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Certificate in LGBTQ+ Studies

The LGBTQ+ Studies Certificate Program, housed in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, is open to students in any major. The program is interdisciplinary; certificate courses come from art history, counseling psychology, literature, history, sociology, medical history, as well as from gender and women’s studies.

Fall 2022

Summer Term

  • Gen&WS 200: Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies
  • Counseling Psych 332: Gender and Queer Issues in Psychology

Questions about new courses?

Have you found a course that should count toward the LGBTQ+ Studies certificate? Please contact the undergraduate advisor; the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies will evaluate the syllabus to determine if the course meets program criteria.


Are you looking for LGBTQ+ faculty and staff mentors? Browse the OutPages. This directory (hosted by theOutPages logo: an open book and rainbow Gender and Sexuality Campus Center) can also help you select courses across programs, not just in LGTBQ+ Studies.

Declare LGBTQ+ Studies Certificate

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Meet with the LGBTQ+ Studies advisor

Meet with the advisor in LGBTQ+ Studies to plan courses, discuss study abroad, and discover involvement opportunities. Please use Starfish to schedule an advising appointment (in Sterling Hall or on Zoom). Send an email to Susan Nelson at if you have questions about how to do any of this.

Review the Program Requirements

Find more information about the course requirements for the LGBTQ+ Studies program before scheduling an advising appointment.

Declare the LGBTQ+ Studies certificate

Complete this quick form to declare the LGBTQ+ Studies certificate. Please contact the undergraduate advisor with questions about course planning.

Scholarship in LGBTQ+ Studies

David A. Kaplan and Glenn A. Ostergaard, and the Brautigam/Kaplan Foundation have funded a new scholarship in LGBTQ+ Studies. To be eligible for this $1,000 scholarship, you must be a UW-Madison student in good standing and declared in the LGBTQ+ Studies program. The application requires your resume, your UW-Madison transcript, and a short essay describing a meaningful experience, insight, or class in LGBTQ+ Studies.

The application is available and open in the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH); application materials must be completed by November 15, 2021.


Undergraduate certificates are automatically posted to your transcript upon graduation by the Office of the Registrar based on completion via DARS. Please confirm that your certificate is complete (all ‘green text’) in DARS when you enroll for your final semester.


Celebrating LGBTQ+ Studies Graduates

Spring commencement is is Saturday, May 14. LGBTQ+ Studies will celebrate graduates with crafting, cupcakes, and gifts on Wednesday, May 11 from 11 am to 1:30 pm in 3401 Sterling Hall.

RSVP below.

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