Explore themes related to gender in art, literature and history. And credit for some courses may transfer directly to UW schools.
Gender and Women's Studies Certificate
Gender and Women's Studies
Program Number: 908093CERT
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Area of Study:
Law, Protective and Human Services
Delivery Method:
100% Online
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
12 Credits | Finish in 1 semester
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  • Program Overview

    Gender and Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary certificate in which students gain knowledge about women and gender through the varied lenses of art, literature, history, psychology, political science, and sociology. Students explore the diverse realities of gender and the lives of women in historical, cultural, social, and global contexts.  While examining identity, power, representation, inequality, and social change, particular attention is given to the ways in which gender intersects with other dimensions of inequality such as sexuality, race, class, nationality, religion, age, and disability.  By understanding diverse life experiences, students gain perspectives relevant to their personal lives and develop critical, employer-sought skills they can utilize in the 21st century workforce.

    Program Details

    Students earning the Gender and Women's Studies Certificate can attend full or part time.

    Gender and Women's Studies classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax
    • Madison - South
    • Reedsburg
    • Portage
    • Fort Atkinson
    • Watertown

    With additional education and work experience, graduates may find employment in the following fields:

    • Research
    • Education
    • Non-Profit Organizations
    • Government
    • Consulting Firms

    For more information, email Autumn Behringer at ambehringer@madisoncollege.edu or Angelika Gulbis at agulbis@madisoncollege.edu.

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

    Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:

    • Progress toward your specific requirements
    • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

    If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.

    Required Courses
    3 credits
    Additional Course List
    Students must complete a minimum of 9 credits from the following:
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits
    *Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher may choose to complete an honors project in Gender and Women's Studies for up to 3 credits in place of one of the courses on this list.
  • Admission

    Earning a certificate is a great way to expand your skill set, and it adds professionalism to a resume. Applications are always open, so apply today!

    To Apply

    There are no admission requirements for this certificate, simply submit your application by the deadline for each term.

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Fall Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is October 15, 2024

    Spring Application Dates

    • Application available on September 15, 2024
    • Application completion deadline is March 15, 2025

    Additional Notes

    • Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid
    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis
    • Students who have already completed the certificate coursework at the time of application will receive the certificate diploma at the end of the term of application

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

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  • Career Outcomes

    • Transfer Pathways. Many courses offer a direct one-to-one transfer to University of Wisconsin schools. Direct transferability varies according to major and college of choice. Check with your advisor and transfer school for verification of qualified courses. This certificate also serves as a gateway to many related majors, such as Women’s Studies, Social Work, Psychology and Sociology.

    • Academic and Professional Development. Interested students may choose to pursue opportunities for service learning, internships, conference presentations and undergraduate publishing. Consult your instructor or certificate coordinators for more information.

    • Honors Program Participation. Interested students may choose to participate in the Honors Program, working one-on-one on an Honors Project in Gender and Women’s Studies with a supervising faculty member who teaches one of the certificate courses.

    • Earn Credits toward an Associate Degree. Credits may be used as electives for the Liberal Arts associate degree. The certificate includes courses across several disciplines, including art, English, history, psychology and sociology.

    • Address six of the eight Madison College Core Abilities. Core abilities are identified by Madison College as the critical skills graduates gain during the course of their studies and use as lifelong learners on the job, at home and in the community. The Gender and Women’s Studies Certificate curriculum contributes to the following core abilities: communication, critical thinking, ethics, global and cultural perspectives, self-management and social interaction.

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