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Women's and Gender Studies, Certificate

College of Arts and Sciences

Study women, gender, sexuality and diversity in an established, interdisciplinary program. Earn a stand-alone graduate certificate credential, or combine it with an advanced degree.

Students who are interested in feminism, LGBTQ studies, social justice, health and reproductive politics gain knowledge through a faculty researching the ways inequalities shape decisions and experiences. Explore opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship, professional development and community involvement.

Program Highlights

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    Make an Impact

    Broaden your understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, women's well-being and health.

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    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Customize courses from around the university to complement your professional interests and goals.

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    Grow Your Network

    Earn a credential while expanding your network to include scholarly and activist communities nationwide.

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    Awards Available

    Take advantage of teaching and research assistantships available for qualified applicants from any discipline.

What You’ll Study

Complete 18 credit hours in required and elective graduate courses. Apply feminist theory and methods in scholarly and community work. Examine the intersections of gender, race, class and additional categories of social difference. Engage with the profession locally and in the larger community. Teaching and research assistantships are available.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Advocacy

    Promoting or defending a cause or issue often using awareness, education and policy change

    Cultural Awareness

    Learning about and respecting diverse cultures and beliefs

    Examine Evidence

    Gathering and analyzing information for decision-making or problem-solving purposes

  • Leadership

    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential

    Multicultural Awareness

    Understanding cultural variation and adapting behaviors and communication styles accordingly

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Teacher
  • Advocate
  • Community Organizer
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Social Worker

Workplace Settings

  • Education
  • Nonprofits
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Government

I enrolled to learn how to translate my knowledge of gender-related issues into meaningful, change-making strategies. Studying with experts at USC has opened my mindset and allowed me to see the deeper meaning behind social norms, beliefs, behaviors and patterns regarding gender, sex and sexuality.

Atticus Wolfe

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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