Women's Studies Certificate - Women's Studies Certificate
Title Women's Studies Certificate 
Department Women's Studies 

Department Description: Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary field that investigates the evolving experiences and contributions of women and girls within various historical, social, political, personal, and cultural contexts. Drawing upon resources from the humanities, sciences, and social sciences, our department offers a wide range of thought-provoking courses. Students can expect to study topics like gender, feminism, race, age, class, religion, sexual identity, health and wellness, and reproduction through readings, videos, collaborative projects, and independent research. Women’s Studies provides a supportive environment that encourages women and men to think reflectively and critically, envision constructive new realities, respect human dignity and celebrate diversity, earn a developed understanding of the relationship between personal experience and social conditions, have a sense of humor, and take time for fun. Students who graduate with a Women’s Studies Certificate possess skills that are valuable and marketable to a wide variety of employers.

Department Learning Outcomes:

Graduates will be able to:

  • Gain insight into diverse cultures and understand how culture impacts perspectives.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the individual and institutional dynamics of unequal power relations between groups in contemporary society.
  • Develop a foundation of knowledge about women's roles in and contributions to the economy, politics, the arts, cultures, and society in the United States and around the world.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate the analysis of race and ethnicity, class, sexual identities, culture, religion, disabilities, and geography into explanations of power relations in the contemporary world.
  • Examine the diversity of women's experiences, past and present, using the concept of gender to identify progress and problems.
  • Identify major feminist movements and explain how they shape policies and perspectives in the United States.
  • Demonstrate understanding of reproductive anatomy and the women’s health initiative.

Special Department Information:

Program Course Requirements

Required Courses (choose 12 credits from the following list):
BIOL 2411 Biology of Women (3 cr)
ENGL 2451 Women in Literature (3 cr)
HLTH 1531 Women’s Health (3 cr)
HIST 2420 History of Women in the U.S. (3 cr)
WMST 1400 Intro to Women’s Studies (3 cr)
WMST 2402 Gender and Popular Culture (3 cr)
WMST 2420 Women and Religion (3 cr)


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Special Program Requirements:

In addition to the program requirements listed above, students must meet the following conditions in order to graduate:

  1. College Cumulative GPA Requirement: The cumulative grade point average (GPA) of credits attempted and completed at CLC must be at least 2.0
  2. Residency Requirement: students must complete one third (4) of their credits at Central Lakes College.

Transfer Opportunities: This program has a transfer articulation agreement with Minnesota State University - Moorhead.

Career Opportunities: The Women's Studies Certificate compliments a wide variety of fields such as human resources, social work, psychology, English, criminal Justice, health, and political science. Students who graduate with this certificate develop skills that are highly valued by employers. These skills include problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, research analysis, and communication.