Certificate in Women, Gender and Sexuality

Program Learning Outcomes for the Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality

Upon completing the Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of historical and contemporary approaches to the study of women, gender and sexuality across diverse disciplines.
  2. Engage through their intellectual production feminist concepts and methodologies, and features of women’s studies, gender studies, and/or sexuality studies as academic fields.
  3. Incorporate critical debates in the study of women, gender and sexuality in their oral presentations and written analyses, including work for publication and/or use in a dissertation.

Requirements for the Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality

Students pursuing the Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality must complete:

  • A minimum of 3 courses (9 credit hours) to satisfy certificate requirements
  • A minimum of 4 semesters of participation in the SWGS Department Annual Colloquium
  • A dissertation (for the PhD program in which they have been admitted) that in some way features the study of women, gender and/or sexuality2

This certificate is not a freestanding degree program; in addition to fulfilling the certificate requirements outlined below, candidates will be required to complete successfully the degree program to which they have been admitted in order to receive this certificate. Upon completion, the certificate is awarded at the same time as the conferral of the student’s Rice degree, along with a formal notation on their academic transcript.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this certificate. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the certificate’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality9

Certificate Requirements

Core Requirements
SWGS 501FEMINIST DEBATES3
SWGS 502GENDER, THE DISCIPLINES, AND INTERDISCIPLINARITY3
Elective Requirement
Select 1 from the following:3
DIRECTED READING
MEDIEVAL WOMEN WRITERS
SHAKESPEARE AND DIFFERENCE
FEMINIST ECONOMICS
SEX, SELF, AND SOCIETY IN ANCIENT GREECE
SEEING SEX IN EUROPEAN ART, 1400-1700
VICTORIAN FICTION
SWGS 545 / HIST 545
WOMEN AND GENDER: EUROPE AND BEYOND
SPECIAL TOPICS: 20TH CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
SEMINAR IN SOCIOLINGUISTICS
THE KNOWING BODY: BUDDHISM, GENDER, AND THE SOCIAL WORLD
SEXUALITY, SANCTITY, AND PSYCHOANALYSIS
CULTURAL STUDIES: CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE, CULTURE AND POLITICS
READING MATERIAL
POSTCOLONIALISM AND BEYOND
Annual Colloquium (minimum of 4 semesters) 1
Total Credit Hours9

Footnotes and Additional Information

Policies for the Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality

Program Restrictions and Exclusions

Students pursuing this certificate should be aware of the following program restriction:

  • Graduate students may declare their intent to pursue a university certificate only after they have first been admitted into a graduate-level Rice degree-granting program.

Advising

In most cases, students will be able to complete the certificate requirements within the normal time limits for coursework in their PhD program. All students must work out their individual courses of study with the CSWGS director and the graduate advisor in their home departments. Each student’s course of study must be pre-approved by the CSWGS director. Please note that not all courses listed as certificate requirements will be offered every academic year. 

Dissertation Work

Students pursuing the Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality are strongly encouraged to include a member of the SWGS faculty on their dissertation committee and to consult regularly with the faculty member as they pursue their dissertation work.

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

For additional information, please see the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality website: https://cswgs.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality

Colloquium

Students in the Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality program participate in a colloquium consisting of a series of seminars and public lectures over the course of a year, offered annually at Rice and organized by the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality (CSWGS). Colloquium topics are determined by the CSWGS steering committee with a view to highlighting emerging knowledge in gender, sexuality, and women’s studies. The colloquium provides graduate students with the opportunity to engage in sustained intellectual exchange with leading scholars and to participate in producing cutting-edge work in the field. 

Colloquium attendance constitutes an official requirement for the certificate (for more information, see the Requirements tab). Attendance beyond the required minimum is highly encouraged.

Graduate Fellowship Stipend

The Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality awards graduate fellowship stipends, within the limits of available funds, to enrolled certificate students during the prospectus-writing semester. Although timelines vary depending on the student's home department, this normally occurs during the semester following the completion of all required coursework (within the student's home department as well as in the Certificate in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality), and after achieving candidacy in the PhD program.

To receive the fellowship stipend, graduate students will be asked to submit a dissertation proposal (or a 500-word statement with a proposal to follow later) that includes some indication of the ways women, gender, and/or sexuality feature in their project in order for a stipend to be disbursed during the “prospectus semester.”  The Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality will ask for this proposal or statement after the student completes qualifying exams.

Teaching Assistants

Certificate students are eligible to work as teaching assistants for an undergraduate SWGS core course or for a course cross-listed with SWGS. In some cases, certificate students may be eligible to teach a course of their own upon approval of the steering committee.

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this program.