Undergraduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

Take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of identity, power and privilege with the 12- credit Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Undergraduate Certificate 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 Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Certificate can enrich your studies and help you form a pathway toward careers in gender, sexuality and women’s studies. 

Classes & Curriculum

Students pursuing the 12-credit 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.

  • Gender in the Cinema
  • Gender, Race, Class and the City
  • LGBTQ Novels of the 21st Century 
  • Men and Masculinities
  • Politics of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Certificates are awarded with the bachelor's degree. This certificate cannot be earned as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.

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

Related Graduate Degrees 

Fieldwork in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

Take your learning experiences beyond the classroom and gain professional knowledge with the Field Work course. In this course, you’ll collaborate with faculty to identify an internship within a social advocacy organization 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.


Program 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. You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.