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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.

Fall 2021

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, GWS 538: LGBTQ+ Health/Care in the Americas

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.

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 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.

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 will be available in Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) in spring 2022.


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

The LGBTQ+ Studies Program's celebration of May and August graduates is posted below. The GSCC hosted Rainbow Graduation on Thursday, May 6 from 6 to 7:30 pm (find the link below).