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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.

Spring 2022

  • Sociology/Gen&WS 200: Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies
  • Gen&WS 340: Queer Locations
  • Gen&WS 344: Bi/Pan/Asexuality: Community and Representation
  • Gen&WS 350: Transnational Queer and Trans* Literatures of the Americas
  • Gen&WS 361: Sex and Gender in Greece and Rome
  • Gen&WS 418: Gender, Sexuality, and the Media
  • English 457: The Queer and Feminist 1970s
  • English 559: On Groundlessness (Queer Popular Culture Studies)
  • Social Work 639: GLBT Individuals and Social Welfare

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.

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 Zoom). Send a quick 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 in DARS.

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


Celebrating LGBTQ+ Studies Graduates

Winter commencement is scheduled for Sunday, December 19, 2021 at 10 am. Check back here for details about how the Department of Gender and Women's Studies will celebrate graduates.