Program Requirements

Course requirements for the graduate certificate in WGS will build upon existing graduate curriculum, most of which are accessible to all disciplines. This program requires 9 credit hours of elective coursework; 1 credit hour of professional development; a research component worth 1 credit hour; and community project, grant application, or creation of WGS course syllabus worth 3 credit hours, for a total of 14 credit hours.


WGS Graduate Certificate Plan of Study

A. Core Courses (5 credits)

  1. ​​​​​​​WGS 795 (1 credit): Practicum/Professional Development
  2. WGS 796 (1 credit): Special Topics/Research Area of Choice
  3. WGS 797S (3 credit): Comprehensive Project/Capstone

B. Graded Coursework (from graduate-level courses bearing a prefix other than WGS) (9 credits). Students will select three courses from a pre-approved list of classes. One course must pertain to “Social/Cultural Development”; One course must pertain to “Tools for Making Change”; and one course will be an elective in a field of their choosing.

The following list of approved classes comes from the 2018 Level of Interest Survey, as well as from discussions with a variety of departments on the NDSU campus. This list does not preclude participation from other departments or programs.

Social/Cultural Development

  • EDUC 712 Social, Cultural, and Political Dimensions of Schools
  • ENGL 656 Literacy, Culture and Identity
  • HDFS 813 Social and Emotional Development Across the Lifespan
  • SOC 610 Social Inequality
  • SOC 612 Sociology of Gender

Tools for Making Change: Grant Writing/Leadership 

  • EDUC 730 Leadership, Planning, and Organizational Behavior
  • EDUC 808 Empowerment and Transformative Education 
  • PH 704 Leading and Managing Public Health Systems
  • SOC 624 Feminist Theory and Discourse 
  • MGMT 630 Leadership in Organization

Open elective in a field of choice

  • CJ 665 Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in Criminal Justice
  • ENGL 654 Language Bias
  • HIST 626 Women in American History
  • HDFS 714 Contemporary Youth Issues 
  • SOC 617 Sociology of the Family 



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