LGBTQ Studies

The LGBTQ Studies Certificate is an interdisciplinary undergraduate and post-baccalaureate certificate that prepares students for working and living in our diverse world by concentrating on forms of sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression that are frequently left out of traditional fields of study. The interdisciplinary approach of the certificate provides students with analytical frameworks for understanding how social, cultural, legal, and political factors influence the lives of LGBTQ individuals, families, and communities. The program of study examines a broad spectrum of diversity to understand the ways that sexual orientation and gender expression intersect with ideas about race, ethnicity, class, religion, and culture in people’s lives.

The LGBTQ Studies Certificate requires the following courses:

WGST 366Sexualities, Genders, & Bodies3
Select 3 classes from the following:9
LGBTQ Religious Experience
Culture and Sexuality
Family, Sexuality, Rights
Sexual Subcultures in Lit
Queer Theory & Literature
Independent Studies (approved contract required)
Total Credit Hours12


1. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required for admission to the program.

2. A maximum of one course may be taken as pass/fail.

3. A maximum of one transfer course (three credit hours) may count toward the certificate.

4. Any LGBTQ related CASL internship may count in the certificate with permission of the LGBTQ Program Director by Petition.

5. A minimum 2.5 GPA in the courses counting toward the certificate is required at the time of graduation and/or posting of the certificate.