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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.

All certificates are now automatically posted to your transcripts upon graduation by the Registrar's Office based on completion via your DARS. Please confirm that you certificate is complete (all 'green lights') via DARS after you enroll in your final semester. 

Spring 2017 Courses

GWS 310: Topic - Screening Gender: Masculinity and Femininity in American Film with Loutensock
GWS 340: Topic in LGBTQ Sexuality - Topic TBA
Classics/GWS 351: Gender & Sexuality in the Classical World with McClure

If you learn about additional courses that you think could or should count towards the LGBT Studies certificate, definitely let me know and I am happy to evaluate the syllabus for the course to determine if it meets criteria.

Advance Authorization to Enroll in GWS 642: LGBT Studies Capstone

GWS 642, Advanced Seminar in LGBT Studies, requires authorization for all students.

To request authorization, please complete this form.

This is the only way to register for GWS 642.

Once you have been authorized to enroll, you will receive an email from Diane Walton (dwalton@wisc.edu) confirming your authorization. You will need to enroll within one week of receiving your confirmation. After Diane has authorized you, you will still need to enroll in the course. Please complete the form ASAP at least a week before your registration date.

More information on the spring 2017 GWS 642 with Professor Michael Jay McClure, which will meet with Art History Seminar - Visualizing Queer Subjects:

This course focuses on queer theory and its relationship to visibility. We start by outlining queer theory as a method for questioning conventional systems of gender, sex, and sexual desire, or for thinking about lives which resist such categorization. We set this method aside another movement in contemporary gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered civil rights which would make visible marginalized lives and identities. In the tension between making visible those who have been forcibly disappeared and a method for questioning every conventional and visual code of sexual identity, including those that defined by the abbreviation LGBT, we find a rich visual culture that tries to understand lives that participate within, or lives that resist, the contemporary society of the spectacle.

Requirements for the LGBT Studies certificate

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