LGBTQ Studies Certificate
The LGBTQ Studies certificate is intended to prepare students for the diverse world of the 21st century by concentrating on the study of same-sex sexuality, and sexuality more generally, as well as gender identity and gender expression, concerns that are frequently left out of or briefly covered in traditional fields of study. The certificate is available to students majoring in any field who wish to complement their work with a concentration in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer studies.
The Certificate is designed to teach students to think informatively and critically about the lives and contributions of LGBTQ people, to respect the dignity of LGBTQ people, and to understand and interact with a culture that contributes to the diversity of our world. The interdisciplinary approach of this certificate will allow students to study the broad spectrum of diversity through seeing how sexual orientation and gender expression play out in the lives of people from various races, ethnicities, religions, classes, and cultures.
For more information or to enroll in this certificate program, contact:
Dr. Liz Cannon
LGBTQ Resource Center (located in the Campus Center for Equity and Diversity)
Required Units (crs.): 15
WG STDS 205: Intro to LGBTQ Studies
Students will be required to take 4 electives (12 credits). At least 3 courses must be 100% content. 3 courses may also count for the student’s major or minor.
The following are electives with 100% content:
ENG/WGSTDS 391 Gay and Lesbian Literature
ENG 360 Native American Literature II: Optional Content=Two-Spirit Literature
POL SCI 370 Special Topics: Queer Politics
WG STDS 318 Religion and Sexuality
WG STDS 328/History 328 History of Sexuality in the U.S.
WG STDS 392 Queer Theory
WG STDS 395 Special Topics: Introduction to Transgender and Gender Queer Studies
WG STDS/SJ 366 Service Learning Field Study—internship with appropriate agency, such as the LGBTQ Resource Center or Fair Wisconsin OR appropriate concentration, such as LGBTQ relationships with CARE/MENCARE, LGBTQ Domestic Violence at Harbour House in Appleton, or LGBTQ youth with Goodwill Industry’s Harmony Café.
WG STDS/SJ 446 Independent Reading with appropriate content.
Each semester we will generate a list of other courses that would be appropriate for the certificate when taught by certain professors and when the course work (required papers) can be focused on LGBTQ issues. These courses would be added to the certificate through a course modification.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Students graduating with an LGBTQ Certificate should demonstrate knowledge of the following concepts and issues:
A. The socio-cultural and historical construction of gender and sexual identities.
B. Intersectionality of gender and sexuality with race/ethnicity, religion, class, and nationality.
C. How education and activism can challenge bigotry, inequality, and systems of oppression based on gender and sexuality.
D. Major issues pertaining to the lives of LGBTQ people, historically and in contemporary societies, e.g. representations of LGBTQ individuals; violence; relationships between LGBTQ individuals/communities and institutions such as the medical and mental health professions, the law, religion, the media, education, and the military; family, and the LGBTQ Community and work.
E. The creation of queer culture, including literature, art, theatre, film, and the impact of queer culture on the dominant culture.
Courses that are offered every semester:
Service Learning Field Study
Courses that are offered yearly:
Gay and Lesbian Literature
Intro to LGBTQ Studies
Courses that are/will be offered on a two-year cycle:
Two Spirit Literature
Intro to Transgender and Gender Queer Studies
History of Sexuality
Religion and Sexuality