Gender and Women’s Studies

Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies


The Gender and Women’s Studies Program at URI offers an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program informed by advanced feminist scholarship and pedagogical principles, designed to enhance the educational background and career opportunities for matriculated graduate students or nonmatriculated postbaccalaureate students.

The certificate program requires 9 credits of graduate work in any field and 6 credits of Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) courses. (These courses may count toward a graduate degree in a field such as psychology, history, or English. Check with an advisor.)

Matriculated graduate students will take 9 credits of graduate study in their program that focuses on women or gender. The 9 credits may take the form of a course such as Women’s History, or A Woman Writer, or Psychology of Women; substantial research focused on women or gender for a course such as Social Psychology, or Special Readings in American History.

Nonmatriculated students may take 9 credits of graduate study in any relevant graduate program or combination of programs (such as communication studies, English, history, human development and family studies, nursing, or psychology), subject to approval by the program director.

Both matriculated and nonmatriculated students will take two graduate level courses to complete the certificate. For further information, contact the director of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program,