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GWS Certificate

Gender and Women’s Studies courses emphasize critical thinking in an interdisciplinary context and build a knowledge base about many aspects of women’s experience. 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 addressed analytically by courses in Gender and Women’s Studies.

The Gender and Women’s Studies certificate program is open to 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 topics of interests, complement their major or plan for graduate or professional school.

Students are welcome to meet with the undergraduate advisor as needed 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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Declare in person

When you meet with the GWS advisor, you will plan your GWS courses according to your disciplinary interests, discuss the possibility of study abroad, and learn how to get involved on campus and in the community.

UW-Madison students can use a new tool, Starfish, to schedule advising appointments. Search for and add the Starfish App to your MyUW page. Please send a quick email to Susan Nelson at if you have trouble figuring out how to use Starfish.

Declare online

Complete the online declaration form after you have reviewed the requirements of the undergraduate GWS certificate. The declaration form should take you less than 10 minutes to complete.

  • Completed online declaration forms will be processed within 5-7 business days.
  • You will know that your declaration has been processed when you receive a welcome email from the GWS undergraduate advisor.
  • If you have questions for the undergraduate advisor, please contact them via email (


How do I know my certificate is complete?

Please confirm that your certificate is complete (all ‘green text’) in DARS after you enroll for your final semester.

Undergraduate certificates are automatically posted to your transcript upon graduation by the Office of the Registrar based on completion via DARS.

Commencement Ceremonies

Winter commencement is Saturday, December 15, 2019 at 10 am.

Whether you will graduate in December or May, start getting excited about the Gender and Women’s Studies and LGBTQ+ Studies Spring Graduation Reception. Date and time TBA as we get closer to the day.

Join us for donuts and coffee and spend some time with GWS faculty and staff.