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.
Note: History 275: Civil Rights and Queer History is a FIG course in fall 2021.
- GWS 200: Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies
- Counseling Psychology 332: Gender and Queer Issues in Psychology
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
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 email@example.com 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.
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).