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LGBTQ+ Studies Certificate

The LGBTQ+ Studies Certificate Program, housed administratively in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, is a campus-wide 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.

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

Declare the LGBTQ+ Studies Certificate

  • Review the LGBTQ+ Studies Program Requirements

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

  • Undergraduate Advising in LGBTQ+ Studies

    During an advising appointment, you can plan courses, discuss study abroad opportunities, and consider involvement on campus and in the community.

    You can schedule an advising appointment online using the Scheduling Assistant; drop-in advising is every Tuesday from 2 to 4 pm. There will be no drop-ins during winter break; drop-in advising will resume the first week of classes in January 2019.

    Also, you are welcome to contact the undergraduate advisor, Susan Nelson, by email ( with quick advising questions.

LGBTQ+ Studies Courses

Authorization for Gen&WS 642

LGBTQ+ Studies certificates only

Enrolling in Gen&WS 642: Advanced Seminar in LGBT Studies requires advance authorization. Please complete this authorization form. You will receive an email from Diane Walton ( confirming your authorization and you will then have 1 week to enroll in Gen&WS 642.

Found a course that you think should count toward the LGBTQ+ Studies certificate?

Please contact the Undergraduate Advisor for LGBTQ+ Studies.

The Department of Gender & Women’s Studies will evaluate the syllabus to determine whether it meets program criteria.

New topics course in LGBTQ+ Studies

Gen&WS 340: Trans Studies: Scholarly and Community Perspectives

This course introduces students to the expanding interdisciplinary field of transgender studies by situating trans identities, experiences, communities, and movements in their historical and social contexts. The course examines how categories like “trans” and “transgender” have been shaped by political, medical, and community-based discourses and how these discourses continue to play out. Using a range of theoretical lenses, we’ll explore how trans lives and bodies are produced and experienced in and through systems of gender, racism, colonization, ableism, and medicalization. Key to our inquiry will be the implications of trans political movements, increased visibility in media and culture, and the institutionalization of trans studies as a discipline.

This course is appropriate for students who are new to trans issues as well as students who have academic and/or personal experience with the topic.

Graduation in LGBTQ+ Studies

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 after you enroll for your final semester.

Commencement Ceremonies

Spring commencement is Saturday, May 11, 2019. Tell your family and friends about the Gender and Women’s Studies and LGBTQ+ Studies Spring Graduation Reception in May 2019 in Sterling Hall.

Join us for breakfast, spend some time with GWS faculty and staff, and eat donuts. We will send you off in style!