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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 advisor

The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies is currently hiring an undergraduate advisor. Until we have a new advisor in place, please complete the form linked below with your advising questions. A GWS staff person will contact you as soon as we can. Thanks very much for your patience.

Submit Advising Questions Here

Learn about the requirements

Learn about the requirements for the Gender and Women’s Studies certificate before you declare the program

Declare the GWS certificate

Complete this online declaration form. You will know that your declaration has been processed when you receive a welcome email from the GWS undergraduate advisor.

Graduation

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 when you enroll for your final semester.

Commencement

Celebrating Graduation

Winter commencement is scheduled for Sunday, December 18 at 10 am. Find details at the link below.

December 2022 graduates will be invited to attend the Department's May 2023 celebration.

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.