Women, Gender, and Leadership Certificate

Women, Gender, and Leadership Certificate

Professors: Donna Decker, Melinda Jetté, Mary C. Kelly, Phyllis Zrzavy
Associate Professors: Jessica Landis (Certificate Coordinator), Jean Dawson, Verna DeLauer
Assistant Professor: Leslie Buddington

The mission of the interdisciplinary Women, Gender, and Leadership Certificate program is to develop students’ knowledge of women’s and gender issues, including the interconnections among gender, race, class, sexuality, power, and transnational issues. As critical terms of inquiry, gender and sexuality are examined as social constructs and analyzed for their impact on culture(s). The program includes courses that engage current scholarship in women’s and/or gender studies, including embracing intersectionality, welcoming the LGBTQIA+ community, and eschewing biological essentialism. 

A Certificate is offered in Women, Gender, and in Leadership for traditional students.


The Women, Gender, and Leadership Certificate that offers an integrative approach to learning about the interconnections among gender, race, class, sexuality, and transnational issues. The program aims to build a supportive environment for women, trans, and gender non-binary students to assist them in the development of leadership skills through a program that integrates theory and practice. To meet this goal, the program combines academic study with participation in internships both on and off campus.

The program and the resulting certificate will credential students as theoretically and materially knowledgeable in women’s and gender issues and thus qualify them for leadership positions requiring such expertise. The program complements the needs of professionals in fields including: education, law, social services, counseling, business, health services, public administration, public relations, media, sports and recreation, criminal justice, journalism, and politics.

Students intending to complete the Women, Gender, and Leadership Certificate are expected to complete 13 credits of course and internship work. Of these credits, WL115 Introduction to Women, Gender, and Leadership (3 credits), WL490 The Women in Leadership Seminar (1 credit), and a three credit internship in the student’s major area or in Women in Leadership (WL491) are required. Two additional courses (6 credits) must be chosen from the courses listed below. Students are advised to link the courses they take with the Internship work they choose to do. Goals and objectives are contracted prior to registration and designed to complement or directly relate to a student’s major area of study. Internships require a minimum of 40 hours (per credit), which includes on-the-job work and documentation procedures.

Program Courses

AC390 Internship in Accounting
AC391 Internship in Accounting
AC395 Adv Internship in Account
AN495 Senior Internship Anthrop
BI460 Internship in BI/ HS
BI461 Internship in BI/ HS
BI462 Internship in BI/HS
CJ340 Gender, Race & Crime
CJ495 Internship Crim Justice
COMM202 Internship Communication
COMM230 Interpersonal Communicate
COMM231 Diversity and Media
COMM302 Internship Communication
COMM336 Gender/ Media Repres
COMM337 Children and the Media
COMM402 Internship Communication
EN270 Eve Framed:Wom Writers
EN391 Internship in English
EN491 Senior Internship
ES460 Internship
ES461 Internship
ES462 Internship
FM390 Internship in Finance
FM391 Internship in Finance
FM395 Adv Internship Finance
HCA390 Healthcare Internship
HS322 Amer Gender History
HS341 American Women’s History
HS395 Internship Public Hist
HS491 Field Based Exp Hist & PS
HS495 Internship Public Hist
MK390 Internship in Marketing
MK391 Internship in Marketing
MK395 Advanced Internship
MN390 Internship in Management
MN391 Internship in Management
MN395 Adv Internship in Mgmt
MU210 Women and Music
MU398 Internship in Music
MU498 Internship in Music
PO491 Field-Based Exp Poli Sci
PS155 Psychology of Gender
PS405 Fam & Part Violence
PS495 Senior Internship
PUBH204 Internship Global Health
SO220 Families in Society
SPME255 Internship Sports Media
SPME260 Special Topics Sports Med
SPME355 Internship Sports Media
SPME455 Internship Sports Media
SR390 Internship in Sport & Rec
SR391 Internship in Sport & Rec
SR395 Adv Internship Sport & Re
WL115 Intro Women, Gender, Lead
WL490 Women Gender Lead Sem
WL491 Intern Women Gender Lead