Jul 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Women’s and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate

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Academic Requirements

The graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies requires 15 credit hours (five courses), distributed as follows:

Advanced Feminist Theory (3 Credit Hours)

The advanced feminist theory course. The course includes “classic” literature from feminist, womanist and mujerista perspectives and addresses current theoretical issues across several disciplines. Offered in the fall term of every even-numbered year, it is team-taught by faculty associated with Dedman College, the Perkins School of Theology and the Dedman School of Law.

Elective Courses (12 Credit Hours)

Four additional courses relevant to the intent of the certificate. Students typically take four courses in their area of graduate studies with content appropriate to the certificate as documented by the syllabus and subject to the director’s approval. Examples of eligible courses include:

Additional Requirements

Students must also complete a major research project or a supervised internship in a setting that addresses issues relevant to the intent of the program. This project should be included in the program plan (see the Admission Requirements  section).

For Ph.D. students, the project normally involves an article-length research paper written for coursework; however, if relevant it could include a performance, internship, exhibit or other project approved by the appropriate adviser. Supervised internship settings for Perkins Master of Divinity students will require a learning goal for women’s studies, and it shall be done in consultation with the Perkins Internship Office.


  • Students in Dedman School of Law and Perkins School of Theology are encouraged to petition the director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program for credit in their own departments for graduate courses, including independent studies courses, in which they engage in study appropriate to the intent of the certificate. Appropriate courses taken during matriculation at SMU, but prior to enrollment in the certificate program, may count toward program hours. Students in Dedman School of Law should consult the Law School’s adviser for the program about appropriate courses.

Total: 15 Credit Hours

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