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.

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