Gender and Women's Studies


Program number: 908093CERT


Gender and Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary certificate in which students explore gender and gender relations through the varied lenses of art, literature, history, psychology and sociology. While examining themes related to gender in cultural, historical, social, national and global contexts, students will broaden their appreciation and knowledge of gender identities and equality. Topics covered include new themes in gender research and women's studies, visual representations of the sexes, language use by the sexes, power dynamics, gender identities, women's movement politics and generational changes. By understanding diverse life experiences, students not only gain perspectives relevant to their personal lives but also develop critical and 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

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience, including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

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


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

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

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

  • 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.


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

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