Minor in LGBT Studies

Minor in LGBT Studies

Kristen Myers, Director
Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
(LGBT & Women's Studies Programs)

The interdisciplinary minor in LGBT Studies is recommended for all students interested in examining historical and contemporary issues related to identity, power, citizenship, and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people. Complex problems surrounding gender and sexuality are explored in depth, in a variety of contexts.  Such exploration should broaden students’ understanding of current societal expectations for both gay and straight people, thereby increasing their effectiveness and sensitivity in a variety of interpersonal and professional settings. The minor is particularly appropriate for students preparing for advanced study in a variety of disciplines or careers in business, communications, sciences, education, health, humanities, and human services.

Elective courses for the minor are chosen to complement the student’s background, interests, and career plans and, in some instances, also help satisfy distributive studies area requirements in the general education program. Faculty members from a wide variety of departments participate in the core and special topics courses of the minor. Students interested in declaring this interdisciplinary minor should contact the Women’s Studies Program, Reavis Hall 103, early in their college careers for information and advisement.

Students may enroll in a variety of internships combining their professional interests with their preparation in LGBT studies. Independent study and topics courses in a variety of departments may meet the minor requirements, with the approval of the coordinator of the LGBT studies program, when substantial treatment of LGBT studies is included in the course.

Students must complete 18 semester hours for this minor and are urged to complete WOMS 230, LGBT 350, and LGBT 400 (or WOMS 430) as early as possible.

Requirements (18)

NOTE: Some of the courses listed below haven't made it into the catalogue yet. We will be doing course substitutions until the catalog changes are finalized. Contact

  • *LGBT 350: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies. Credits: 3.
  • *WOMS 230: Women, Sex and Gender Today. Credits: 3.
  • LGBT 400 (WOMS 430): Queer Theory.  Credits: 3.

*Available for General Education credit

Three of the following (9) to be chosen in consultation with Director:

  • ANTH 422: Gender in Southeast Asia Credits: 3
  • ANTH 468: Anthropology of Gender Credits: 3
  • ARTH 451: Topics in Art History (May be counted toward the minor when topic is appropriate.) Credits: 3
  • COMS 230: Rhetoric and the Media (If there is significant coverage of sexuality in course) Credits: 3
  • COMS 410: Communication and Gender  Credits: 3
  • ENGL 383: Gay and Lesbian Literature  Credits: 3
  • ENGL 400: Literary Topics (May be counted toward the minor when topic is appropriate.)  Credits: 3
  • ENGL 434/WOMS 434: Language and Gender (If there is significant coverage of sexuality in course)  Credits: 3
  • HIST 402: Gender and Sexuality in History  Credits: 3
  • HIST 413: Family, Sexuality, and Society Since 1400  Credits: 3
  • ILAS 390: Internship  (May be counted toward the minor when topic is appropriate.) Credits: 3
  • LGBT 351: Research in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies Credits: 3
  • LGBT 460: LGBT 460—Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Credits: up to 6
  • LGBT 450: Transgender Studies Credits: 3
  • PHHE 306: Human Sexuality Credits: 3
  • PHHE 406: Sexuality Education  Credits: 3
  • PHIL 231: Contemporary Moral Issues  (If there is significant coverage of sexuality in course) Credits: 3
  • POLS 320: Biopolitics and Human Nature  (If there is significant coverage of sexuality in course) Credits: 3
  • POLS 414: Topics in Law and Social Problems (May be counted toward the minor when topic is appropriate.)  Credits: 3
  • POLS 495: Seminar in Current Problems  (May be counted toward the minor when topic is appropriate.) Credits: 3
  • PSYC 474: Psychological Basis of Sexuality  Credits: 3
  • SOCI 357: The Sociology of Gender Credits: 3
  • SOCI 450: Social Inequality  Credits: 3
  • SOCI 495: Proseminar in Sociology  (May be counted toward the minor when topic is appropriate.) Credits: 3
  • WOMS 332: Growing Up Female (If there is significant coverage of sexuality in course) Credits: 3
  • WOMS 430: Special Topics in Women’s Studies  (May be counted toward the minor when topic is appropriate.) Credits: 3
  • WOMS 432: Feminist Theory Credit: 3
  • WOMS 436: Current Debates in Women’s Studies (May be counted toward the minor when topic is appropriate.) Credits: 3