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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.

Fall 2016 Courses

English 171: Gender, Sexuality, & Literature with Fawaz
English 474-001: Queer Literature with Fawaz
English 474-002: Literature and HIV/AIDS with Gillis
GWS 200: Intro to LGBTQ+ Studies with Gathman [note: GWS 200 now receives ethnic studies credit!]
GWS 354: Women & Gender in the US Since 1870
GWS 415: Contemporary Feminist Theater & Criticism with Peterson
GWS 445: The Body in Theory with Loutensock

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

Current Course Offerings and Registration Information