The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's women of color feminisms certificate is for students who have a strong interest in learning about the intellectual contributions and experiences of women of color but are not able to complete the requirements for a major or minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Courses across many fields such as history, psychology, sociology, feminist theory and literary studies examine the historical, systemic and interlocking structures and politics of gender, race, sexuality, class and nation in the lives of women of color. Learn how to broaden feminism’s definition and scope, build solidarity across minoritized communities and make feminism diverse and inclusive for all.
Students interested in careers that work with different populations such as international education, government or civil service, and community-organizing, may find this certificate particularly useful. However, the certificate is intentionally designed so that you can pick and choose the classes that are most relevant to your interests — making it an excellent addition to any major.
New perspectives. Through coursework and discussion, you will better understand the lived experiences of women of color and the impact of their work — including African American, Indigenous, Asian and Pacific Islander, Chicana, Latinx and more — in the U.S. and transnationally.
Customized studies. The majority of the women of color feminisms certificate is made up of courses chosen by you. This allows you to personalize your studies and focus on the topics that most interest you or best align with your career goals.
Critical thinking. After completing the certificate, you will have a solid understanding of the social workings of power, privilege and oppression across a range of cultures and experiences.
Inspire advocacy. Coursework throughout the program will address the struggles, resistances and achievements of women of color across a variety of scholarly disciplines, community organizing, advocacy and activism, and the visual and performing arts. This critical knowledge will provide you with tools and methods for applying non-oppressive practices in your daily life.
Curriculum throughout the women of color feminisms certificate highlights the role of race and ethnicity in the formation of gender and sexuality in the experiences of women of color. Courses examine a wide range of topics including systems of power; gender and racial justice; privilege and oppression across a range of cultures and experiences; and feminist, queer, and critical race theories and methodologies.
What classes do women of color feminisms students take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Socio-economic realities of women
- Intersectionality, identity and injustice
- Women and economic development
- Black psychology
- Transnational feminism
- Transgender activism
Learn more about the women of color feminisms certificate in the UWEC course catalog.
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