Program in Women's Studies College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Program in Women's Studies College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
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Graduate Programs at Stony Brook University

A member of the State University of New York network, Stony Brook University serves nearly 8,000 graduate students. Stony Brook University is a top ranked research institution. U.S. News and World Report ranks it as one of the 100 best national universities in the United States. The Chronicle of Higher Education has designated the university as one of the 20 most productive research universities in the United States.

Cutting-edge research facilities, an accomplished faculty, and a full-range of educational resources all support a rigorous graduate certificate program in women's and gender studies.

Graduate Certificate Program in Women's and Gender Studies

The graduate certificate program in Women's and Gender Studies at Stony Brook explores the interdisciplinary fields of feminist theory and gender and sexuality studies. The program seeks to engage doctoral students, independent scholars, and writers in the questioning of disciplinary knowledge paradigms by investigating how individuals come to know what they know and who gets to speak and for whom. By involving students in self-reflexive inquiry of history, status, knowledge, methodologies, and goals, the program prepares them for the disciplinary and interdisciplinary transformation of the 21st century.

The Free Standing Graduate Certificate

A part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Women's and Gender Studies program offers a graduate certificate program to students who have been accepted into other graduate programs such as English, history, music, psychology, sociology, or theatre. The university also offers a "free standing graduate certificate" program that allows students to apply to Stony Brook's Graduate School directly and enroll into the Women's Studies program.

Graduate Certificate Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 15 credits in courses to earn a graduate certificate in Women's Studies. Three courses are required: Histories and Methods of Gender Studies; Feminist Theories; and Teaching Practicum in Gender Studies, an interdisciplinary research colloquium. The remaining 6 credits may be chosen from a list of approved courses.

Students may arrange directed readings to meet one elective requirement in cases where a course on a topic of interest is not available.

A Strong and Diverse Faculty

The faculty members for the Women's and Gender Studies program are renowned artists, scholars, scientists, art historians, researchers, and authors, pulled from more than 20 different programs in the humanities, health science, and social and behavioral science. They contribute to scholarship while serving in leadership positions within social, cultural, and academic organizations.

Professor Marci Lobel serves as Principal Investigator of the Stony Brook Pregnancy Project, federally-funded studies researching prenatal maternal stress and its impact on infant and maternal outcomes. Lobel further works with teams of investigators in Georgia, South Carolina, Iowa, Virginia, South Carolina, and other states to study the effect of domestic violence in pregnancy and to evaluate interventions. Her research is widely published and widely cited in the popular media.

Dr. Robyn DeLuca researches determinants of postpartum depression and childbirth satisfaction. She has served as the Faculty Director of the Living Learning Center in Human Sexual and Gender Development and the Executive Director of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program.

Professors Lisa Diedrich and Victoria Hesford collaborated on "Feminist Time Against Nation Time (Lexington, 2008)," which examines the tensions between nationalism and feminism during times of war. Professor Mary Jo Bona has authored "By the Breath of Their Mouths: Narratives of Resistance in Italian America" and "Claiming a Tradition: Italian American Women Writers," the first book-length study of Italian American women writers.

Professor Ritch Calvin's interest in feminist science fiction has led him to serve as the President of the Science Fiction Research Association. He is also the Associate Editor of FEMSPEC, a journal of feminist criticism and creative works.

Lou Charnon Deutsch has published two books examining gender and representation in well-known 19th century male authored texts and is currently researching systems of representation in popular Spanish Culture. She is the past President of Feministas Unidas and currently serves on the MLA Executive Committee of the Division on Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Spanish Literature.

Women's and Gender Studies Curriculum

The Women's and Gender Studies curriculum at Stony Brook draws upon the expertise of faculty affiliates from the philosophy, English, art, history, comparative studies, Hispanic languages, and literature departments. The program offers studies of women in British, American, and Caribbean literature; European and Latin American women's history; women in the Third World; women in science and medicine; and queer studies.

In addition, the program offers courses in the psychology of women, constructions of the body, feminism and modern drama, women and social movements, music and gender, the history and literature of reproduction, and the sociology of gender, and many other topics.

Financial Assistance at Stony Brook

Because Stony Brook U. is committed to helping its students achieve their academic goals, it provides a number of financial resources. Teaching and graduate assistantships, fellowships, tuition scholarships, and support for summer research are available. In addition, graduate students may qualify for federal student loans.

Stony Brook University and its Community

The university, which is located in Stony Brook, New York in the northeastern region of the United States, has more than 1,900 faculty members and nearly 8,000 graduate students who hail from various parts of the world. It provides a culturally diverse community that offers a wide range of mentorship, advisement, and networking opportunities, as well as a wide-variety of recreational, social, and entertainment options.

Location & Contact

Program in Women's Studies

College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. Robert Harvey


Phone: 631-632-7460
Fax: 631-632-5707

Prof. Lisa Diedrich

Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: 631-632-1765
Fax: 632-5707

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Degrees & Award

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    • Women's Studies Certificate
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    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
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