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The Women's Studies Certificate Program is an interdisciplinary approach to research and scholarship that draws on various disciplines, while challenging disciplinary boundaries, raising new questions and offering different perspectives. The general aim of the program is to offer critical reflection on the experiences of both women and men in terms of differences of gender, sexuality, race, class, ethnicity and nation. Particular attention is paid to the conditions of women's lives and the varied forms of struggle to which these give rise. Students are prepared to teach courses and to do research in Women's Studies and related critical approaches to the disciplines. Besides focused course work and guidance in research, Women's Studies offers participation in a wide range of graduate student-faculty activities, such as lecture series and forums. Students also are invited to participate in the research programs of the Center for the Study of Women and Society.

The Women's Studies Certificate Program currently has over 160 students from 30 different programs and comprised of 86 faculty members from a wide range of programs as well. A number of students are recipients of awards and scholarships to support their participation in the Certificate Program. Further information about applying for these awards can be found on our Awards and Fellowships page.

Prospective students are encouraged to contact Elizabeth Small or Dána-Ain Davis to discuss their programs and interests.

Dana-Ain Davis

Director/Associate Professor
The Graduate Center

Phone: 212-817-8905

Elizabeth Small

Assistant Program Officer
The Graduate Center

Phone: 212-817-8905