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IRWGS GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN FEMINIST SCHOLARSHIP

The IRWGS graduate certificate is normally completed by PhD students in Arts and Sciences. With the permission of the Graduate Director, students from other Columbia schools, or MA students, may complete the certificate requirement.  Students interested in completing the IRWGS Certificate must declare their intention by submitting a Graduate Milestone form, available here.

There are two ways to complete the certificate:

Option 1:

I. Successfully complete the following courses:

1. G4000: Genealogies of Feminism OR G6001: Theoretical Paradigms in Feminist Scholarship

2. G8010: Advanced Topics OR W4300: Advanced Topics in Women's and Gender Studies OR a course in another department specially approved by the Director of Graduate Studies with a specific emphasis on gender, sexuality, and feminist scholarship and/or a methodological perspective influenced by feminist thought. 3000 level courses may not count toward the certificate.

II. Pass an oral examination based on a reading list that you construct in consultation with your examiners.

The examining committee will be composed of two faculty members affiliated with the Institute, selected by you, in consultation and with the approval of the Institute’s Graduate Director. At least one of the examiners must come from outside the department of your PhD candidacy and have had no role in your departmental examination.

1. The reading list may include literature related to your research field, but it should predominantly emphasize a broad spectrum of theoretical literature central to feminist scholarship. It should reflect IRWGS’s transnational and interdisciplinary commitments. The reading list should be filed with the Graduate Director at least two months before the scheduled exam date, and is subject to her approval.

2. The list consists of approximately 25 texts chosen in consultation with the two examiners.

3. Students whose Departmental exam includes a substantial gender/sexuality/feminist component may apply for a waiver of the exam to the graduate director. In some cases, the departmental list might need to be supplemented by approximately 10 additional texts that will be subject to examination by 2 examiners.

4. Students may use the bibliography for an original course syllabus developed in the Feminist Pedagogy seminar as the basis for the reading list. 

5. The oral examination (lasting 45 minutes to one hour) may not be taken before completion of the course requirement. It is administered by the Institute at a time and place suitable to all concerned, but normally not more than six months from the date of the departmental exam. The results will be communicated to the Graduate Director.

6.     With the approval of the Graduate Director and the agreement of the examiners, you may elect to take the examination concurrently with the major exam.

Option 2:

I. Successfully complete the following courses:

1. G4000: Genealogies of Feminism OR G6001: Theoretical Paradigms in Feminist Scholarship

2. G8010: Advanced Topics OR W4300: Advanced Topics in Women's and Gender Studies OR a course in another department specially approved by the Director of Graduate Studies with a specific emphasis on gender, sexuality, and feminist scholarship and/or a methodological perspective influenced by feminist thought. [3000 level courses may not count toward the certificate.]

3. Feminist Pedagogy (WMST 8001), a one-credit course.

II. As a substitution for the reading list-based oral examination, students may submit the WGSS course syllabus they composed and workshopped in Feminist Pedagogy (WMST 8001).  Students who elect Certificate Option 2 must also compose a written rationale of approximately 500-750 words and an annotated bibliography to accompany their course syllabus. The syllabus and rationale will be reviewed by the IRWGS Director and Graduate Director.

For more information, please contact IRWGS Director of Graduate Studies Lila Abu-Lughod (la310@columbia.edu).