Undergraduate Certificate and Minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

Which One Is Right For Me?

Both the certificate and minor will provide you with opportunities for focused, interdisciplinary study of the lives, experiences, identities, and representations of LGBT people.  Both will give you a solid grounding in the major concepts and methods that define studies of sex, gender, and gender identity today.  The choice of which track you pursue will be determined by how much room you have in your academic program and how your work in LGBT Studies fits into your long-term plans and goals.


CHOOSE THE 21-CREDIT CERTIFICATE IN LGBT STUDIES IF YOU:

-Are early in your college career and have time to plan for 21 credits
-Have already taken 15 credits of LGBT Studies courses and still have room in your schedule
-Are planning to pursue graduate study in an interdisciplinary field, such as American Studies, Gender Studies, LGBT Studies, or Women’s Studies, or in a professional program, such as counseling and psychology, education, law, or public health
-Are considering a career in the non-profit arena, including public policy, advocacy, and community service
-Want to have something like a “major” in LGBT Studies
-Want a separate official university certificate indicating LGBT Studies in addition to your diploma

CHOOSE THE 15-CREDIT MINOR IN LGBT STUDIES IF YOU:

-Need a streamlined way to earn a credential in the field of LGBT Studies that will be visible on your transcript for future employers or graduate admissions committees
-Want to have a secondary academic specialization that will complement your major field of study and bolster the coherence of your academic program
-Are late in your career or can only fit 15 credits into your schedule


Any student in good standing in the University may enroll in an LGBT Studies program by declaring their intention to the Department of Women’s Studies. In consultation with an advisor, the candidate for the certificate or the minor will design a program that complements their major field of study. No course earned with a grade below “C-” will count toward the certificate or the minor in LGBT Studies and you must keep a GPA of 2.0 in the certificate or minor.

For more detailed information on the certificate and the minor please contact Gwen Warman, Undergraduate Advisor, at gwarman@umd.edu. She can help you to declare, or if you need guidance or consultation. We are here to help!


Certificate Requirements (21 credits)

1. LGBT 200—Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
2. One lower-level course focused on literature, art, or culture by or about LGBT people, either LGBT 265 (cross-listed with ENG 265) or LGBT 291 (cross-listed with CMLT 291)
3. One of the following upper-division courses focused on the personal, social, political, and historical aspects of LGBT people: LGBT 350, LGBT 407 (cross-listed with PHIL 407), or LGBT 494 (cross-listed with WMST 494);
4. One of the following upper-division courses focused on literature, art, or culture by or about LGBT people: LGBT 359 (cross-listed with ENGL 359), LGBT 459 (cross-listed with ENGL 459), LGBT 465 (cross-listed with ENGL 465); or LGBT 327
5. One of the following: a. LGBT488–Seminar in LGBT Studies b. LGBT386–Supervised Internship – LGBT Community Organizations
6. Two Electives (one must be upper-division [a course numbered 300 or above]); Students choose elective credits in consultation with their advisor in LGBT Studies.*


Minor Requirements (15 credits)

1. LGBT 200—Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
2. One lower-level course focused on literature, art, or culture by or about LGBT people, either LGBT 265 (cross-listed with ENG 265) or LGBT 291 (cross-listed with CMLT 291)
3. One of the following upper-division courses focused on the personal, social, political, and historical aspects of LGBT people: LGBT 350, LGBT 407 (cross-listed with PHIL 407), or LGBT 494 (cross-listed with WMST 494);
4. One of the following upper-division courses focused on literature, art, or culture by or about LGBT people: LGBT 359 (cross-listed with ENGL 359), LGBT 459 (cross-listed with ENGL 459), LGBT 465 (cross-listed with ENGL 465); or LGBT 327
5. One Elective (must be upper-division [a course numbered 300 or above]); Students choose 3 hours of elective credits in consultation with their advisor in LGBT Studies.*

* For information on which courses count towards which area of the degree please visit our course page and as well as the upcoming courses PDF linked on that page.


Student Learning Outcomes

In keeping with the above goals and foci, students should expect to achieve the following outcomes through their work in the LGBT Studies Program:

  • familiarity with major concepts and vocabulary in the field of LGBT Studies;
  • proficiency in interpreting same-sex sexuality/eroticism as an aspect of literary/cultural expression;
  • critical reasoning and research skills in the field of LGBT Studies.