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Certificate in Gender & Women's Studies

Cross-Disciplinary Certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies

Designed for students with no previous exposure to gender and women's studies, this certificate offers a survey into issues and themes in the field. The program invites you to explore the lives and experiences of women, historically and cross-culturally, and to critically examine the social, political and economic institutions shaping women’s lives.

Current York students may complete the requirements of the certificate while they pursue degrees in other York programs. The certificate program is also open to students who have already completed a university degree program. Applicants without prior university education may apply to be admitted to the direct-entry certificate program through York University’s mature student application process.

REQUIREMENTS - 24 credits (effective FW16/17)

  • AP/GL GWST 1501 9.00/1502 6.00/Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies
  • AP/GL Any 2nd year 2000 level GWST course (6 credits)
  • AP/GL Any 3rd or 4th year core or non-core GWST course (6 credits)
  • AP/GL GWST 3555 6.00/3556 6.00/Genealogies of Feminist Theorizing

Core courses: The core courses are offered by the Gender and Women's Studies program and, like the required courses, have the second digit five (5) in the course number, e.g. GWST 1502 6.00.

Non-core courses (courses offered by other teaching units): Non-core courses may be acceptable for program credit or cross-listed with the Gender and Women's Studies program. These courses will count towards the certificate requirements in gender and women's studies. Please consult the School of Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies website for course listings. Note that credits used toward another program’s major or minor may also be used towards the certificate.

For purposes of meeting certificate requirements, all nine-credit general education (Foundation) courses will count as six credits towards the certificate.

Graduating with a certificate: Except where otherwise stated, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 4.00 is required to satisfy certificate requirements. Students must also submit an application to graduate from a certificate program. Applications should be obtained from and filed with the unit administering the certificate program. Transcript notation that the requirements for a certificate have been completed will be made once the Registrar's Office has received notice from the unit administering the program. Certificates will not be conferred until candidates have successfully completed an undergraduate degree program if they are simultaneously enrolled in a degree and a certificate program. The Faculty does not award certificates retroactively. Refer to the academic standards section for details of the undergraduate certificate minimum standards.