LGBTQ+ Studies


The LGBTQ+ Studies certificate, housed in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, is 15 credits/5 courses and 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 2024 Courses

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.

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 in the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH).


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 scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2024 at 12pm. Find details at the link below.

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