Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies



Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered (LGBTQ) people play important roles as colleagues, clients, parents, children, siblings, neighbors, employees and employers, religious leaders, and friends. Given the increasing visibility and changing political climate for LGBT people in the United States, all students—not only those who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender—are served well by learning about the histories, communities, and contemporary social issues regarding people from LGBT backgrounds. The educational experience is enhanced when students are introduced to complex intersections between and among sexual, racial, ethnic, religious, geographic, and national identities. The philosophy of this concentration is to promote intellectual and pedagogical diversity as one of the university’s greatest assets, in part by instilling in students sensitivity to cultures different from their own, but also through careful analysis of the self in historical, artistic, and sociocultural contexts.

The goals of the LGBT concentration are to give students knowledge about specific lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered 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; use-inspired education that culminates in a public presentation; and practical experience in utilizing course work knowledge in the community through an internship or community service project.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours which includes 12 upper division hours for this concentration.
  • A minimum 12 hours must be taken ASU.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • * Course requires a minimum cumulative GPA 2.50 for enrollment.
  • ** Course requires Prerequisites: ENG 200 and one other 200-level Literature course with C or better.
  • More information about this concentration and elective courses cls.asu.edu/lgbt/ 

Introduction 3 Hours Required

*** 194 (SWU) Special Topics: Introduction to LGBT Studies

OR SWU 180 Introduction to LGBT Studies (3) (Credit is allowed for only SWU 180 or 194 (Introduction to LGBT Studies))

Capstone 3 Hours Required
Select in consultation with an LGBT advisor.

See LGBT Advisor for details.

Electives 12 Hours Required
Select in consultation with an LGBT advisor.
Choose elective courses from the following:

AMS 394 Topic: American Sex (3)

APA 210 Introduction to Ethnic Studies in the U.S., C (3)

APA 310 Asian Pacific American Arts and Cultures, HU & C (3) (Prerequisite: APA 200 or APA 210 or minimum 30 hours. Credit is allowed for only APA 310 or FMS 310)

APA 330 Asian Pacific American Genders and Sexualities, SB & C (3) (Credit allowed for only APA 330 or WST 331)

APA 345 Asian Pacific Americans in Film, HU & C & H (3)

APA 360 Asian Pacific American Experience Topics: Multiracial Experiences OR Chinese Americans, (HU or SB) & C (3) (Prerequisite: APA 200 or APA 210 or 30 hours)

ARS 440/540 & FMS 427/527 Identity and World Film (3) (Prerequisite: Minimum 55 hours; At least one 200-level course in literature, art history, history, OR film and media studies with a grade of B- or better; Credit allowed for only ARS 440, FMS 427, ENG 465, ARS, ENG or FMS 494 (Identity and World Film))

ARS 485/585 Women in the Visual Arts, L (3) (Prerequisites: ARS 101, & ARS 102; credit for ARS 585 or ARS 485)

ASB 210 Human Sexuality: Anthropological Perspectives, SB& G (3)

ASM 591 Topic: Bioarchaeology of Sex and Gender

BIS 350 Diversity and Organizations (Student must choose LGBT focus with instructor, and then get approved and placed by advisor)

COM 316 Gender and Communication, SB & C (3)*

COM 341 Social Contexts in Performance (3)* ( Student must choose LGBT focus with instructor, and then get approved and placed by advisor)

COM 421 Rhetoric in Social Movements, HU (3)* (Prerequisites: COM 308 or COM 309 C or better; COM 321 or 323 C or better)

COM 442 Identity, Performance, and Human Communication (3)* (Prerequisites: COM 225 or COM 241 with D or better)

COM 464 Communicative Sexualities (1-4)*

ENG 345/453** Selected Authors/Issues: “Freaks of Nature”/Freaks of Culture: Extraordinary Embodiments

ENG 345/453** Selected Authors/Issues: Transgender and Intersex Literature and Film

ENG 364 Women and Literature, HU (3) (Student must choose LGBT focus with instructor, and then get approved and placed by advisor)

FAS 332 Human Sexuality, SB (3)

FMS/TCL 270 Race and Gender in American Film, HU & C (3)

FMS 394 Topic: Television and Sexuality

FMS 598 Race and Gender in American Film

HON 394 I Can’t Even Think Straight! Queer Theory (1) (Prerequisite: Barrett Honors student; Minimum 30 hours)

HST 363 Sex and Society in Early Modern Europe, (HU or SB) & H (3)

HST 364 Sex and Society in Modern Europe, (L or SB) & H (3)

JUS 200 Topic: Sexuality and Social Justice, SB (3)

JUS 435 Cinema and Justice (Prerequisites: Minimum 36 hours; Minimum 2.00 GPA)

JUS 438 Human Difference: Dilemmas of Justice (L or HU) & C (3) (Prerequisites: Minimum 36 hours; Minimum 2.00 GPA)

MIC 314 HIV/AIDS: Science, Behavior, and Society (3)

PHI 494 Philosophy of Sex and Love

SST 394 Special Topics: Queer Visual Culture

SWU 291 Social Service Delivery Systems (3) (Prerequisites: PGS 100, PGS 101, SOC 101 or SOC 301; Pre/Co-requisites: SWU 171 with a C or better if completed)

SWU 374 Diversity and Oppression, C (3) (Pre/Co-requisite: SWU 310 with C or better if completed)

SWU 498 Pro-Seminar: Lesbian and Gay Issues (1-7)

THP 482 Theatre for Social Change, C (3)

WST 100 Women, Gender, and Society, SB & C (3) (Credit is only allowed for WST 100 OR 300)

WST 191 Topic: Sex and the City (1) (Prerequisites: Must be a freshman with 25 or less total earned hours)

WST 300 Women in Contemporary Society, SB & C (3) (Pre-requisite: 30 min hours; credit allowed for WST 300 or 100)

WST 313 Women and Sexuality, SB (3) (Pre-requisite: 30 minimum hours)

WST 333 Critical Perspectives on Sexuality, SB & C (3) (Prerequisites: WST 100 or 300 with C or better)

WST 340 Gender, Science, and Technology, SB (3) (Prerequisites: WST 100, 300 or minimum 30 hours)

WST 371 Sex and the City: Women, Sexuality, and Popular Culture, HU & C (3) (Prerequisite: Minimum 30 hours)

WST 380 Race, Class, and Gender, SB & C (3) (Prerequisites: WST 100 or 300 C or better; Min 6 upper-division hours; Credit is allowed for only WST 350 or 380)

WST 394 Topic: Masculinities

WST 394 Topic: Queer Studies

WST 394 Topic: Sex, Violence, and the Media

WST 791 Gender, Race, and Biotech: Biopolitics across Borders (Prerequisites: Degree-seeking graduate students only)




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