Undergraduate students at Tulane can earn a certificate in Gender-Based Violence through the Tulane School of Liberal Arts.
Many students already dedicate time to working on the issue outside of class through service as members of Sexual Aggression Peer Hotline and Education (SAPHE) or as Peer Health Educators (TUPHEs), as members of the All In student coalition, or as interns in the Title IX office, or at The Well. This certificate offers a curricular complement to that work.
Those in human resources, law, counseling, and medical professions (nurses, doctors, physical therapists, dentists) all engage with victims/survivors of gender-based violence and could benefit from this certificate program.
Speak to your academic advisor about declaring your intent to pursue the certificate.
To receive a certificate in gender-based violence, students must complete 12 credits from an established list of eligible courses. Students must take one course from Tier One, one course from Tier Two, and two courses from Tier Three.
Tier One: One of the following two courses
- GESS 1900: Sex, Power, and Culture
- SOCI 1010: Sexualities and Society
Tier Two: One of the following three courses
- SPHU 3500: Public Health Approach to Sexual Violence*
- POLS 4200: The Politics of Rape*
- HISU 6350: History of Gender-Based Violence in the United States
*pre-reqs for these classes can be waived for students pursuing the certificate. Contact the faculty member to ask for a waiver to allow registration.
Tier Three: two of the following sixteen courses
- AFRS 3200 Sexual Politics in South Africa
- COMM 3310 Communication for Feminist Activism
- HISU 2400 Women & Gender in the U.S. to 1864
- HISU 2410 Women & Gender in the U.S. since 1861
- HISU 2500 Gender, Sexuality, and the Law
- HISU 6260 New Directions in Women’s History
- HISU 6350 History of Gender Violence in the U.S.*
- MUSC 2164 Women Die in Opera
- PSDV 3010 Gender and Development
- PSDV 4330 Post-Conflict Development
- PSDV 4200 Women and Development in Africa
- POLI 4010 Women and War
- POLS 4200 The Politics of Rape*
- SOWK 1000 Trauma! A Survey Course
- SOWK 2100 Family Trauma: A Survey Course
- SOWK 2510 Making Meaning of Trauma
- SPHU 3500 Public Health Approach to Sexual Violence*
- THEA 4420 Theatre as Preventative to Address Toxicity and Promote Social Change on Campus
*These classes can count for tier three only if not used to count for tier two. For example, if you take POLS 4200 for the Tier 2 requirement, you can then take SPHU 3500 for the Tier 3 requirement
Special topics courses that might count towards the certificate will be approved for elective credit on a case-by-case basis. In order for a course to count towards the certificate, it must include at least 2 weeks/6 hours of content about gender-based violence.
View the Certificate Requirements Checklist.
Other courses may be approved for elective credit on a case-by-case basis by submitting a Degree Audit Substitution request form to your faculty advisor. Students with last names ending in A through K should contact Dr. Lisa Wade, (email@example.com) and students with last names ending in L through Z should contact Dr. Gretchen Clum (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We recommend, where appropriate, that students also complete an honors thesis, independent study research paper, internship, and/or Center for Public Service (CPS) service-learning project on gender-based violence to strengthen their portfolio.
Goals and Learning Outcomes
The Gender-Based Violence Certificate has three tiers of course requirements. Each tier layers onto a goal and a related learning outcome.
Goal: To provide an intellectual foundation for the study of gender-based violence by introducing students to a social science of gender and sexuality.
Learning Outcome: Students will be able to describe the phenomenon of gender-based violence in light of social scientific theories of gender and sexuality.
Required Course: One of the two Tier One courses.
Goal: To ground students’ understanding of gender-based violence in one discipline’s academic tradition.
Learning Outcome: Students will be able to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of one discipline’s approach to understanding gender-based violence.
Required Course: One of the three Tier Two courses.
Goal: To provide students an opportunity to learn how gender-based violence manifests in specific social contexts.
Learning Outcome: Students will be able to explain why and how gender-based violence emerges and develops in real-life situations.
Required Courses: Two of the Tier Three courses.
Gretchen Clum, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Dr. Clum (email@example.com) advises students with last names L through Z.
Lisa Wade, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sociology, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Newcomb Institute. Dr. Wade (firstname.lastname@example.org) advises students with last names A through K.
Sally J. Kenney, Ph.D., Professor, Political Science
Karissa Haugeberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History
- Laura Rosanne Adderley, Ph.D., Associate Professor, History
- Aaron Armelie, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
- Angela Breidenstine, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
- Amy Chaffee, MFA, Assistant Professor, Theatre
- Claudia Chavez Arguelles, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Anthropology
- Krystal Cleary, Professor of Practice, Communication and Gender and Sexuality Studies
- Gretchen Clum, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
- Julia Fleckman, Ph.D., Research Professor, Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
- Samantha Francois, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
- Catherine Hancock, JD, Geoffrey C. Bible & Murray H. Bring Professor of Constitutional Law
- Karissa Haugeberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History
- Z'étoile Imma, Ph.D., Michael S. Field Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies
- Sally J. Kenney, Ph.D., Professor, Political Science
- Mike Kuczynski, Ph.D., Professor of English
- Nghana Lewis, Ph.D., Professor of English and Africana Studies
- Jana Lipman, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History
- Laura Helen Marks, Ph.D., Professor of the Practice, English
- Adeline Masquilier, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology
- Kathy Oquelí McGraw, Ph.D., MPH, LCSW-BACS, LAC, LPP, Director of Field Education & Clinical Assistant Professor
- Catherine McKinley, Ph.D., LMSW, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
- Jenny Mercein, MFA, Assistant Professor, Theatre
- Ebony Perro, Ph.D., Professor of the Practice, English
- Denese Shervington, MD, Ph.D., School of Medicine
- Selamawit D. Terrefe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, English
- Lisa Wade, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Sociology, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Newcomb Institute
- Maeve Wallace, Ph.D. MPH, Assistant Professor, Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences, Associate Director, Mary Amelia Center for Women’s Health Equity Research
- Ashley Weir, LCSW-BACS, ACSW, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Director, Forensic Sexual Behavior Program, School of Medicine
For more information:
Gretchen Clum, Ph.D., co-director, advises students with last names starting with L through Z. You can contact her at email@example.com.
Lisa Wade, Ph.D., co-director, advises students with last names starting with A through K. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.