The Department of Women's Studies proudly offers a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Women's Studies (AdWS Certificate). This certificate program provides a rigorous, integrated/interdisciplinary and relevant educational experience for students whose education and career objectives will be enhanced by creative, critical, and scholarly feminist lens of analysis.
The program guides students to: examine the factors that affect the status of women across cultures and through time; critique and analyze theories and assumptions about women in various disciplines; contribute to the reformulation of social knowledge; explore institutionalizing social change that highlights and supports the achievements of women locally and internationally; and understand the usefulness of gender as an analytical tool in many fields.
Graduate studies leading to the AdWS Certificate are focused in four broad areas under the general rubric of gender studies:
Recipients of the AdWS Certificate must be classified graduate students and normally will be pursuing graduate degrees in other academic departments. The AdWS Certificate will help students learn to apply feminist methodologies, analyses and problem-solving to their other academic fields, and to integrate the rigors of the scholarship on gender into their chosen professions as a means of enhancing their professional lives and opportunities for advancement.
Students who wish to acquire a WS Graduate Certificate should contact L. Ayu Saraswati.
The AdWS Certificate Program consists of a minimum of 18 credits, at least 12 of which must be at the 600 level or higher. Nine of these credits must come from the following four Women's Studies courses:
Remaining credits will be drawn from a list of courses approved by the Women's Studies graduate advisor. All students will work with a specific adviser to develop an AdWS Certificate curriculum based on their academic majors that best supports their academic and professional goals and objectives. Up to 6 credits towards the certificate may be taken in the student's home department provided that department's curriculum includes courses approved by Women's Studies.
Each student enrolled in the AdWS Certificate program will design, develop, and complete an original research and/or community involvement project to culminate in a publishable-quality work or comparable product, and a professional quality seminar presentation given in the student's final semester of the program.
Students may pursue the graduate certificate in advanced women's studies while simultaneously working on a masters or doctoral degree in another field or as a standalone certificate program.
To apply to the graduate certificate in advanced women's studies program, please submit:
March 31 for admission the following fall semester.
Applications received later than March 31 will be considered on a case-by-case basis as space allows.
Graduate Advisor, Women's Studies
2424 Maile Way
Saunders Hall (Room 722)
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa
Honolulu HI 96822