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.


15 credits as follows: 1

Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies
GEN&WS/​SOC  200 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer+ Studies3-4
Electives: 3 courses totaling at least 9 credits in LGBTQ+ Studies9
Race and Gender in Italian Early Modern Art
Topics in Theory (Queer)
Sex and Power in Greece and Rome
Topics in Classical Culture (Sex and Power)
Special Topics in Media and Cultural Studies (Sex)
Special Topics in Media and Cultural Studies (Gender)
Special Topics in Rhetoric and Public Address (Queer)
Literature, Gender, and Sexuality
Topic in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture (Gender & Sexuality)
Topic in American Literature and Culture since 1900 (Sexual Politics)
Topic in Contemporary Literature (Literature and HIV/AIDS)
Topic in Contemporary Literature (Queer Literature)
Topic in Literary or Cultural Theory (Cultural Theories)
Honors Seminar: Studies in Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
Special Topics in Gender, Women and the Humanities (Queer)
Special Topics in Gender, Women and Society (Queer)
Special Topics in Gender, Women and Society (Sexuality)
Special Topics in Gender, Women and Society (LGBTQ+)
Topics in LGBTQ Sexuality 2
Transgender Studies
Queer Bodies
Trans/Gender in Historical Perspective
Women and Gender in the Classical World
GEN&WS 410
Contemporary Queer Art and Visual Culture
Gender, Performance, and Sexuality
Introduction to Contemporary Feminist Theatre and Criticism
Gender, Sexuality, and the Media
GEN&WS 419
The Body in Theory
Queer of Color Critique
Special Topics in Feminist Theory (Queer)
Special Topics in Feminist Theory (Sexualities)
Race and Sexuality in American Literature
Feminism, Folklore and Comparative Literature
Sexuality, Modernity and Social Change
The History of the (American) Body
Special Topics in Gender and Biology (Queer)
Special Topics in Gender and Biology (LGBTQ+)
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
Theatre and Society
Advanced Seminar in LGBTQ+ Studies 3
GEN&WS 642 Advanced Seminar in LGBT Studies (LGBT Studies Capstone)3
Total Credits15-16


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


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. Knowledge of core concepts and debates in the interdisciplines of Gender and LGBTQ+ Studies, including: gender diversities and sexualities, cultural contexts, critical feminist, queer and race theories, disability & embodiment, epistemologies and methodologies, ethical and engaged practices in related fields of study and social life.
  2. Intellectual and practical skills relating to LGBTQ+ Studies, including: critical thinking and analysis, inquiry and research, written and oral communication, collaboration, creativities, leadership and career skills.
  3. Understanding relationships among the various fields of multi- and inter-disciplinary LGBTQ+ scholarship and the institutions that structure everyday life.
  4. Integrative learning demonstrated through the application of knowledge, skills and social engagement to new settings and complex research projects.

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.



Severino João Albuquerque, Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Chris Barcelos, Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Leslie Bow, Department of English

Stephanie Budge, Department of Counseling Psychology

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

Colleen Capper, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis

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 History

Ramzi Fawaz, Department of English

Cecilia Ford, 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

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

Susan Zaeske, Department of Communication Arts



Susan Nelson


Diane Walton


Nina Valeo Cooke