Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Undergraduate Certificate

Take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of identity, power and privilege with the 12- credit Undergraduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies in Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. Explore the cultural, economic and political factors that form the daily experiences of women and queer communities.

Through the curriculum, you’ll engage in critical studies of gender and sexuality and their intersection with ability, class, gender and race in the U.S. Deepen your critical and analytical thinking skills with rigorous reading and writing coursework, and study the central institutions of gender, including family, sexuality and love, the ideology of femininity, and more. 

Designed for students in majors outside of the College of Liberal Arts, the Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies can enrich your studies and help you develop a career path oriented toward gender, sexuality and women’s studies. 

Classes & Curriculum

Students pursuing the 12-credit Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Undergraduate Certificate choose one of two Introduction to Gender Studies courses, complete the Field Work course and select two electives from a broad range of interdisciplinary courses focused on sexuality, race and diversity. 

Examples of available electives include the following.

  • Politics of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Mass Media and the Black Community
  • Language and Race
  • Latinos, Race and Ethnicity 
  • Social Inequality

Certificates are awarded only at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree and cannot be awarded either as a standalone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.

Learn more about the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Undergraduate Certificate coursework.

Related Graduate Degrees 

Fieldwork in Women’s Studies

Take your learning experiences beyond the classroom and gain professional knowledge with the Fieldwork in Women’s Studies course. In this course, you’ll collaborate with faculty to identify an internship within a social advocacy agency aligned to your field of interest. A minimum of 7.5 hours per week is required for completion of the course, along with a final paper or project.


Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Certificate graduates acquire meaningful hands-on experience during their social advocacy fieldwork and broaden their perspective through identity-based coursework. Contemporary institutions and organizations committed to diversity and inclusion often seek employees qualified to lead in these areas. 

Understanding the ways in which gender and sexuality impact our world can benefit professionals in a variety of fields including 

  • business,
  • education,
  • law,
  • medicine,
  • nonprofit organizations,
  • social work and
  • the arts.

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for this Certificate Program is based on school or college of your major, program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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