The graduate Certificate in Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) requires 16 s.h., including a two-course core, several elective courses, and a capstone course (1 s.h.), for which students attend a GWSS conference and present their own research there. Students frequently receive certificate advising from the GWSS director of graduate studies. Graduate students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.00 in work for the certificate.

The certificate program is open to University of Iowa graduate students working toward a degree; interested students should contact the GWSS director of graduate studies.

The certificate requires the following course work. Students may not use one course to satisfy more than one certificate requirement.

Certificate Core

GWSS:5000Foundations for Feminist Inquiry I3
One approved course on theory of gender, women, or sexuality3


One elective must have a transnational or international focus, one must focus on diversity in the United States, and one should be concerned with theory of gender, feminism, or sexuality. Students may count up to 6 s.h. of elective credit earned in GWSS courses that are cross-listed with their major department. Courses that are not cross-listed may be counted with permission of the director of graduate studies.

Elective courses, at least one of which must be numbered 5000 or above9


Students must present their own research at a GWSS conference, earning credit for the presentation by registering for the following course. 

GWSS:7400Graduate Research Conference Presentation1