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 undergraduate advisor and completing the declaration form. 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+ Studies||3-4|
|Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer+ Studies|
|Social Science Course in LGBTQ+ Studies||3|
|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|
|Queering Sexuality Education|
|Special Topics in LGBTQ+ Health|
|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|
|Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Individuals and Social Welfare|
|Humanities Course in LGBTQ+ Studies||3|
|Race and Gender in Italian Early Modern Art|
|Race and Sexuality in American Literature|
|Special Topics in Gender & Literature ((Queer))|
|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|
|Trans/Gender in Historical Perspective|
|Special Topics in Gender and Visual Culture (Queer)|
|Contemporary Queer Art and Visual Culture|
|The Body in Theory|
|Special Topics in Feminist Theory (Queer)|
|The History of the (American) Body|
|Topics in LGBT History|
|Trans/Gender in Historical Perspective|
|Sexuality, Modernity and Social Change|
|Sexual Politics in Scandinavia|
|Introduction to Contemporary Feminist Theatre and Criticism|
|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+)|
No more than two Elementary level courses, including GEN&WS/SOC 200, can count for the LGBTQ+ Studies certificate. Courses taken on a pass/fail basis will not satisfy certificate requirements.
Residence & 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.
- Demonstrate interdisciplinary understanding of core concepts and debates in LGBTQ+ Studies.
- Demonstrate the practical skills related to LGBTQ+ Studies, such as critical thinking and analysis, inquiry, and written and oral communication.
- Understand the interdisciplinary nature of LGBTQ+ Studies research, and connect this scholarship to the institutions that shape everyday life.
- Develop LGBTQ+ Studies knowledge, skills, and social engagement and demonstrate how these ideas can be applied to new settings, ideas, and understandings.
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.
L&S career resources
Every L&S major opens a world of possibilities. SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students turn the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and other coursework into fulfilling lives after graduation, whether that means jobs, public service, graduate school or other career pursuits.
In addition to providing basic support like resume reviews and interview practice, SuccessWorks offers ways to explore interests and build career skills from their very first semester/term at UW all the way through graduation and beyond.
Students can explore careers in one-on-one advising, try out different career paths, complete internships, prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications, and connect with supportive alumni and even employers in the fields that inspire them.
- Set up a career advising appointment
- Enroll in a Career Course - a great idea for first- and second-year students:
- Learn about internships and internship funding
- INTER-LS 260 Internship in the Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Activate your Handshake account to apply for jobs and internships from 200,000+ employers recruiting UW-Madison students
- Learn about the impact SuccessWorks has on students' lives
LGBTQ+ Studies Program Faculty: