Women of Color Feminisms, Certificate

(Code 485-603)

For advising, contact the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

The Certificate in Women of Color Feminisms is designed for students who have a strong interest in learning about the experiences of women of color but are not able to complete the requirements for a major or minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Students will explore Women of Color Feminisms as a field, a framework, and a method rooted in Women of Color work that examines systems of power with a focus on gender and racial justice.

 Minimum of 15 credits with at least 6 credits at the 300-level or above. 

Core Requirements
WGSS 100Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies3
WGSS 315Women of Color Feminisms3
Elective Options
Choose three of the following courses:
Indigenous Theory and Methodologies
Women and Economic Development
Topics in World/Postcolonial Literature (only when topic addresses Women of Color Feminisms)
Studies in Women's Literature (only when topic addresses Women of Color Feminisms)
Seminar in World/Postcolonial Literature (only when topic addresses Women of Color Feminisms)
Seminar in Women's Literature (only when topic addresses Women of Color Feminisms)
American Women's History
Intersectionality: Critical Approaches to Identity and Injustice
Black Psychology
Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
African-American Feminism in the Humanities
Transgender Activism and Cultural Production
Transnational Feminism
Black Feminist and Black Queer Studies

Note 1: Courses cannot be counted in both the major and the certificate program.

Note 2: Though there are no prerequisites for the Women of Color Feminisms Certificate, there may be prerequisites for some of the courses that are a part of the Certificate.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Explain the social workings of power, privilege and oppression across a range of cultures and experiences.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a range of feminist, queer, and critical race theories and methodologies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use transnational feminist frameworks to critically analyze power and systems of oppression in a globalizing world.