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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.

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

LGBTQ+ Studies Courses

Have you 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.

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 12, 2018.

Tell your family and friends about the Gender and Women’s Studies and LGBTQ+ Studies Spring Graduation Reception, Saturday, May 12th, 2018 at 9:30 am in Sterling Hall.

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