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Women's Studies (Graduate Certificate)

A graduate certificate in Women’s Studies allows students to ground a range of studies in gender, human rights, and social justice. This focused specialization merges easily with a range of graduate studies throughout the university. Students gain a solid foundation in theories, methodologies, and practices that provide a strong preparation for a range of careers.

Women's Studies (Graduate Certificate)


Description


What is Women's Studies at ODU like?

A graduate certificate in Women’s Studies allows students to ground a range of studies in gender, human rights, and social justice. This focused specialization merges easily with a range of graduate studies throughout the university. Students gain a solid foundation in theories, methodologies, and practices that provide a strong preparation for a range of careers.

Program Highlights


What makes Women's Studies at ODU unique?

  • Women’s Studies prepares students to contribute to a variety of fields—as advocates for justice, human rights, and equality

  • We offer distinct opportunities to get involved in organizations through internships, service-learning, and professional development series

  • Our department is supported by an active Friends of Women’s Studies organization that provides three scholarships, a range of events, and networking opportunities

  • Women’s Studies graduates work in a range of fields—from social work, to law, to education, and international development. This department allows students to learn theories of social justice and apply them to benefit not only women and girls, yet a range of contexts where graduates can promote equality and human rights

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary

$68,980

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses in criminal justice, corrections, and law enforcement administration. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

$83,330

MEDIAN SALARY


Teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group, such as Latin American studies, women's studies, or urban affairs. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Judicial Law Clerks

$57,920

MEDIAN SALARY


Assist judges in court or by conducting research or preparing legal documents.

Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers

$71,540

MEDIAN SALARY


Monitor and evaluate compliance with equal opportunity laws, guidelines, and policies to ensure that employment practices and contracting arrangements give equal opportunity without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Planned Parenthood, Global Health Corps, Peace Corps, Citigroup, Americorps, Medicine, Law—human rights law firms.  

Courses


What are some courses offered in Women's Studies at ODU?

WMST 460W:
Feminist Theory


A study of the renaissance in feminist thought since the 1960s through close readings of key documents and texts. The course covers a variety of feminist perspectives as expressed in both theory and practice. |This is a writing intensive course.) Prerequisites: WMST 201S or WMST 302W and a grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or ENGL 221C or ENGL 231C.

WMST 895:
INTERSECTIONALITY, THEORY and PR


The advanced study of selected topics that permit small groups of qualified students to work on subjects of mutual interest under the direction of an instructor. Courses may not be offered regularly; when offered, courses appear in the course schedule and are more fully described in information distributed to advisors.

WMST 570:
Feminist Research Methods


This course explores the ethics, practice, and multiple forms of conducting feminist research. Narrative research methods are practiced through hands-on oral herstory assignments. Throughout the course, the process of knowledge construction is interrogated from a feminist perspective.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Women's Studies at ODU?

Students entering the Certificate program in Women's Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Scholarships


  • Nancy Topping Bazin Graduate Scholarship in Women’s Studies 
  • Anita Clair Fellman Service-Learning Scholarship 

Next Steps


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Contact


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Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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PROFESSOR


Name:

Jennifer Fish


Location:

3044 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-4908


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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