Graduate Studies

Graduate Certificate Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies

The graduate certificate program enables graduate students already enrolled in PhD programs at Brown to develop methodological and theoretical expertise and credentials in the interdisciplinary field of gender and sexuality studies while fulfilling the graduate requirements of their degree-granting department. It will give students the opportunity for advanced training in the field; provide them with specialized professional training in Gender and Sexuality Studies; and foster a community of scholars dedicated to the study of the intersections of gender and sexuality and other related methodologies, such as critical race studies, cultural studies, legal theory, psychoanalytic theory, as well as more traditional disciplinary methods.

Certificate Requirements
The requirements for Certificate Program include coursework, teaching or TAing a course relevant to gender and sexuality studies, and the presentation of a paper in our Graduate Student Colloquium.

1. Courses (4 total)
Courses must be completed with at least a grade of B in each course and include:

• GNSS 2000 – Method, Evidence, Critique: Gender and 
Sexuality Studies across the Disciplines (currently offered once per year)

• Three approved relevant electives (1000- or 2000-level) from across the university 

2. Research Paper
Students must complete a research paper that reflects the student's training in the field, to be presented to the Graduate Colloquium in Gender and Sexuality Studies. The paper may be completed for a course or a draft dissertation chapter. The Graduate Colloquium consists of a core group of related faculty and graduate students enrolled in the certificate program.

3. Additional Experience: Teaching or Proctorship

• The teaching requirement can be met by teaching one's own seminar on a relevant 
theme or TAing for the Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies or another approved course in Gender and Sexuality Studies. For students whose funding precludes their serving as teaching assistants, instructors, or proctors, appropriate accommodations will be made.

• Upon approval, students may fulfill the additional requirement with a semester-long proctorship in the Pembroke Center Archives instead of the teaching component. Students must demonstrate an intellectual and professional rationale for a proctorship in lieu of teaching.

Please apply to the GNSS Graduate Certificate Program using UFunds.

For More Information
Please contact Drew Walker, Director of the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, to learn more about the graduate certificate.

Additional Opportunities for Graduate Students

The Pembroke Center invites graduate students  to apply for:

• research grants

• dissertation prizes

• fellowships to participate in the Pembroke Seminar