The Graduate Program in Women's Studies

Certificate in Feminist Studies

The Graduate Program in Women's Studies offers a Certificate in Feminist Studies for students enrolled in graduate PhD programs.

The Program in Women's Studies does not currently offer a terminal graduate degree. We do offer a Certificate in Feminist Studies that gives students the opportunity for advanced training in the field; prepares them for a variety of jobs, including those in the academy; and provides a community of scholars dedicated to the study of gender, race, sexuality, and nation. Students earning the Certificate are given priority in the selection of teaching and research assistantships in Women's Studies and are eligible to apply for dissertation fellowships offered by the program.

Students in Duke's Divinity School are encouraged to look into theCertificate Program in Gender, Theology, and Ministry.

Graduate Scholars Colloquium

In addition to the certificate, the program sponsors a yearlong, non-credit interdisciplinary research seminar for all graduate students. Known as the Graduate Scholars Colloquium, this seminar meets monthly for dinner and discussion, and is led by two student leaders. You do not need to be enrolled in the Certificate Program to participate in the Graduate Scholars Colloquium.

For additional information (including the application for the certificate program) please contact Director of Graduate Studies.


The Graduate School

Individuals interested in graduate work at Duke University for degree purposes must be formally admitted by The Graduate School.  The Graduate School welcomes applications from students who have completed a bachelor's degree. For more information, visit the Graduate School's admissions site.

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