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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. 


To complete the LGBTQ Studies Certificate, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in all courses applied to their LGBTQ Studies Certificate.


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

Required Courses:

    WG STDS 205: Intro to LGBTQ Studies



Students will be required to take 4 electives (12 credits).  At least 3 courses must be consistent content.  3 courses may also count for the student’s major or minor.


The following are electives with consistent content. 3 electives must be chosen from this group of courses:

ENG 360 Native American Literature II: Optional Content=Two-Spirit


POL SCI 346 Queer Politics and Policy

PSYCH 224 Psychology of Human Sexuality

WG STDS 306 Trans* and Genderqueer Lives

WG STDS/BIO 310 Biology of Gender

            (Prerequisite required: Biology 105 and either Biology 211

           (preferred) or Biology 230 or Biology 308)

WG STDS 318/REL STDS 318 Religion and Sexuality

WG STDS 328/HIS 328 History of Sexuality in the U.S.

WG STDS 360/REL STDS 360 Judaism Since Gender

WG STDS 391/ENG 391 Queer, Trans, and Non-Binary Literature

WG STDS 392 Queer Theory

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.

(Because WG STDS/SJ 366 and WG STDS 446 can be taken with numerous content, these courses would be added to the certificate through a course modification.)


The following are electives with significant content.  One elective may be chosen from this group of electives:

ANTHRO 344 Kinship, Gender, and Sexuality

SOC 325 Social Movements and Collective Behaviors

WG STDS 329 Body Politics: Contemporary Feminist Debates

WG STDS/SOC 339 Sociology of the Family

WG STDS 390 Feminist Theory


Other Electives:

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. 


Course Rotation:

Courses that are offered every semester:

Service Learning Field Study

Independent Reading


Courses that are offered yearly:

    Intro to LGBTQ Studies

    Biology of Gender

    Psychology of Gender


Courses that are offered on a two-year cycle:

    Queer Politics and Policy

    Trans and Gender Queer Lives

    History of Sexuality

    Religion and Sexuality

    Kinship, Gender, and Sexuality

    Body Politics

    Social Movements and Collective Behaviors 

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