Gender and Sexuality Studies Cluster and Certificate Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.

Cluster

Students in the Interdisciplinary Cluster Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies complete two foundational classes (typically one in feminist theory and the other in sexuality studies) designed to provide students with broad theoretical and methodological training in the wider field. These courses should be chosen from the core curriculum offered by permanent GSS faculty.  The DGS can advise incoming or current students about which courses belong to the current “core” and answer questions about classes that best suit the individual student’s needs.

Students also complete the following requirements:

  • One additional graduate course from core courses or others taught by Gender and Sexuality Studies faculty, or from a wide menu of cross-listed courses in other graduate programs approved by the Director of Graduate Studies in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
  • At least two quarters participation in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Graduate Colloquium (GNDR ST 401), a forum for the circulation and discussion of scholarship and work in progress by advanced graduate students, faculty in the program, and distinguished visitors.

Core courses regularly taught by Gender and Sexuality Studies faculty include:

  • GNDR ST 405: Advanced Feminist Theory
  • GNDR ST 490: Intersectionality and Its Discontents
  • GNDR ST 490: Queer Theory
  • GNDR ST 490: Sociology of Sexuality
  • GSS 490: Theorizing Black Genders and Sexualities

Certificate

Courses Units

GNDR ST 405 Feminist Theory or GNDR ST 490: Intersectionality and Its Discontents

and

GNDR ST 490 Sociology of Sexuality (or) GNDR ST 490 Queer Theory

2
Electives (300- or 400-level) (or) GNDR ST 499 Independent Study 3
Total required units: 5

(Electives may be in the student's department and may be counted toward both the graduate certificate and department degree; they must be approved by the graduate adviser or Director of Graduate Studies in Gender and Sexuality Studies, as must any substitutions or adjustments to the course requirements outlined above.)

Other Graduate Certificate Requirements

  • At least two quarters of participation in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Graduate Colloquium, a forum for the circulation and discussion of scholarship and work in progress by advanced graduate students, faculty in the program, and distinguished visitors.
  • Research/Projects: major research (or presentation or performance, subject to approval of adviser), coordinated with Gender and Sexuality Studies adviser chosen from participating faculty or from home department; adviser must be approved by graduate adviser in Gender and Sexuality Studies; final assessment letter from the adviser on the major research project situating the project in its field, explaining its gender and/or sexuality related focus, and the grounds on which s/he believes it should be accepted in fulfillment of the certificate requirement.