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College of Arts & Sciences
Women’s & Gender Studies

Graduate Program

Graduate Program

University of South Carolina's graduate program in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) is dedicated to promoting knowledge about women, gender, sexuality, and diversity. As part of the oldest and largest interdisciplinary program at USC, our graduate program benefits from deeply established ties to scholarly and activist communities across the campus, the city, the region, and the nation.

The program features a multidisciplinary faculty, curriculum, and student body, and offers a range of opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship, professional development, and community involvement.

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The Certificate:

Drawing from our multi-disciplinary curriculum and faculty (representing more than 50 departments and 11 schools and colleges), the WGST Graduate Certificate complements diverse areas of study and professional development. The Certificate can be completed in conjunction with a master’s or doctoral degree program in another discipline. It is also available as a stand-alone postbaccalaureate program for full-time students and for working professionals. This valuable credential is widely recognized by hiring committees in academic and non-academic professions. HOW TO APPLY FAQ

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Contact Information:

WGST Graduate Director, Dr. J. Daniel Jenkins, 

Events Calendar:

WGST sponsors a variety of scholarly, professional, and social events every semester. Our annual conference and research lecture series provide intellectual stimulation throughout the year.

Feminist Community:

WGST can connect you to feminist communities both on and off campus. In our classes and programs you will encounter a network of feminist graduate scholars from all parts of campus. By becoming involved in outreach projects like the Women’s Well Being Initiative, you will join forces with community activists in Columbia, West Columbia, and beyond.

Graduate Assistantships:


WGST Teaching and Research Assistantships are available every semester to students enrolled in the WGST Graduate Certificate Degree program. These provide financial support and valuable professional experience.

Fellowships and Awards:

Every semester, WGST presents research fellowships, travel grants, and awards to students enrolled in our Graduate Certificate program and courses. Recently funded projects include fieldwork in Ghana focusing on cervical cancer awareness, an examination of women's voting patterns, a short story collection about gender and sexuality in South Korea, a study of prenatal health care disparities in South Carolina, and a theoretical investigation of hip hop feminism.