UMass Dartmouth's Women's and Gender Studies Undergraduate Certificate offers students the opportunity to develop a fuller understanding of the position of women in society. Courses draw upon such fields as economics, history, literature, political science, and sociology, as well as feminist thought and methodology.
The Women's and Gender Studies Certificate fosters an active examination of the varying influences upon women's and men's lives such as race, class, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, and age. The program provides students with an opportunity to:
- Think about the construction and influences of gender in contemporary society
- Discover the historical factors that have shaped the current status of women from varying backgrounds and countries
- Explore paths to achieve equality for all people
The Goals of the Program are for students to:
- Understand the historical, social, and political contexts of women's movements and feminist thought
- Understand feminist theories and apply them in critiquing and transforming their world
- Connect the women's movements and feminist theory to other social justice movements and theories
WMS courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences teach students to:
- Identify and evaluate the social construction of gender and the ways gender intersects with other forms of identity
- Understand the gendering of our socioeconomic and political worlds and the individual and collective components of social change
- Identify, compare, and evaluate culturally and historically specific ideas of gender, sex, and sexuality
- Apply a critical feminist perspective to the study of literature and the arts
ALABAMA, ARKANSAS, KANSAS, MARYLAND, and MINNESOTA RESIDENTS:UMass Dartmouth does not presently consider applications for online degree or certificate programs from applicants whose permanent residence is in Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Maryland or Minnesota because of the regulations resulting from legislation in these states. For details about regulations in your state that may affect your enrollment in an online program offered by another state, you may wish to consult your state's Department of Education and/or learn about efforts of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements at http://nc-sara.org/. If you are a resident of Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Maryland, or Minnesota, UMass Dartmouth welcomes your application to a face-to-face program only.