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Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies offers an advanced program of study grounded in contemporary issues and current scholarship. The program can be completed on its own or combined with a Masters of Arts in English.

The program is designed to serve both students preparing for further graduate study and working professionals. It is especially useful for teachers, who will gain strategies for navigating the gendered terrain of the classroom and addressing issues of bullying.

Five courses are required. Students will choose two of the following courses:

  • Gender, Culture, and Society
  • Gender Equity in the Classroom
  • Feminist Theories

The other three courses may be selected from a variety of graduate offerings.

Application requirements include: a completed application; two letters of recommendation; official transcripts; and an essay. Application deadline is August 1.

*Students already enrolled in the TCNJ English MA Program do not have to submit the above mentioned materials.  In order to add the Gender Certificate to your program of study, pick up an Application to “Add/Remove Graduate Certificate Endorsement” at the Records and Registration office in Green Hall.

The following Graduate courses are being offered in Fall 2013:

WGST 520 Gender Equity in the Classroom- Marla Jaksch – Wednesday – 5:00 – 7:30 pm

This course serves as an introduction to Gender Studies at the graduate level. It provides an overview of the major questions raised by the interdisciplinary study of gender and sexuality and the challenges it presents to traditional divisions of knowledge. We will privilege dialogue and process while assessing trends in the often tense, but overlapping, areas of feminist, LGBT and queer inquiry. Special attention is given to intersectional and international issues across a range of disciplines, including history, anthropology, psychoanalysis, sexology, critical theory, economics, law, cultural studies, literature, art, and film.

Fall  2013  English Graduate Courses that can be used to satisfy Gender Certificate electives:

ENGL 642 Victorian Literature: “Secrets, Lies, and Feelings” – Janet Gray – 5:00-7:30 pm
A readfest! From Anne Bronte’s secret-cloaked The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s plucky Aurora Leigh , we’ll indulge in the scandalous mayhem of Victorian sensation novels, meet Ella Hepworth Dixon’s new woman and Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved little princess, and wrap up with a feminist utopia imagined in the British Raj. Feminist and affective geography will provide our theoretical framework: spaces, places, affects, complex linkages between bounded spaces and elsewheres.

ENGL 654 20th Century American Literature: “Inter-American Women’s Autobiograph” – Lisa Ortiz-Vilarelle – 5:00-7:30 pm
A study of what feminist literary theorist Leigh Gilmore calls women’s “autobiographics” through a sampling of a wide range of self-reflexive genres and sub-genres authors have used to describe their experiences of womanhood in an Inter-American context.  Seminar participants will read 4-6 book-length autobiographical texts and attendant theory through which we will collectively explore innovations in life writing as well as innovations in conceptualizing lived experience in exile, immigration, military occupation, political intervention annexation and other intersections between the United States and Latin America.  Focus on acts of self-representation will allow to more deeply explore what it means to write oneself in between nations and in between genres.

ENGL 670 Special Topics: “Bodily Transgressions: Identity, Vision, and Performance” – Cassandra Jackson
This course will focus on identity-crossing experiments, with particular attention to blackness and gender. We will consider novels, poetry, memoirs, visual art, and performances that explore the notion of inhabiting, or rather enacting “others.” The course will span a wide variety of texts, such as Mythic Being, Adrian Piper’s performance of a black male persona from 1973-1975; The Black Notebooks, Toi Derricote’s diary of her experiences as visibly white black woman; and Brutal Imagination, Cornelius Eady’s book of poems that assume the voice of a black male kidnapper invented by a white woman, Susan Smith. Themes will include passing, minstrelsy, cross-dressing, and drag, which as many critics have argued, are all intimately connected by their demonstration of the culture’s investment in race and gender as fixed categories. Critical race theory and gender studies will provide the primary lenses for study. While this course will focus primarily on twentieth century works of art, it will transgress the usual boundaries of period by dipping periodically into the 19th century.


A Graduate Bulletin and application can be obtained online from the Graduate Studies website:


Further program information can be obtained by contacting Ann Marie Nicolosi, PhD

Graduate Program Coordinator, Women’s and Gender Studies Dept.