Undergraduate Certificate

The certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies represents an area of concentration that supplements the undergraduate departmental major.

  • Students interested in pursuing the certificate generally apply to the program in their sophomore year after completing the introductory course, GSS201, which provides a background for advanced study and suggests the rich variety of feminist and LGBT scholarship being conducted today. Interested students need not wait until after completing GSS201 to apply to the certificate program, and may take this course at any time during their studies.
  • Students are encouraged to take at least one course from at least three of the following thematic clusters.  At least one of the courses may not be used to satisfy the requirements for the student’s concentration:
    • Transnational/global perspectives
    • Gender, Race, and Ethnicity
    • Bodies, Sexualities
    • Culture and Representation
    • Politics and Social Change
    • Historical Perspectives
  • Students must take one additional 300- or 400-level GSS course.
  • A total of five courses are required for the certificate.
  • A maximum of one of the five required courses may be taken with the pass/drop/fail (PDF) grading option.
  • Certificate students’ independent work must incorporate issues related to Gender and Sexuality Studies.  Students can fulfill this requirement in several ways. For those concentrating in humanities or social science disciplines, the senior thesis and at least one junior paper must incorporate issues related to GSS.  For students concentrating in disciplines in which it is difficult to incorporate GSS-related questions into junior papers and theses (including fields such as science or engineering), students can fulfill this requirement by submitting two revised GSS-related course papers for review by the Director.

Courses offered by GSS are open to all Princeton students. All students seeking this certificate must be currently enrolled at Princeton University as part of a degree-granting department. Students seeking the certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies should email Maria Papadakis at gss@princeton.edu. Note, we don't ask students to fill out a formal application, just to make it easier. After you e-mail Maria, consider yourself a certificate student! She will notify you of the same in her e-mail reply.