Women's Studies


Rolling admission. Admits all terms. Contact department for additional information and requirements. Students must be admitted to a degree-granting program before admission can be approved in the Women's Studies Certificate.
Please use the following information when completing the application.
Code: 00506; Academic Program: Women's Studies; Certificate.



Doctoral Programs Committee
The Doctoral Programs Committee (DPC) handles all administrative and policy matters pertaining to the joint Ph.D. programs. The DPC oversees the admissions process, makes and coordinates funding decisions, decides on curricular and policy changes, and tracks student progress. The committee is chaired by the Director of Graduate Studies and consists of a liaison from each participating department. The liaison in most cases will be a faculty member with a joint appointment in Women's Studies and the department.

Certificate Advisory Committee
The Certificate Advisory Committee provides oversight on administrative and policy matters pertaining to the Women's Studies Certificate program. Members read students' 890 submissions. The committee is chaired by the Director of Graduate Studies and consists of liaisons from other departments and/or professional schools.

Chair: Rosario Ceballo

Director of Graduate Studies: Elizabeth Wingrove

For a complete listing of faculty, please visit the Women’s Studies website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/women/people/faculty

Degree Programs

Interdepartmental Degree Programs

The interdepartmental doctoral programs in English & Women's Studies, History & Women's Studies and Psychology & Women's Studies are designed to serve the needs of students whose interests are not well represented by an exclusively disciplinary program. These students need conceptual and methodological tools that are grounded in the interdisciplinary perspective of the Women's Studies Program. In the interdepartmental doctoral program, they will have the opportunity to work out an interdisciplinary approach to a research problem from an early point in their training, with a faculty committee that can provide shaping direction. These students will benefit from the kind of interdisciplinary mentorship that is necessary to develop and complete an interdisciplinary dissertation. Specific information can be obtained from the Program Office.

Certificate Program of the Department

Certificate in Women's Studies
Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies

In addition to the specific requirements listed there, see the Certificate Programs section of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.

Certificate in Women's Studies

Designed for students already enrolled in a graduate degree program at the University of Michigan, the Certificate in Women's Studies consists of graduate coursework totaling 15 credit hours. The Certificate, which can be combined with either a master's or a doctoral degree, aims to provide:

  • Analyses of contemporary feminist theoretical frameworks and methodologies, and their implications for academic disciplines and professional practices
  • An inclusive approach that examines the intersection of gender and other social identities and categories of analysis
  • An opportunity to broaden and enrich analytical skills in one or more disciplines while drawing on the interdisciplinary perspectives of Women's Studies
  • A challenge to the traditional separation of academic theory from political and professional practice

Admission: Any student with a bachelor's degree who has been admitted to or is currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University of Michigan is eligible to apply for a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies. Applicants should have at least a "B" average in their graduate coursework (or undergraduate for entering students) and should have prior experience in Women's Studies, such as course or written work. Transcripts for all post-secondary work and one letter of recommendation are required. Application forms are available a http://www.lsa.umich.edu/women/prospectivestudents/applyingforcertificateprograms.

Minimum Number of Credits Required: 15 graduate credit hours.

Specific Course Requirements: Of the 15 credit hours in the Certificate Program, nine will be earned in three required courses:

W.S. 530, "Theories of Feminism," (3 credits) examines various contemporary and classic texts in feminist theory; the course focuses on various schools of feminist thought (e.g. socialist, radical, cultural, French);

One of the following: WS 601, "Approaches to Feminist Scholarship in the Humanities," WS 602, "Approaches to Feminist Scholarship in the Social Sciences," WS 603, "Feminist Scholarship on Women of Color," WS 604, "Approaches to Feminist Practice," or WS 606, "Transnational & Multicultural Feminisms" (3 credits each). Each course examines various methodological and theoretical issues in feminist scholarship in relation to the paradigms of traditional disciplines. Students are required to take one of these courses but may also take another as an elective.

W.S. 890, "Advanced Research," (3 credits) provides an opportunity to undertake a culminating written project for the Certificate. The project is subject to approval by the Women's Studies Graduate Certificate Advisory Committee. The deadline for this project is November 1 for Fall term graduates and March 1 for Winter term graduates.

The other six credit hours consist of two or more electives with approval of the Women's Studies Graduate Committee. One elective must fall outside the student's primary discipline. Please see department web page (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/women/).


