Queer Studies Undergraduate Certificate Requirements

Our undergraduate certificate encourages students to explore and challenge the histories of sexuality and gender normativity across multiple political and cultural contexts as it relates to their specific interests. The certificate program is distinct in that it examines sexuality with a focus on Hawaiʻi, Asia and the Pacific from a transnational, interdisciplinary, and intersectional perspective.

Course Delivery Options

Students may choose to complete the certificate by taking in-person courses or a mix of in-person and online courses. Students are also able to complete the certificate fully online.

The University of Hawaii at Mānoa is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the fully online Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 5-Course Certificate is approved by WASC.

Certificate Requirements

The undergraduate certificate requires at least 15 credit hours (with a C or better) including:

  • WGSS 141: Introduction to LGBTQ+ Studies (3)
  • WGSS 441: Queer Theory (3)
  • 9 credits of approved electives (3 credits must be 300 level or higher)
  • At least 3 credit hours with a HAP focus


9 credits of queer electives from the following (list may vary by semester):

  • ANTH 315: Sex and Gender (cross-listed WS 315)
  • BIO 350: Sex Differences in the Life Cycle (cross-listed WS 350)
  • DNCE 459: Topics in Dance - Queer Dance
  • ENG 382: Gender, Sexuality and Literature (cross-listed WS 381)
  • FDM 200: Culture and Appearance (cross-listed as WS 200)
  • ES 375: Issues of Diversity in Higher Education
  • ES 391: Oceanic Gender, Sexual, and Kinship Identities
  • POLS 339: Feminist Theory (cross-listed WS 439)
  • POLS 368: Gender, Justice and Law
  • PSY 202: Psychology of Gender
  • PSY 352: Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • REL 361: Love, Sex, and Religion
  • SOC 362: Sociology of Gender (cross-listed WS 362)
  • WGSS 175: History of Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in Global Perspective to 1500 CE
  • WGSS 176: History of Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in Global Perspective 1500 CE to Present
  • WGSS 257: Sexual Identity in Literature
  • WGSS 382: Island Feminisms
  • WGSS 392: Sexualities
  • WGSS 424: Sexuality and Digital Media
  • WGSS 426: The Anthropology of Sexuality
  • WGSS 454: Gender, Sexuality, and Global Popular Culture
  • WGSS 482: Indigenous Feminisms
  • WGSS 483: Studies in Literature and Sexuality and Gender (cross-listed as ENG 482)
  • WGSS 493: Trans* Studies

Admissions and Advising

Interested students should contact the undergraduate advisors Kathy Ferguson (kferguso@hawaii.edu) and Takeshi Shirakawa (takeshi8@hawaii.edu) for help in choosing classes, defining an area of interest, creating and developing proposals, exploring the fully online option, and finding the faculty advisor most suited to their areas of interest.