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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.

The program requires 15 credits in LGBTQ+ Studies. Learn more about the requirements for the undergraduate certificate in LGBTQ+ Studies.

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.

Apply in the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) by Monday, April 12. Please let me know if you have questions about preparing your application materials.

Declare LGBTQ+ Studies Certificate

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Review the Program Requirements

In Guide, find more information about the course requirements for the LGBTQ+ Studies program before scheduling an advising appointment.

Meet with the LGBTQ+ Studies advisor (in Microsoft Teams)

Meet with the undergraduate advisor in LGBTQ+ Studies to plan courses, discuss study abroad options, and discover involvement opportunities on campus and in the community. Please use Starfish to schedule an advising appointment. You will receive an invitation to meet in Microsoft Teams just before your appointment. Send a quick email to Susan Nelson at susan.nelson@wisc.edu if you have questions about how to do any of this.

Declare the LGBTQ+ Studies certificate (online)

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

Fall 2021

Fall 2021 Courses: GWS 200: Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies, History 275: Civil Rights and Queer History, GWS 340: Queer and Trans Cinema, GWS 340: Queering Eco-Feminism, GWS 343: Queer Bodies, GWS 350: Queer Memoir, Queer Art, GWS 351: Women and Gender in the Classical World, GWS 534: Gender, Sexuality, and Reproduction

Note: History 275: Civil Rights and Queer History is a FIG course in fall 2021.

Summer Courses

Questions about new courses?

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 whether it meets the program criteria.

Graduation

Undergraduate certificates are automatically posted to your transcript upon graduation by the Office of the Registrar based on completion in DARS.

Please confirm that your certificate is complete (all ‘green text’) in DARS after you enroll for your final semester.

Commencement

Celebrating LGBTQ+ Studies Graduates

The LGBTQ+ Studies Program's celebration of May and August graduates will be posted here in the days ahead of graduation on May 8. The GSCC hosts Rainbow Graduation on Thursday, May 6 from 6 to 7:30 pm (see the link below).

RAINBOW GRADUATION LIVE