University of Michigan
1122 Lane Hall
204 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290
Phone: (734) 615-7619
Fax: (734) 647-4943
E-mail: WSDGradInquiry@umich.edu
Website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/women/


The following courses constitute the range of approved offerings at the time of the assembly of the publication. Not all of the courses listed below are available for registration. Please see the Schedule of Classes on the Office of the Registrar's website for course offerings by term. The final authority for changes in course offerings rests with the academic departments.

Womens Studies (Subject Code: WOMENSTD)
400.  Reproductive Health.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upperclass standing.  (3 credits)

402.  Gender&Health Policy.  Advisory pre-requisite: One course in Women's Studies  (3 credits)

407.  Intersexualities.  Advisory pre-requisite: One course in WOMENSTD  (3 credits)

410.  Reproductive Justice.  Advisory pre-requisite: WOMENSTD 220, 240, 270 or 400, or AMCULT 240 or NURS 220 or SOC 270  (3 credits)

411/AMCULT 411.  Red, Qrs, CntryMusic.  Advisory pre-requisite: One course in Women's Studies or American Culture  (3 credits)

412.  Global Repro Policy.  Advisory pre-requisite: WOMENSTD 220  (3 credits)

415/HISTART 415.  Gender & Arts.  Advisory pre-requisite: Upperclass standing, and one course in Women's Studies or History of Art.  (3 credits)

416/SOC 416.  Thinking Class.  Advisory pre-requisite: One course in Women's Studies or Sociology.  (3 credits)

425/AMCULT 425.  Fem Pract Oral Hist.  Advisory pre-requisite: One course in WOMENSTD or AMCULT  (3 credits)

427/ANTHRCUL 427/AAS 427.  Womn in Afr&Diaspora.  Advisory pre-requisite: One course in African Studies, Anthropology, or Women's Studies. AAS 111 (CAAS 111) or AAS 200 (CAAS 200) recommended.  (3 credits)

431.  Advanced Top LGBTQ.  Advisory pre-requisite: WOMENSTD 245 or 295  (3 to 4 credits)

432.  Adv Gender&Health.  Advisory pre-requisite: WOMENSTD 220 or NURS 220  (3 to 4 credits)

433.  Adv Top Gender Race.  Advisory pre-requisite: WOMENSTD 240  (3 to 4 credits)

434.  Adv Gender Culture.  Advisory pre-requisite: WOMENSTD 240  (3 to 4 credits)

435.  Adv Gender Global.  Advisory pre-requisite: WOMENSTD 240  (3 to 4 credits)

436/ANTHRCUL 436.  Hum Rights Gndr Cult.  Advisory pre-requisite: One course in WOMENSTD or ANTHRCUL  (3 credits)

438.  Gender Health Africa.  Advisory pre-requisite: One course in Women's Studies  (3 credits)

443/AAS 443.  Race, Gender&Health.  Advisory pre-requisite: AAS 201, WOMENSTD 240 or 220, AMCULT 240, NURS 220  (3 credits)

446/ANTHRCUL 446.  Sex and the City.  Advisory pre-requisite: At least one course in Anthropology, History, Women's Studies, Sociology, LGBTQ Studies, or Urban Studies/Urban Planning  (3 credits)

448/HISTORY 448.  Gend & Family: China.  (3 credits)

449/SOC 445.  Diagnosis, Sex, &Soc.  (3 credits)

450.  Pop Music&Gender.  Advisory pre-requisite: WOMENSTD 240 or one course in music.  (3 credits)

451/SOC 451.  Women and Work.  Advisory pre-requisite: WOMENSTD 240 (or AMCULT 240) or SOC 100, and one other course in SOC or WOMENSTD.  (3 credits)

452/PSYCH 414.  Sexuality & Science.  Required pre-requisite: Any WOMENSTD course or PSYCH 111 or 112  (3 credits)

455/ANTHRCUL 455.  Feminist Anthro.  Advisory pre-requisite: Junior standing  (3 credits)

461/SAC 461.  Feminist Flm Thr.  Advisory pre-requisite: WOMENSTD 240 or AMCULT 240; and junior standing  (3 credits)

470/HISTORY 471.  Gender in India.  (3 credits)

471/RELIGION 496/NEAREAST 432/HISTORY 429.  Gender Islam.  Advisory pre-requisite: Students should preferably have had one course in Islamic Studies.  (3 credits)

