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Women’s Studies Certificate

This 21-credit certificate is designed for students majoring in areas of study outside the College of Liberal Arts. Through this certificate program, you’ll gain an understanding of the major concepts of feminist critical analysis and how gender is socially and historically constructed. You’ll also learn about the history and importance of feminist thought and activism throughout the world.

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Program Highlights

  • An understanding of gender in both historical and contemporary contexts
  • Knowledge regarding the intersections of gender with race, nationality, class, sexuality, and disability
  • The development of expert critical-thinking, problem-solving, speaking, and communication skills
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  • A prestigious Purdue education



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Requirements and Curriculum Overview

Our comprehensive curriculum and diverse requirements will challenge you to go further than you ever imagined. Check out what you can expect as you advance through our program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, students will be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  • Understand the major concepts of feminist critical analysis, including gender, race, class, sexuality, nationality, ability, and age, and the complexities of their intersections
  • Understand how gender is socially and historically constructed; how it relates to systems of power, privilege, and oppression; and how it impacts women’s lives
  • Be aware of the history and importance of feminist thought and activism in the United States and around the globe
  • Be aware of the diversity of women’s experiences, roles, and contributions to society and culture
  • Demonstrate effective reading, speaking, writing, and critical-thinking skills through the work they complete in women’s studies courses
  • Apply feminist perspectives to a range of issues and engage in critical debates or areas of contention within feminism and across disciplines