Professor Carolyn Sargent, Director
The graduate certificate in women’s studies is offered through the Women’s Studies Program and jointly based in the Dedman Graduate Program and the Perkins School of Theology. It is an interdisciplinary graduate level certificate designed to enhance the lives of students, both female and male, by facilitating the integration of theories about gender and knowledge about the roles and achievements of women, both past and present, in global perspectives. The courses are designed to provide comparative and historical perspectives on women, gender and feminism. The certificate program draws upon courses from a variety of disciplines including anthropology, history, literary studies, media and film, and theology.
The requirements for admission to the Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate Program include the completion of the graduate application form; the B.A. degree or its equivalent; a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.00 or above on a 4.00 scale; and sufficient previous study in women’s studies or related areas to be able to satisfy the certificate requirements. The GRE is not required; however, the student must provide an official transcript and letters of recommendation as indicated in the graduate application form. Students should submit the graduate application form through the Office of Research and Graduate Studies.
1. Formal registration for the certificate through SMU Dedman College and/or Perkins School of Theology. This shall include a proposed program plan for completion of the certificate developed with an adviser from the office of the Women’s Studies Program or a Perkins adviser.
2. An Advanced Feminist Theory course (WS 6300/TC 8375) offered by the Women’s Studies Program in collaboration with Perkins School of Theology. This course will include the “classic” literature from feminist, womanist and mujerista perspectives and address current theoretical issues across relevant disciplines. The course will be taught in rotation by interested faculty associated with the Women’s Studies Program and Perkins School of Theology.
3. Four additional courses that are women’s studies approved core and departmental courses (see list below). Students taking Dedman undergraduate women’s studies courses must register using a 6000-level number and arrange a separate syllabus and assignments in conjunction with the professor of record. Students are encouraged to petition the director of women’s studies for credit for other graduate courses in which they engage in study appropriate to the intent of the certificate. Appropriate courses taken during matriculation at SMU, but prior to enrollment in the certificate, may count toward program hours.
4. A major research project or a supervised internship in a setting that addresses issues concerning women and/or gender. This project shall be delineated with an appropriate time of completion and included in the program plan in consultation with a women’s studies or a Perkins Internship Office faculty member. Examples of suitable research projects include the second year paper, a performance, an exhibit or any other major research project acceptable to a graduate adviser in women’s studies. Supervised internship settings for Perkins Master of Divinity students will require a learning goal for women studies and shall be done in consultation with the Perkins Internship Office.
ANTH 3310 Gender and Sex Roles: A Global Perspective
ARHS 3389 Both Sides of the Easel: Women in the Visual Arts
ENGL 3341 Victorian Gender
ENGL 3349 Ethical Implications of Children’s Literature
ENGL 4372 (Topic) Psychoanalysis, Literature, Culture: Reading with Freud
ENGL 4372 (Topic) Masculinity and Pop Culture
FL 3312 Women in Modern China
HIST 3355 Class and Gender in Ancient Society
HIST 3310 (Topic) The American Family
HIST 3312 Women in American History
HIST 3329 Women in Early Modern Europe
HIST 3330 Women in Modern European History
PLSC 3370 Women in Politics
PLSC 4339 Women and the Law
WS 2308 Revisions: Woman as Thinker, Artist and Citizen
WS 2315 Gender, Culture and Society
HR 8331 Women in World Religions
HX 8329 Mary in Christian Tradition
ST 8345 Theologies of Hope and Liberation
ST 8375 Feminist, Womanist and Mujerista Theologies
CE 8338 Emancipatory Educational Ministry with Adolescent Girls: Liberating Ophelia and LaTomika
WO 8308 Women and Worship
WO 8327 Liturgy and Justice
PR 8332 Feminist Emancipatory Preaching
PC 8333 Pastoral Care and Counseling of Women
PC 8335 Sexual and Domestic Violence: Theological and Pastoral Concerns
PC 8345 Justice Issues in Pastoral Care
PS 8360 Women’s Spiritual Quest
MN 8342 Women in Ministry