Minor in LGBTQ Studies

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.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Minor Requirements

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

Core Courses

Foundational Course

WMST 208 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies 3
Total Credits 3

Theory Course

WMST 402 Queer Theory 3
Total Credits 3

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  
WMST 409
Gender, Sexuality, and International Migration  
WMST 412
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 Credits 3

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  
GCH 370
Sexuality and Human Behavior  
GCH 450
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  
WMST 407
Transnational Sexualities  
WMST 408
Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights  
WMST 409
Gender, Sexuality, and International Migration  
WMST 412
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 Credits 9