The LGBTQ Studies minor is designed to engage students in the interdisciplinary field of LGBTQ studies through an intersectional framework. The courses will draw from the history of the LGBTQ movement in the United States as well as transnational movements on debates around gender and sexuality. Courses will also focus on theoretical frameworks important in LGBTQ studies such as queer theory, crip theory, feminist theory, and critical race theory. In addition to this focus, courses will also draw from activist frameworks to discuss LGBTQ issues. With these frameworks, students will explore issues of policy, legislation, media representation, theoretical debates, and activism within LGBTQ communities. This minor will prepare them to construct arguments and apply theory to practice in LGBTQ related coursework and professional organizations.

Policies

Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see the Undergraduate Policies section of this catalog.

Banner Code: LGBT

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

Foundational Course

WMST 208Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies3
Total Credits3

Theory Course

WMST 402Queer Theory3
Total Credits3

LGBTQ Issues in Institutional Contexts 

Select 3 credits from the following:3
Gender, Health, and Culture in the United States
Gender, Race, Sexuality, and TV
Current Topics in LGBTQ Studies
Gender, Sexuality, and International Migration
Challenging Pride: Bias Within the LGBTQ Community
LGBTQ Issues in Education
LGBTQ Health
Other special topics courses with the approval of the minor advisor
Total Credits3

Electives 

Select 9 credits that focus on sexuality studies not already used for above requirement. Six credits must be at the 300- or 400-level.9
Introduction to Documentary (Mason Core)
Film and Video Forms
Cultural Constructions of Sexualities
Sexuality and Human Behavior
Culture, Sexuality and the Global AIDS Epidemic
Gender Representation in Popular Culture (Mason Core)
Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (Mason Core)
Current Issues in Women and Gender Studies (with approval when topic is appropriate)
Gender, Social Justice, and Activism (LLC course; with approval when topic is appropriate)
Theoretical Perspectives in Women and Gender Studies
Gender, Race, Sexuality, and TV
Current Topics in LGBTQ Studies
Lesbian and Bisexual Theories
Gender, Sexuality, and Disability
Transnational Sexualities
Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights
Gender, Sexuality, and International Migration
Challenging Pride: Bias Within the LGBTQ Community
LGBTQ Issues in Education
LGBTQ Health
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies (with the approval of the minor advisor)
Other special topics courses with the approval of the minor advisor.
Total Credits9