The GLBT Studies Minor focuses on history, politics, and cultures of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons. Courses are designed to help students explore the diversity of GLBT communities, the history and present conditions of sexual and gender identity formation, and the functioning and institutionalization of ideologies of sexuality in a democratic society. Students who undertake this minor will also consider multiple perspectives on how to analyze and address issues of homophobia, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression in the United States.
The minor is ideal for majors in the following programs who have an interest in relating issues of sexuality and gender to their areas of research and study.
Other majors may find the minor of interest as well.
The intersection of a top-flight research institution with an increasingl diverse metropolitan area makes the University of Minnesota an exciting place for GLBT studies. The undergraduate minor degree program in GLBT Studies is offered through the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, a department committed to the critical examination of gender and sexuality for 30 years. The interdisciplinary curriculum reflects the current breadth of theory and research on GLBT issues, drawing on a variety of disciplines—Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, GLBT Studies, Literary Studies, Family Social Science, History, American Studies, Art History, and Sociology, among others—to actively engage students and provoke critical thought.
The minor consists of GLBT 1001 (3 credits) and an additional 15 upper division credits, to include two core courses and at least three electives. Core courses will focus on issues relating to the history, culture, social and political formations, and experiences of GLBT people. Elective courses may be drawn from the Theory of Sexuality Courses or a list of GLBT-focused courses (courses emphasizing GLBT issues/experiences) and of GLBT-component courses (those courses having one-quarter or more of their materials relating to the history, culture, social and political formations, or experiences of GLBT people).
Three electives either from the Theory of Sexuality Courses above, the list below, or an approved course of your choice.**
** Additional courses not listed can be approved by submitting a syllabus and/or course description, related course materials such as research papers, and proof of enrollment to the minor's academic advisor.