theory
    Diverse theoretical perspectives on the origins and nature of gender, inequality. Emphasis on contemporary debates and their political implications.
  • Electives (9 hours)Examples of classes (3 hrs. credit):
    • ART 504: Iconography of Mary
    • A&S: 600: Brush and Pen: Women and the Arts
    • CJ 506: Race, Ethnicity , and Gender
    • CL 560: Ancient Goddess Religions
    • COUN 616: Domestic Violence
    • COUN 620: Issues in Counseling Women
    • CULS 620: Women, Men and Cultural Change
    • EDF 631: Gender and Education
    • ENG 521: American Literature to 1830
    • HST 517: Nineteenth Century US W omen’ s History
    • HST 518: T wentieth Century US Women’ s History
    • JMC 555: Women, Minorities, and Media
    • PSC 519: Women and Political Thought
    • PSC 542: Politics of Welfare
    • SOC 555: Sociology of Sex and Gender
    • LS 780: Gender and Leadership
  • Capstone Experience (3 hours)
    HUMN 680: Independent Research Seminar.
    This research colloquium affords students the opportunity to complete independent research under the guidance of faculty mentors teaching in the certificate program. Seminar meetings allow students to share research and examine issues arising from theresearch. Thecompletedresearchissharedinapublic symposium.

Enrollment Information

  •  B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • Application to Marshall University Graduate College and to the certificate program
    Note: Students who wish to pursue degree and certificate programs concurrently should complete the application to the degree program.
  • Transfer credit: 6 hours maximum
  • Graduate courses in Women’s Studies taken at Marshall University within the last two years may be counted toward the certificate.
  • “The program was an incredible asset to my personal and professional growth, it allowed me to understand core concepts of humanities and a solid foundation to apply them and utilize public humanities. When people asked me in what area I was getting my M.A., their next question was invariably what will I do with a Humanities degree. My answer to that was/is anything my heart and mind desires to create: this is the gift of the Graduate Humanities Program, that if you can create it, it can be a reality. The field is wide open for those with backgrounds in liberal arts, and with diverse life experiences such as mine.” (Gabriella Williamson ’12)

  • “One thing in particular I found valuable while in the program was the intellectual challenge it offered through instruction, but also through those involved and fellow students. The program offered the means by which I could learn to look beyond analysis and the process of breaking things down and to consider meaning and experience as relevant to understanding anything. The term ‘lifelong learning’ gets thrown around quite a bit by various disciplines — to get a job, to get a degree, etc.; however, it seems that it is only within humanities that the term is committed as part of the essence of being human.” (Renae Bonnett ’11)

  • “It is most difficult to put into words…the program helped me not only academically but culturally. It was truly enriching and helped me fit in by getting to know the region and the people. I also valued getting to know the teachers and my classmates.” (Antonio Jiménez-Góngora ’10)

  • “The Marshall Humanities Program revitalized my faith in education. Yes, I realize that sounds cliché. Overly romanticized. But it’s completely true. In the Humanities Program, people weren’t concerned with the competitiveness of academia- they were concerned with me and my goals. I have never felt more encouraged in my academic pursuits. I also met a diverse group of people. Vastly intelligent. A well-traveled bartender with a love for Dostoyevsky. A computer-savvy servicewoman. A PR rep. Teachers, students, parents, retail workers. I grew so much in my understanding of the diverse human experience through listening to others tell their life stories.  All coming together for the same goal. Much like the humanities themselves. I learned about the importance of connections across the disciplines. How it’s less important for your writing to sound smart than it is for it to be written clearly. I am currently employed at a local historic house because of connections I made through the program. I also am in the last stages of getting my teaching certification. If I hadn’t gotten my MA in Humanities, I definitely would not be where I am now. I would not have regained my faith in the educational process and would not have continued. It is a learning experience that has forever changed my life.” (Ashley Clark ’10)