Campus: Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus

Instructions: Residential/On Campus   

Add knowledge of feminist scholarship to your advanced degree program.











What is Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies?

A certificate in women's and gender studies requires 9 hours of coursework on topics ranging from feminist theory to feminist research methodologies.

Why Study Women's and Gender Studies Here?

By earning a certificate in women's and gender studies, students gain access to an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural study of gender in social structure, history, culture, and technology. The Women's & Gender Studies program at Virginia Tech presents students with new ways of thinking about how race, class, and sexuality shape our society and our experiences in it.

What You'll Study

The Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies extends graduate students' work in other disciplines by exploring feminist theoretical perspectives and analyzing the structural and interpersonal dimensions of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality. Students complete nine hours of coursework together with a thesis or dissertation addressing an issue of gender or sexuality in a significant way.

Core Courses 

WGS 5914 Feminist Theory

WGS 5924 Feminist Research Methodologies

Elective Course 

Women's and Gender Studies Elective 

Careers of Program Graduates

Our graduates have gone on to earn doctorates in sociology and related fields here at Virginia Tech and in universities around the world, or to direct and coordinate women’s centers, diversity programs, and research at such institutions as the Police Executive Research Forum in Washington DC, and the DisAbility Law Center of Virginia.

Students interested in applying to the Women's and Gender Studies Graduate Certificate should contact the program director, Neal King, by email at or by phone at 540-231-8174.

Visit our office at 560 McBryde Hall, 225 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Fall: August 1

Spring: January 1



Neal King

Director of Graduate Studies

642 McBryde Hall


Tish Glosh

Graduate Coordinator

560 McBryde Hall


Department of Sociology

560 McBryde Hall (0137)

225 Stanger Street

Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: 540-231-8971