Gender, Race and Identity, Graduate Certificate

More info about the Gender, Race, and Identity Graduate Certificate

The MA program is not currently accepting applications. Please contact Jen Hill at to discuss this program.

GRI Advisers

Jen Hill
Director - Gender, Race and Identity
Chair - Women's Studies
Phone: (775) 682-6484

Deborah Boehm
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Women's Studies/Gender, Race and Identity
Phone: (775) 682-6503

Emily Hobson
Assistant Professor of History and Women's Studies/Gender, Race and Identity
Phone: (775) 682-6482

The graduate certificate in Gender, Race and Identity provides a curriculum that complements existing graduate programs both at the M.A. and the Ph.D. levels. A Graduate Certificate Program in Gender, Race and Identity will be of benefit to students who are pursuing a graduate degree in other areas, including business, history, social work, social psychology, psychology, and sociology.

Drawing upon the scholarly literature in the areas of critical theory, feminist methodology, and particular disciplines, including race and ethnic studies, women and gender studies, sexuality studies, and religious studies, the certificate provides an academic course of study in the intersections of identities that shape our lives and experiences. The certificate provides a core experience shared by all students as well as a range of courses that can form a more in-depth understanding of a particular area of the student's choosing. The curriculum is designed to allow for maximum flexibility for students, but to provide breadth and depth signifying an understanding of important intersections of race, class and gender.

The GRI Certificate helps students:

  • Understand how identities are constructed and how they intersect
  • Learn about the methodologies in scholarship and learning in diverse cultures
  • Examine ideas about gender and race and how they intersect
  • Study the roles identity plays in diverse cultural settings and how these roles change over time
  • Look at the historical significance of identity through politics, public policy, and decision-making
  • Explore the effects gender, race and identity have on historical developments and their consequences


Once accepted, students in the certificate program take one core 700-level course and three elective courses (600 or 700 level), representing at least two different disciplines, chosen from the list of approved courses. A faculty mentor works with each student to design an individualized plan of coursework that meets the student’s scholarly and career goals. Appropriate courses may be substituted for approved GRI courses in consultation with the faculty mentor and with approval from the GRI Graduate Committee. Students must earn at least a “B” in

Students must earn at least a “B” in coursework used to complete certificate requirements and maintain a 3.0 certificate GPA. Coursework in which a grade of “C” or lower is earned may not apply toward completion of the Certificate. If the course is required for the certificate, it must be repeated to earn a grade of “B” or better. Candidates for the Master of Arts in Gender,

Candidates for the Master of Arts in Gender, Race and Identity must also satisfy the general requirements of the Graduate School.

Apply to the program

Students currently enrolled in graduate programs at the University should discuss interest in the GRI program with your main adviser in your home department and obtain that person's permission to complete the certificate along with your existing program of study. In most cases, GRI courses can be counted toward both the certificate and main program requirements. Your main program adviser may also act as your faculty mentor in the GRI program if she or he is a GRI faculty associate. If you have any questions about how to integrate certificate courses into your program, contact the chair of the GRI Graduate Committee.

Submit the completed GRI Certificate Application form to the GRI Graduate Committee along with a copy of academic transcripts and a personal statement by either May 1 (to be considered for the following fall semester) or Nov. 1st (to be considered for the following spring semester).

Graduate Special students (not currently enrolled in the University)

Fill out the application form for admission as a Graduate Special student and take it to Admissions and Records for processing.

Complete the GRI Certificate Application Form and submit it to the GRI Graduate Committee along with a copy of your academic transcript and personal statement by May 1 (for Fall admission) or Nov. 1 (for Spring admission).

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