IRWGS Graduate Certificate

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The IRWGS graduate certificate is normally completed by PhD students in Arts and Sciences. With the permission of the Director of Graduate Studies, 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:

  1. Successfully complete the following courses. (Please note that all graduate certificate courses must be taken for a letter grade. R credit will not be accepted.)
    1. GU4000: Genealogies of Feminism OR GR6001: Theoretical Paradigms in Feminist Scholarship
    2. GR8010: Advanced Topics OR GU4300: 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.
  2. Pass an oral examination based on a reading list composed in consultation with your examiners.

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

  1. Reading lists may include literature related to the student’s research field, but 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 Director of Graduate Studies at least two months before the scheduled exam. All reading lists are subject to the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies.
  2. Reading lists consist of approximately 25 texts chosen in consultation with both of the student’s examiners.
  3. Students whose departmental exam includes a substantial gender/sexuality/feminist component may apply for a waiver of the exam to the Director of Graduate Studies. 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, WMST GR8001, as the basis for the reading list.
  5. The oral examination (lasting 45 minutes to one hour) may not be taken before completion of all course requirements. The examination 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 Director of Graduate Studies.
  6. With the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies and the agreement of the examiners, students may elect to take the oral examination concurrently with the departmental exam.

Option 2:

  1. Successfully complete the following courses. (Please note that all graduate certificate courses must be taken for a letter grade. R credit will not be accepted.)
    1. GU4000: Genealogies of Feminism OR GR6001: Theoretical Paradigms in Feminist Scholarship
    2. GR8010: Advanced Topics OR GU4300: 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 GR8001), a one-credit course.
  2. 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 GR8001). 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 Director of Graduate Studies and are subject to their approval.

For more information, please contact IRWGS Director of Graduate Studies, Marianne Hirsch (mh2349@columbia.edu).