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LGBTQ Studies Minor

The LGBTQ studies minor will provide you with opportunities for focused, interdisciplinary study of the lives, experiences, identities, and representations of LGBTQ+ people. 

The LGBTQ Studies Minor

The minor in LGBTQ studies is a 15-credit interdisciplinary course of study comprised of 12 required and three elective credits.

Students interested in a more in-depth program may consider the 21-credit LGBTQ Studies Certificate.

Minor Requirements

Note: Students admitted prior to 2020 should follow the requirements described further below. These requirements are for students admitted in 2020 and after.

Students will earn a total of 15 credits, distributed as indicated below. At least 9 credits must be at or above the 300 level. No course with a grade less than “C-” may be used to satisfy the program requirements. Students will design their programs in consultation with a women’s studies advisor.

  • The Introductory course – 3 credits – LGBT200: “Introduction to LGBT Studies”
  • Capstone Course – 3 Credits – Choose from LGBT488: “Senior Seminar” or LGBT386: “Undergraduate LGBT Internship”
  • Electives – 9 credits from across at least 2 different thematic areas

6 credits may also fulfill other major requirements.

 

LGBTQ Thematic Areas

  • Arts, Technology and Cultural Production
  • Transnational Politics and Perspectives
  • Institutions, Politics, and/or Social Movements
  • Race, Ethnicity, and Class
  • Transgender Studies
  • Queer and/or Feminist Theory

Sample Four-Year Graduation Plan

15 total credits, minimum of 9 upper level credits

  • Year 1 (3 credits / 1 course)
    3 credits, LGBT200: “Introduction to LGBT Studies”
  • Year 2 (6 credits / 2 courses)
    6 credits of electives, ex. WMST302: “Feminist, Critical Race, and Queer Theories” (area 6); LGBT350: “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People and Communication” (area 3);
  • Year 3 (3 credits / 1 course)
    3 credits of elective, ex. HIST429E: “Gender and Sexuality in Latin America” (areas 2 and 6)
  • Year 4 (3 credits / 1 course)
    3 credit capstone, ex. LGBT488: “Senior Seminar – Queer Theories: Canons and Counter Genealogies”

 

Sample Three-Year Graduation Plan

15 total credits, minimum of 9 upper level credits

  • Year 1 (6 credits / 2 courses)
    3 credits, LGBT200: “Introduction to LGBT Studies”
    3 credits of elective, ex. HIST429E: “Gender and Sexuality in Latin America” (areas 2 and 6)
  • Year 2 (6 credits / 2 courses)
    6 credits of electives, ex. WMST302: “Feminist, Critical Race, and Queer Theories” (area 6); LGBT350: “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender People and Communication” (area 3);
  • Year 3 (3 credits /1 course)
    3 credit capstone, ex. LGBT488: “Senior Seminar – Queer Theories: Canons and Counter Genealogies”

Pre-2020 LGBTQ Studies Minor Requirements

Note: Students admitted after 2020 should follow the requirements described above. These requirements are for students admitted prior to 2020.

15 Credits

  • LGBT 200: ”Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies”
  • One lower-level course focused on literature, art or culture by or about LGBT people, either LGBT265 (cross-listed with ENGL265) or LGBT291 (cross-listed with CMLT291)
  • One of the following upper-division courses focused on the personal, social, political and historical aspects of LGBT people: LGBT350, LGBT407 (cross-listed with PHIL407), or LGBT494 (cross-listed with WMST494);
  • One of the following upper-division courses focused on literature, art or culture by or about LGBT people: LGBT359 (cross-listed with ENGL359), LGBT459 (cross-listed with ENGL459), LGBT465 (cross-listed with ENGL465); or LGBT327
  • One elective (must be upper-division [a course numbered 300 or above]); students choose 3 hours of elective credits in consultation with their advisor in LGBT Studies.*

 

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