482.  Spec Topics Minicrs.  Advisory pre-requisite: One course in Women's Studies  (1 to 2 credits)

483.  Special Topics.  (3 to 4 credits)

484/PHIL 427.  Science & Gender.  Advisory pre-requisite: Nine credits of Philosophy, Science or Women's Studies  (2 to 3 credits)

486/PHIL 486.  Feminist Philos.  Advisory pre-requisite: Two courses in either Philosophy or Women's Studies or permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

487/NEAREAST 441.  Gend&Soc-Ang Egy.  Advisory pre-requisite: Some familiarity with Egypt is helpful.  (3 credits)

492/SOC 490/REEES 490.  Women&Islam.  (3 credits)

494/PSYCH 494.  Adolescent Sexuality.  (3 credits)

496/ISLAM 433/NEAREAST 433.  Mod Mid E Gend.  (3 credits)

498/PSYCH 498.  Gender&Individual.  Required pre-requisite: (PSYCH 111 or 112 or 114 or 115) or One WOMENSTD Course  (3 credits)

501.  Intro Grad Studies.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (1 credits)

502.  Intro to Fac Res.  Required pre-requisite: WOMENSTD 501  (1 credits)

519/AMCULT 519.  Queer Women in 20thC.  (3 credits)

530.  Theory Feminism.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

531.  LGBTQ Studies.  (3 credits)

544/ANTHRCUL 544.  Med,Sci&Citizenship.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

551/SOC 551.  Gender and Labor.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

580.  Independent Study.  Advisory pre-requisite: WOMENSTD 530, Graduate standing  (1 to 3 credits)

590/ENGLISH 528/PMR 580/KINESLGY 505/SW 572/ARCH 609/EDUC 580/RACKHAM 580/SOC 580.  Disability Studies.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing  (1 to 3 credits)

601.  Feminist Schol Hum.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

602.  Appro Fem Sch Soc S.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

603.  Women of Color.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

604.  Approach Fem Pract.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing; Field training or practical experience plus coursework in some field and or professional school, AND prior coursework in Women's Studies.  (3 credits)

605.  Health Issues.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

606/AMCULT 606.  Wmn of Color&TranFem.  (3 credits)

621/HISTORY 621.  Womens & Gender Hist.  Advisory pre-requisite: Juniors and seniors with permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

624/POLSCI 624.  Law&Pol of Identity.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing  (3 credits)

646/HISTORY 646.  Reading Gender Hist.  (3 credits)

647/ANTHRCUL 647.  Sexological Theory.  (3 credits)

650.  Biopsych Gender/Sex.  Advisory pre-requisite: Intro to Biopsychology or Intro to Neuroscience  (3 credits)

652/NURS 852.  Feminism and Health.  Advisory pre-requisite: NURS 570, 801, or permission of instructor; see department for details  (3 credits)

653/NURS 853.  Wom Hlth:Thry&Meth.  Advisory pre-requisite: NURS 801 or permission of instructor; see department for details  (3 credits)

654/NURS 854.  Glob,Cul&Womn Hlth.  Advisory pre-requisite: NURS 801 or permission of instructor  (3 credits)

655/PSYCH 655.  Psych of Women.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

670.  Women Talking Work.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

688.  Law&Pol of Identity.  (3 credits)

690.  Directed Readings.  Advisory pre-requisite: WOMENSTD 530 and 601 or 602. Graduate standing  (1 to 3 credits)

698.  Special Seminar.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing, and one graduate course in WOMENSTD.  (1 to 3 credits)

702.  Fem Std Gend&Sexlty.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

720/HISTART 720.  Gend Vis Art.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing and permission of instructor.  (3 credits)

724/HISTORY 724.  Writing Gend Hstries.  (3 credits)

801.  Special Sem.  Advisory pre-requisite: Graduate standing.  (3 credits)

890.  Advanced Research.  Advisory pre-requisite: WOMENSTD 530 and 601 or 602  (1 to 3 credits)

891.  Jt Ph.D Adv Res.  Advisory pre-requisite: Must be admitted to JT Ph. D in ENGLISH/WOMENSTD, PSYCH/WOMENSTD, HISTORY/WOMENSTD, or SOC/WOMENSTD  (3 credits)

892.  Advanced Research.  Advisory pre-requisite: WOMENSTD 531  (3 credits)

990.  Diss Pre-Cand.  Advisory pre-requisite: Advanced Doctoral Students.  (1 to 8 credits)

995.  Diss Cand.  Required pre-requisite: Candidate  (4 or 8 credits)

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