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Women’s, Gender, + Sexuality Studies Certificate

Explore feminism + social change

The Certificate in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies provides an opportunity to students who are interested in exploring feminism, social change, and theory. This certificate allows students to complement a major or minor in diverse fields, such as degrees in law, social work, healthcare, or education. Students who complete the WGSS Certificate have gone into fulfilling careers including: working with the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, volunteering with the Peace Corps, and social activism in politics.

Students are required to take a minimum of 15 credits, including:

Core credits: 9
WGSS 100 Introduction to WGSS 3
WGSS 200 Introduction to Feminist Theories 3
WGSS 335 Transnational /Global Feminism 3
Electives: 6
The remaining six credits are to be selected from either WGSS courses or courses cross-listed with WGSS.1 6

1WGSS Certificate students may apply a maximum of three credits to the Certificate from WGSS 395, WGSS 397, and WGSS 498.


  • Though there are no prerequisites for the Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, there may be prerequisites for some of the courses that are a part of the Certificate.
  • Currently enrolled degree-seeking students in good standing in the University or University Special Students are eligible to complete a Certificate in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
  • Courses cannot be counted in both the major and the certificate program.

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

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies has helped me immensely with understanding myself, the community, and world around me, and my role in it all. It’s a million things more than just feminist teachings. I’ve never felt more self-aware.

Jessie Holewinski, English major and WGSS minor
Gretchen Bachmeier graduation

Why it matters

2014 graduate Gretchen Bachmeier gives her personal and powerful statement about what feminism means to her.

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Making an impact locally

Elizabeth Nowobielski, '15 grad in women's studies, reflects on the usefulness of her degree and the passions her studies instilled in her.

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