Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Studies

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Studies is an interdisciplinary program which fosters research and teaching related to sexual orientation and gender identity. The program is designed for all students interested in examining issues of gender and sexual orientation in order to function as informed citizens and successful professionals in the twenty-first century. The interdisciplinary aspect of the program allows students to investigate LGBT issues in a variety of disciplines or careers in business, communication, the arts, education, health, humanities, social sciences, and human services.

Type of Program: Certificate (12 credit hours)

College: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • ILAS 350: LGBT Studies (3)
  • 9 credits of electives from approved list of courses

Sampling of electives:

  • LGBT 350: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
    and Transgender Studies (3)
  • ANTH 468: Anthropology of Gender (3)
  • ENGL 383: Gay and Lesbian Literature (3)
  • HIST 402: Gender and Sexuality in History (3)
  • SOCI 357: The Sociology of Gender (3)
  • WOMS 432: Feminist Theory (3)

LGBT sponsors a variety of educational programming and activities every year, including the Third Thursday speakers series, seminars and lectures, as well as a poster contest. Internship opportunities are available to those who qualify. NIU offers a number of scholarships and awards that recognize contributions to or on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community. The University Libraries Rare Books & Special Collections department maintains a collection of materials related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies.

Dr. Kristen Myers, Director
Women’s Studies and LGBT Studies
(815) 753-1038

Office location for the program - 103 Reavis Hall

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