Course Requirements

GEN&WS 800 Research Methods in Gender & Women's Studies3
Two GEN&WS courses at the 300 level or above6
Total Credits9

Additional Program Information

  • Enrollment in a graduate program at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
  • Students enrolled in courses at the 300–600 level should inform the instructor that they are taking the course for a graduate-level certificate and will complete additional readings/assignments consistent with expectations for a graduate student.
  • 6 credits must be in residence at UW–Madison. A maximum of 3 credits may be transferred from other institutions.
  • Directed study (GEN&WS 699 , GEN&WS 799 , GEN&WS 999 ) and colloquia courses may not be used toward the certificate.
  • A 3.0 grade is the minimum for courses counting toward the certificate. All courses must be taken for a letter grade (no pass/fail courses).
  • Graduate students may not earn both a Option A minor and graduate/professional certificate in Gender and Women's Studies.
  1. Demonstrate interdisciplinary understanding of major theories, methods, and debates in Gender and Women’s Studies.
  2. Demonstrate the practical skills related to Gender and Women’s Studies, such as critical thinking and intersectional analysis, critical literature review; research methods, and written and oral communication.
  3. Understand the interdisciplinary nature of Gender and Women’s Studies and the ways these relate to theoretical and methodological shifts in the field as well as to the institutions that shape everyday life.
  4. Develop Gender and Women’s Studies knowledge, skills, and social engagement and demonstrate how these ideas can be applied to new settings, ideas, and understandings.


Professors Jill Casid, Finn Enke, Christine Garlough, Jenny Higgins, Judith Houck, Janet Hyde, Pernille Ipsen, Maria LepowskyEllen Samuels, Aili Mari Tripp

Associate Professors Anna Campbell, Keisha Lindsay Sami Schalk, Kate Walsh

Assistant Professors Ruth Goldstein, LiLi Johnson, James McMaster, Annie Menzel, Benjamin Mier-Cruz, Marwa Shalaby, Jess Waggoner, Kelly Ward

Faculty Affiliates: See the GEN&WS Faculty Affiliates for more information about instructors on campus who are engaged in feminist-inspired teaching and research.


See the current semester's GEN&WS Lecturers and Teaching Assistants directory.

graduate Student SErvices

Director of Graduate Studies: Pernille Ipsen

Graduate Coordinator: José Ramirez

Curricular Planning: Nina Valeo Cooke