Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Certificate Program

Undergraduate Catalog
Certificate Program Information
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Certificate

The process for officially enrolling in the Certificate Program is a simple one. Interested students should contact ...

Cary Gabriel Costello
Program Coordinator
Department of Sociology
Bolton Hall 722

Phone: 414-229-6942
e-mail: costello@uwm.edu

To sign-up for the certificate program you will need to complete a Declaration of Certificate Program form.

The Certificate Program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies is designed for students majoring in any field who wish to complement their study of a discipline with an additional concentration in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies. Any student in good standing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who is seeking a bachelor's degree or who previously received a bachelor’s degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university is eligible to participate in the Certificate Program. The program also is open to those who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree students) but who have a strong interest in this topic. To be admitted as non-degree students, individuals must meet regular university admission requirements.

Program Information

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies investigates the historical and contemporary experiences of people traditionally neglected in scholarship and courses. It explores questions about sexuality as well as identity, community, representation, diversity, assimilation, and discrimination that are both academically and socially significant. Work in this innovative field includes material and methods from many disciplines: English and foreign languages, Allied Health Professions, Anthropology, Art History, Biology, Communications, Economics, Fine Arts, History, Music, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Welfare, and Women’s Studies.

The LGBT Studies Certificate Program provides a curricular structure for undergraduates interested in the interdisciplinary study of same-sex relations, and human sexuality more generally, in past and present cultures.

The LGBT Studies Certificate requires completion of 18 credits in approved courses with a minimum GPA of 2.5, as follows:

  1. Required: LGBT 200 (formerly LesbGay 200), Introduction to LGBT Studies, 3 credits
  2. Required: Wmns 301, Queer Theory, 3 credits
  3. Required: LGBT 599, Selected Topics in LGBT Studies: Subtitled, 3 credits
  4. Electives: 9 credits of approved LGBT Studies curricular area or cross-listed coursework, of which 3 credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.
  • Students are limited to a maximum of 6 credits in independent study;
  • Students are limited to a maximum of 9 credits from any one department;
  • Students must complete at least half the credits in residence at UWM; and
  • Students are not permitted to count courses taken on a credit/no-credit basis.