Women's Studies and Gender Studies Certificate

About the Women's and Gender Studies Certificate at Loyola

Women's studies and gender studies play a critical role in advancing social justice. By examining intersections of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and other aspects of identity, those who dedicate their careers to these disciplines help create a more inclusive and equitable world.

If this is the work you are passionate about doing, Loyola University Chicago's Women's Studies and Gender Studies Certificate can help you build a strong foundation without committing to a graduate degree. You will learn about various schools of feminist thought, the construction of gender roles, how to challenge gender-based structures and discrimination, and much more.

Program Structure

The Women's Studies and Gender Studies Certificate is a 12-credit program for students who hold a bachelor's degree that can be completed full- or part-time. Classes are offered online with both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities.

Why Choose Loyola for Your Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies?

At Loyola, you will gain a thorough introduction to topics within women's and gender studies, learning from international scholars in the intersection of migration, social justice, and gender issues. Customizable to your interests and goals, Loyola's WSGS certificate program allows you to prepare for jobs in gender studies or to easily transition into a graduate program.

A flexible, interdisciplinary curriculum

Take foundational courses in feminist history and methodologies, then choose from courses in global feminisms, queer theory, migration, and other areas of women's and gender studies. You can also take cross-listed courses from another discipline, such as history, law, social work, sociology, and Spanish.

Earn your women's studies and gender studies certificate fully online. With both live and asynchronous sessions, our courses balance convenience with connection.

Create meaningful relationships with peers and your professors. Loyola's small class sizes allow for individualized mentorship, student-led projects, and rich discussions.

Use leading theoretical tools for studying feminism, gender, and sexuality and approach gender studies from global, social justice-oriented perspectives. Loyola's gender studies certificate focuses on decolonial feminism, which seeks to deconstruct normalized Western gender concepts and reintroduce indigenous and post-colonial worldviews of gender into feminist and queer discourses.

Learn from WSGS experts who bring both academic research and lived experiences in international education to the classroom. Our faculty are international scholars who conduct research on a wide range of topics and are native or near-native speakers of several languages, including Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, French, and Russian.

Meet and work with other professionals using women's and gender studies in their careers. Our program affords you the opportunity to work with faculty, leading agencies, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that advance migration and human rights for all people. Local Chicago students may also participate in fieldwork or internships.

Women's Studies and Gender Studies Department

The Department of Women's Studies and Gender Studies has a four-part mission. To promote deeper understandings of feminist scholarship and gender theory across the humanities, social sciences, and applied professions. To provide innovative, challenging, and thoughtful approaches to teaching and learning for both students and faculty. To acknowledge and honor the diversity of our human community - especially regarding gender, race, class, and sexuality - while working toward social justice. To build and cultivate a community of scholars who are supportive of one another and who carry out our mission in daily practice. Find stories showcasing current students and graduates from the Women's Studies and Gender Studies Certificate program and learn more about why Loyola is right for you.

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Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the department faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Women's Studies and Gender Studies Certificate program.


Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Women's Studies and Gender Studies Certificate program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Women's Studies and Gender Studies Certificate learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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    Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

    Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your graduate and professional studies a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

    If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

    Tuition and Costs

    The estimated tuition and fees for the Women's Studies and Gender Studies Certificate totals $13500.00, or 12 credit hours at a cost of $1,125.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

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    Application Process

    Application Deadlines

    The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Women's Studies and Gender Studies Certificate are listed below. We encourage you to apply early as decisions may take longer during busy periods.

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    Application Requirements

    Application requirements for the Women's Studies and Gender Studies Certificate include:

    • 1 Letter of Recommendation

    • Personal Statement

    • Writing Sample

    International Student Requirements

    Additional information regarding the application process for international students can be found on the International Student Requirements page.

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