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 must be declared by meeting with the LGBTQ+ studies undergraduate advisor as early as possible in the certificate program and before completing requirements.


The certificate requires 15 credits distributed as follows: 1

Introduction to LGBT Studies
GEN&WS/​SOC  200 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer+ Studies3-4
3 courses and 9 credits in LGBT Studies9
Women and Gender in the Classical World
Sex and Power in Greece and Rome
Gender, Sexuality, and the Media
Gender and Language
Race and Sexuality in American Literature
Feminism, Folklore and Comparative Literature
Honors Seminar: Studies in Gender, Sex, and Sexuality
Topics in LGBTQ Sexuality 2
Transgender Studies
Queer Bodies
Introduction to Contemporary Feminist Theatre and Criticism
Lesbian Culture
The Body in Theory
Gender, Sexuality, and Reproduction: Public Health Perspectives
Trans/Gender in Historical Perspective
Sexuality, Modernity and Social Change
The History of the (American) Body
Topics in LGBT History 2
Women and Gender in the U.S. Since 1870
Gender, Performance, and Sexuality
Race and Gender in Italian Early Modern Art
Topics in Theory (Queer)
Topics in Classical Culture (Sex and Power)
Special Topics in Rhetoric and Public Address (Queer)
Special Topics in Media and Cultural Studies (Gender, Sex)
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 (Queer Literature)
Topic in Contemporary Literature (Literature and HIV/AIDS)
Topic in Literary or Cultural Theory (Cultural Theories)
Special Topics in Gender, Women and the Humanities (Gender )
Special Topics in Gender, Women and the Humanities (Queer)
Special Topics in Gender, Women and Society (Queer)
Queer of Color Critique
Special Topics in Feminism and Social and Cultural Theory (Queer)
Special Topics in Feminism and Social and Cultural Theory (Sexualities)
The Medical History of Sex and Sexuality
Special Topics in Women and Health (Queer)
Queering Sexuality Education
The Medical History of Sex and Sexuality
Theatre and Society
Advanced Seminar in LGBT 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.

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.


Please visit the undergraduate advisor's calendar for the LGBTQ+ certificate to make an appointment. To declare a major or certificate, please plan on a 15-minute appointment. Otherwise, schedule the time of a meeting according to your needs. Drop-in advising is available Wednesdays from noon to 2 p.m. Please visit Sterling Hall, room 3312.

There is no undergraduate advising available over the summer in LGBTQ+ studies.

Please note: For students also declared for the gender and women's studies major or certificate, a maximum 6 credits may apply to both programs.



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Leslie Bow, Department of English

Chris Barcelos, Department 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

Suzanne Desan, Department of History

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 and Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore

April HaynesDepartment of History

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

Aida Levy-Hussen, Department of English and Department of Afro-American Studies

Susan Johnson, Department of History

J. Mark Kenoyer, Department of Anthropology

B. Venkat Mani, Department of German

Laura McClure, Department of Classics

Michael Jay McClure, Department of Art History

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



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