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 15 credit hours which includes 12 upper division hours for this concentration.
  • A minimum of 12 credit 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: https://webapp4.asu.edu/programs/t5/majorinfo/ASU00/PPLGBTCERT/undergrad/true

Introduction 3 Hours Required

SST 294: Introduction to LGBTQ History and Culture (3)

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.

All students will complete a three credit hour capstone experience after completing a minimum of nine credit hours in the certificate program. The capstone experience will be supervised by any member of the faculty approved by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Committee. See LGBT Advisor for details.

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

AFR 351 / JUS 351 / WST 351: Gender and Hip Hop (3)

AFR 375: Race, Gender and Sport (SB & C) (3)

APA 330: Asian Pacific American Genders and Sexualities ((L or SB) & C) (3)

APA 345: Asian Pacific Americans and Film (HU & C & H) (3)

ARS 485: Women in the Visual Arts (L) (3)

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

Notes: Only Interdisciplinary Studies major may use additional lower-division courses

ASB 346: Marriage and Family Diversity (SB & C) (3)

BIS 350: Diversity and Organizations (L & C) (3)

Notes: Student must pick LGBT focus for course project and receive approval from certificate advisor.

COM 316: Gender and Communication (SB & C) (3)

COM 421: Rhetoric of Social Issues (HU) (3)

COM 442: Identity, Performance, and Human Communication (3)

COM 494: Gender in the Media (3)

ENG 345: Transgender and Intersex Literature and Film (3)

ENG 440: Sexuality (3)

ENG 443: Gender, Culture and Literacy (3)

ENG 449: Masculinities, Femininities and Literacies (3)

ENG 454: Gender and Literature (L or HU) (3)

FAS 264: Sociology of Gender (SB & C) (3)

Notes: Only Interdisciplinary Studies majors may use additional lower-division courses.

FAS 332: Human Sexuality (SB) (3)

FAS 498: Transgender Youth and Families (3)

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

JUS 371: Sexuality and Social Justice (3)

JUS 427: Identity and Justice (L) (3)

JUS 435: Cinema and Justice (3)

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

SST 494: Transformational Leadership and Embodied Activism (3)

SWU 291: Social Service Delivery Systems (3)

Notes: Only Interdisciplinary Studies majors may use additional lower-division courses

SWU 374: Diversity and Oppression in a Social Work Context (C) (3)

SWU 461: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Issues (C) (3)

THE 494: Queer Plays and Films (3)

WST 100: Women, Gender, and Society (SB & C) (3)

Notes: Only Interdisciplinary Studies majors may use additional lower-division courses. Credit is only allowed for WST 100 or 300

WST 300: Women and Gender in Contemporary Society (SB & C) (3)

Notes: Credit is only allowed for WST 100 or 300

WST 313: Women and Sexuality (SB & C) (3)

WST 335: Lost in Space: Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Science Fiction (3)

WST 380: Race, Gender, and Class (SB & C) (3)

WST 413: Queer Studies (HU & C) (3)

WST 433: Race and Sexualities in Social Justice Movements (3)

WST 460: Women and the Body (SB & C) (3)

WST 470: Gender and Popular Culture (HU & C) (3)

WST 477: Gender and Violence (SB & C) (3)




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