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LGBTQ Studies Certificate

Learn about LGBTQ issues + topics

The LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) Studies Certificate is an excellent opportunity to learn about LGBTQ topics and understand current issues in the community. This certificate provides students with an area of expertise as they enter into a career path and prepares them for meaningful work after graduation. The Certificate in LGBTQ Studies provides useful knowledge and experience for a variety of fields such as: education, counseling, social work, and politics.

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Students are required to take a minimum of 12 credits, including:

Core credits: 6
WGSS 206 Perspectives in LGBTQ Studies 3
WGSS 406 Queer Theories and Sexual Politics 3
Electives: 6
WGSS 308 Topics in LGBTQ Studies 3
WGSS/HIST 313 Gender, Sex, and Science in European History 3
WGSS/PSYC 336 Psychology of Women 3
WGSS 422
& WGSS 431
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advanced Travel Seminar
and Women and Communication (only when offered as "LGBTQA Studies San Francisco Travel Seminar” )
1-6 & 1-3
SOC 426 Sociology of Sexualities 3


  • For students pursuing the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major and the LGBTQ Certificate as their first and second degree programs to meet graduation requirements, no course may be counted in both the major and the certificate.
  • Though there are no prerequisites for the Certificate in LGBTQ Studies, there may be prerequisites for some of the courses that are a part of the Certificate.
  • Special topics, internships, and umbrella courses with a focus on LGBTQ and/or sexualities issues may be applied to the certificate with approval of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Director.

For advising, contact the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program.

Pursuing my certificate in LGBTQ+ studies through the Women's Studies Program has broadened my understanding of systematic violence as it pertains to intersections of LGBTQ+ people's lives through different lenses of class, race, ability, and more. The courses for this certificate helped me gain a deeper understanding of oppression in its various forms.

Alex Dulakis | LGBTQ certificate
Student interns and Gender & Sexuality Resource Center director Christopher Jorgenson

A community for everyone

Recent rankings by College Choice have listed UW-Eau Claire as the #3 in the list of 50 Best Colleges for LGBTQ Students. Christopher Jorgenson, director of the Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center, attributes this climb to dedicated students and staff.

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Dr. Pam Forman instructing sociology class

Advocate and ally

Dr. Pamela Forman, sociology department chair and co-founder of the Eau Queer Film Festival, is the university's recipient of the UW System's Dr. P.B. Poorman Award for Outstanding Achievement on Behalf of LGBTQ People.

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