Minor in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

The GLBT Studies minor focuses on the history, politics, and cultures of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Courses are designed to help students explore the diversity of GLBT communities, the history and present conditions of sexual and gender identity formation, and the functioning and institutionalization of ideologies of sexuality in a democratic society.

Students will study multiple perspectives on how to analyze and address issues of homophobia, heterosexism, and oppression in the United States. They will also be challenged to consider social justice and movements in the context of GLBT identities and politics by examining sexuality, gender, race, ethnicity, class, and other categories as difference.

The intersection of a top-flight research institution with an increasingly diverse metropolitan area makes the University of Minnesota an exciting place for GLBT studies. The interdisciplinary curriculum reflects the current breadth of theory and research on GLBT issues, drawing on a variety of disciplines—gender, women, and sexuality studies; GLBT studies; literacy studies, family social science, history, American studies, art history, and sociology, among others—to actively engage students and provoke critical thought.

Minor Requirements

  • GLBT 1001/GWSS 1007: Introduction to GLBT Studies
  • Take one of the following courses:
    CSCL 3456W: Sexuality and Culture

    GWSS 4403: Queering Theory
    GWSS 4004: Queering Desire
    GLBT/CSCL 3472: Gay Men and Homophobia in American Culture
    GLBT/GWSS 3404: Transnational Sexualities
  • Four or more courses from the following:
    AMST 4101: Gender, Sexuality, and Politics in America
    ENGL 3330: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Literature
    FSOS 4152: Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual People in Families
    GLBT 3610: Topics in GLBT Studies

    GLBT 3301/GWSS 3501: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Social Movements in the United States
    SOC 4521/H: Love, Sex, & Marriage
    GLBT/AMST/HIST 3212: Dissident Sexualities in U.S. History 
    SOC 4090 meets the requirement only if the topic is Sociology of Sexuality
    Other courses may be used to meet this requirement with permission from the Department
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