The LGBTQ+ Studies Certificate Program, housed administratively in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, is a campuswide program open to students in any major. Courses that count toward this interdisciplinary certificate come from a wide range of fields including literature, history, sociology, medical history, as well as from gender and women's studies, which is in itself an interdisciplinary field. This certificate can compliment many other programs and plans across campus, including, but not limited to gender and women's studies. New courses are added to the program each semester.

Intent to pursue the certificate can be declared by meeting with the LGBTQ+ Studies undergraduate advisor. Declaring the certificate as early as possible allows students to best align certificate coursework with their interests.

Requirements for the LGBTQ+ Studies certificate

15 credits as follows: 1

Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies3-4
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer+ Studies
Social Science Course in LGBTQ+ Studies3
Gender, Sexuality, and the Media
Gender and Queer Issues in Psychology
Honors Seminar: Studies in Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
Special Topics in Gender, Women and Society (Queer)
Special Topics in Gender, Women and Society (Sexuality)
Topics in LGBTQ Sexuality 2
Bi/Pan/Asexuality: Community & Representation
Queer of Color Critique
Special Topics in Feminist Theory (Queer) 2
Gender, Sexuality, and Reproduction: Public Health Perspectives
Queering Sexuality Education
Special Topics in Gender and Health (Queer)
Special Topics in Gender and Health (LGBTQ+)
Topics in LGBT History 2
Women and Gender in the U.S. Since 1870
Humanities Course in LGBTQ+ Studies3
Race and Gender in Italian Early Modern Art
Race and Sexuality in American Literature
Women and Gender in the Classical World
Sex and Power in Greece and Rome
Literature, Gender, and Sexuality
Feminism, Folklore and Comparative Literature
Special Topics in Gender, Women and the Humanities (Queer)
Topics in LGBTQ Sexuality
Transgender Studies
Queer Bodies
Trans/Gender in Historical Perspective
Special Topics in Gender and Visual Culture (Queer)
Contemporary Queer Art and Visual Culture
Gender, Performance, and Sexuality
The Body in Theory
Special Topics in Feminist Theory (Queer)
The History of the (American) Body
Trans/Gender in Historical Perspective
Sexuality, Modernity and Social Change
Introduction to Contemporary Feminist Theatre and Criticism
Theatre and Society
Electives in LGBTQ+ Studies (Humanities, Social Science, or other listed below)6
Special Topics in Gender and Biology (Queer)
Special Topics in Gender and Biology (LGBTQ+)
Special Topics in LGBTQ+ Health
Total Credits15

Residence and Quality of Work

  • 2.000 GPA in all GEN&WS courses and all certificate courses
  • 8 certificate credits In Residence


Certificate Completion Requirement

This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.

The LGBTQ+ Studies certificate program developed the following learning outcomes for undergraduate certificate students:

  1. Demonstrate interdisciplinary understanding of core concepts and debates in LGBTQ+ Studies.
  2. Demonstrate the practical skills related to LGBTQ+ Studies, such as critical thinking and analysis, inquiry, and written and oral communication.
  3. Understand the interdisciplinary nature of LGBTQ+ Studies research, and connect this scholarship to the institutions that shape everyday life.
  4. Develop LGBTQ+ Studies knowledge, skills, and social engagement and demonstrate how these ideas can be applied to new settings, ideas, and understandings.

Undergraduate Advising in LGBTQ+ Studies

Connecting and working with the undergraduate advisor in LGBTQ+ studies as early as possible helps you create a meaningful course plan and stay on track as you complete the certificate requirements.

The undergraduate advisor is available to consult on a variety of topics including: declaring the certificate, course selection, study abroad, volunteer and internship opportunities on campus and in the community, applying to graduate programs, and preparing for the job market after graduation.



Leslie Bow, Department of English

Stephanie Budge, Department of Counseling Psychology

Anna Campbell, Department of of Gender and Women's Studies

Jill Casid, Department of Art History and Department Gender and Women's Studies

Russ Castronovo, Department of English

Laurie Beth Clark, Department of Art

Alex Dressler, Department of Classics

Finn Enke, Department of History and Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Nan Enstad, Department of Community and Environmental Sociology

Ramzi Fawaz, Department of English

Christine Garlough, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies

April HaynesDepartment of History

Judith Houck, Department of Medical History and Bioethics and Department of Gender and Women's Studies

J. Mark Kenoyer, Department of Anthropology

B. Venkat Mani, Department of German

Laura McClure, Department of Classics

James McMaster, Department of Asian American Studies and Gender and Women's Studies

Michael Peterson, Department of Theatre and Drama

Mary Lou Roberts, Department of History

Ellen Samuels, Departments of English and Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Sami Schalk, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Jess Waggoner, Department of English and Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Claire Wendland, Department of Anthropology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Department of Medical History and Bioethics

Susan Zaeske, Department of Communication Arts


Academic Advising: Susan Nelson

Curricular Planning: Nina Valeo Cooke