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Gender and Women’s Studies Certificate

Gender and Women’s Studies courses emphasize critical thinking in an interdisciplinary context. Students learn about the ways that the meanings assigned to “gender” shape our understandings of other academic disciplines and everyday life.  Social policy, politics, family, health, and sexuality are just a few of the areas critically addressed in Gender and Women’s Studies.

The Gender and Women’s Studies certificate welcomes undergraduates and special students in a degree seeking program and requires 15 credits of course work.  Within the framework described below, students can tailor the certificate to reflect their interests, complement their major, or plan for graduate or professional school.

Students should meet with the undergraduate advisor to track their progress and discuss opportunities for involvement on campus and in the community. Learn more about the requirements for the undergraduate certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies.

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Meet with the GWS advisor (in Microsoft Teams)

Meet with the undergraduate advisor to plan courses, learn how you can get involved on campus and in the community, and discuss study abroad. Please use Starfish to schedule an advising appointment. You will receive an invitation for a remote meeting 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 GWS certificate (online)

Please review the requirements for the undergraduate certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies before you complete the online declaration form. You will know that your declaration has been processed when you receive a welcome email from the GWS undergraduate advisor.


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

Commencement was Saturday, May 8. See our celebration of graduates below and on our social media.

Alexandra Adams, Yanika Davis and Samantha Adams take a group photo before UW-Madison's spring commencement ceremony at Camp Randall Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on May 12, 2018.