Program Goals

The specific goals of the certificate program are to give students:

  • Knowledge about specific lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.
  • Knowledge about the history and maintenance of the category, “lesbians and gay men.”
  • Theoretical perspectives on “heterosexuality” as a presumptive sexual identity.
  • An understanding of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies as an academic area of inquiry.
  • An understanding of community politics, dynamics, and conflicts.
  • An understanding of contemporary social issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
  • Use-inspired education that culminates in a public presentation.
  • Practical experience in utilizing coursework knowledge in the community through an internship or community service project.
  • Preparatory coursework for advanced study in graduate and professional programs.
  • Foundational knowledge for future professional employment.