This interdisciplinary and intersectional certificate explores the importance of transgender lives and communities in society. Trans voices are centered, and courses range from considering trans activism, trans histories, trans lives within social institutions, literary works by trans authors, decolonizing transgender experiences, and imagining trans futures.
Using trans, feminist, and queer critical perspectives, we pay specific attention to the diversity of trans lives and experiences addressing gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, Indigeneity, class, disability, and embodiment. The certificate focuses on social change and social justice for trans lives, addressing inequities, inequalities, empowerment, and resilience. The certificate prepares students to work in a variety of fields addressing trans lives.
Students interested in developing deep academic and activist understandings about transgender lives, communities, and social issues will thrive in this certificate. If you hope to enhance your ability to inspire positive change in your career and communities, this is for you. Whether you earn this certificate in conjunction with any undergraduate major or as a standalone certificate, a certificate in Transgender Studies can set up an applicant apart from others.
Take core classes and choose electives that meet your interests in transgender studies. Course work can be completed over two years as a standalone certificate, or over the course of earning a degree. Coursework rotates on a 2-year cycle.
Capstone and Degree Integration
Whether working in health, education, business, or any other field, understanding trans lives is integral to our society. A certificate in Transgender Studies provides interdisciplinary knowledge and skills that can enhance a wide range of field-specific studies and make a graduate more agile and competitive on the job market.