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Certificate in LGBT Studies

The LGBT Studies Certificate Program, housed administratively in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, is a campus-wide program open to students in any major. Courses that count toward this interdisciplinary certificate come from a wide range of fields including literature, history, sociology, medical history, as well as from gender and women's studies, which is in itself an interdisciplinary field.

The certificate program requires 15 credits in LGBT Studies. Intent to pursue the certificate must be declared by meeting with the LGBT Studies undergraduate advisor as early as possible in the certificate program and before completing requirements.

Students meet with the advisor periodically to track their progress. Students notify the advisor when they enroll in the last required course(s) to have the certificate posted on the transcript.

Spring 2015 Courses


Art History 600: Special Topics in Art History: Contemporary Queer Art Practices w/ Campbell


Art History 802: Special Topics in Visual Culture: The Deaths and Afterlives of Queer Theory w/ Casid


Eng/AAS/GWS 463: Race & Sexuality in Amer Lit w/ Bow

Gen&WS/Soc 200: Intro Les, Gay, Bi, Trnsgen St w/ Gathman


GWS 342: Transgender Studies w/ Enke*


GWS 449: Feminism&Soc&Culturl Theory > Theories of Sexualities and Race w/ McClintock


GWS 532: History of the (American) Body w/ Houck


GWS 642: Adv Smr in LGBT St (Capstone) w/ Enke*

*The spring 2015 LGBT Studies Capstone will be a 'meets with' GWS 324: Transgender Studies. This means that you CANNOT enroll in both GWS 342 AND 642. If you need the capstone and an addition elective you will need to find another course to satisfy the 5 course/15 credit requirement of the certificate.

The schedule of classes can be found in either the Course Guide or Class Search.


If you see a course that you think may be applicable to the LGBT Studies certificate, please let me know and I will review the course to determine if it can count towards the certificate.

Authorization to Enroll in GWS 642: LGBT Studies Capstone

GWS 642, Advanced Seminar in LGBT Studies, is only offered in the spring semesters. If you are graduating in December and NEED your LGBT Studies Capstone, please be in touch with Nina Valeo Cooke (afvaleo@wisc.edu) ASAP to problem solve what alternatives there may be.

Requirements for the LGBT Studies certificate

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