Minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Studies

811 Mazur Hall

Dr. Barbara Thornbury, GSWS Program Director
811 Mazur Hall

Jennifer Pollitt, Faculty Advisor
819 Mazur Hall

LaTasha Goodman, Administrator
1041 Mazur Hall

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies analyzes gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation as they are understood by various disciplines and in cross-cultural perspectives. The minor, which is housed under the Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program, enables students to become familiar with concepts, theories, history, literature, and socio-political issues concerning the LGBTQ community. It also gives students an opportunity to examine and think critically about the intersections of sexuality, sex, and gender and become aware of the diversity of attitudes about sexuality in different cultures and historical eras.

Advising Policies

Double-Counting of Credits: Students combining a minor in LGBT Studies and a major, minor, or certificate in GSWS may double-count for both programs only Field Work (GSWS 4389 or LGBT 4489) and Queer Lives (GSWS 2405 or LGBT 2405).


Required Courses
LGBT 2405Queer Lives3
One experiential learning course selected from: 3
Field Work in LGBT Studies
Independent Study
Four electives are required. Among those courses, students must take either two LGBT themed courses and two gender themed courses or three LGBT themed courses and one gender themed course. See advisor for options, some of which are listed below:12
Politics of Identity in America
Feminist Theory
Feminist Theory
Sexuality and Gender
Sexuality and Gender in American History
Religion and Human Sexuality
Gender in the Cinema
Creative Writing: Fiction: LGBTQ Lives
Creative Writing: Non-Fiction: Queer Lives
LGBTQ Film: The Coming of Age Genre
LGBTQ Film: Queer Representation
Topics in LGBT Studies
LGBTQ Social Movements
Love, Marriage, and Family
Queer Novels of the 20th Century
Queer Novels of the 21st Century
Topics in LGBT Studies
Intimate Partner Violence: Gender and Social Justice
Total Credit Hours18

Minors are awarded only at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree and cannot be awarded either as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.