Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies

The Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies explores questions about sexuality, identity, gender, community, representation, diversity, assimilation, and discrimination that are both academically and socially significant.

This certificate is designed for all students, regardless of major, who have an interest in learning more about the history and contemporary life of LGBT individuals. Students who earn the LGBT Studies certificate are prepared for careers that involve interaction with people of diverse backgrounds in areas such as business, education, healthcare, and law. Some graduates go on to work in social services or public affairs, promoting equality in legislation and policy.

Coursework in this program is interdisciplinary and includes materials and methods from many fields, including Africology, anthropology, communication, comparative literature, economics, English, ethnic studies, film studies, health sciences, history, linguistics, music, nursing, political science, psychology, social welfare, sociology, theatre, and women's and gender studies.

Download our fact sheet to the right to learn more about this certificate.

Certificate Requirements

Total LGBT Credits

18 credits

Required Courses (9 credits)

LGBT 200 - Introduction to LGBT Studies, 3 credits

WGS 301 - Queer Theory, 3 credits

LGBT 599 - Selected Topics in LGBT Studies: (Subtitle), 3 credits

Electives (9 credits)

9 credits of approved LGBT Studies curricular area or cross-listed coursework

  • Africol 344 - Political Movements and Organizations in the Afroworld, 3 credits
  • Africol 418 - Race, Class and Gender in the Caribbean, 3 credits
  • Africol 565 - Selected Texts/Topics in Africology: "HIV/AIDS" subtitle, 3 credits
  • Anthro 102 - Introduction to Anthropology: Culture and Society, 3 credits
  • Anthro 400 - Human Sociobiology, 3 credits
  • Anthro 445 - Psychological Anthropology, 3 credits
  • BMS 201 - Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS, 3 credits
  • BMS/ComSDis/HCA/KIN/OccThpy/TherRec 245 - Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective, 3 credits
  • Commun 401 - Communication in Marital and Family Relationships, 3 credits
  • Commun 402 - Gender and Communication, 3 credits
  • Commun 681 - Seminar in Communication in a World of AIDS, 3 credits
  • CompLit 233 - Literature and Film: "Body and Desire from Hollywood to Bollywood" subtitle, 3 credits
  • Econ 248 - Economics of Discrimination, 3 credits
  • Ed Pol 532 - Male Identity: Education and Development, 3 credits
  • English 247 - Literature and Human Experience: "Sexuality and Identity" and "Whitman and Ginsberg - Liberating American Bards" subtitles, 3 credits
  • English 248 - Literature and Contemporary Life: "Growing Up Gay," "Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies," "Whitman and Ginsberg - Preeminent American Bards, " "Queer Theory and the Novel" subtitles, 3 credits
  • English 263 - Introduction to the Novel: "Queer Modernism" subtitle, 3 credits
  • English 268 - Introduction to Cultural Studies: "Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality in Contemporary American Writing" subtitle, 3 credits
  • English 295 - Women in Film, 3 credits
  • English 312 - Topics in Film Studies: "Queer Cinema Queer Filmmakers" subtitle, 3 credits
  • English 380 - Media and Society: "Film and Identity" and "From Nosferatu to Buffy" subtitles, 3 credits
  • English 547 - Studies in Theory and Criticism: "Feminist Literary Theory" subtitle, 3 credits
  • English 629 - Seminar in Literature and Sexuality: "Contemporary LGBT Literature" subtitle, 3 credits
  • Ethnic 250 - Selected Topics in Ethnic Studies: "Queer Migrations" subtitle, 3 credits
  • Ethnic 275 - Queer Migrations, 3 credits
  • FilmStd 212 - Intermediate Topics in Film Studies: "Blurring the Gender Line" and "LGBT-TV: Television and Sexuality" subtitles, 3 credits
  • FilmStd 669 - Screening Sexuality: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • Hist 141 - The Family and Sex Roles in the Past, 3 credits
  • Hist 241 - Women and Gender in Europe: 1350 to 1750, 3 credits
  • Hist 242 - Women and Gender in Europe: 1750 to the Present, 3 credits
  • Hist 243 - History of Women in American Society, 3 credits
  • Hist 246 - Homosexuality in History, 3 credits
  • Hist 373 - Topics in Gender and History: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • Hist 469 - Manhood in America, 3 credits
  • InfoSt 691 - Special Topics in Information Science: "GLBTQ Literature for Young Adults" subtitle, 3 credits
  • JAMS 111 - Gender and the Media , 3 credits
  • JAMS 660 - Contemporary Issues in Mass Communication: "Race, Gender, and Media" subtitle, 3 credits
  • KIN 351 - Sociological Aspects of Health and Human Movement, 3 credits
  • Linguis 212 - Language and Gender, 3 credits
  • Nurs 101 - Cultural Diversity in Health Care, 3 credits
  • Philos 235 - Philosophical Aspects of Feminism, 3 credits
  • Philos 243 - Moral Problems: "Same-Sex Marriage" subtitle, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 250 - Law and Society, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 412 - Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 464 - Women and the Law, 3 credits
  • Pol Sci 471 - Problems in Law Studies: "Law and Sexuality" subtitle, 3 credits
  • Psych 319 - Gay and Lesbian Psychology, 3 credits
  • Psych 320 - Psychology of Women, 3 credits
  • Soc Wrk 100 - Introduction to Human Services, 3 credits
  • Soc Wrk 250 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 3 credits
  • Soc Wrk 581 - Youth Work Practice, 3 credits
  • Soc Wrk 665 - Cultural Diversity and Social Work, 3 credits
  • Sociol 250 - Sex and Gender, 3 credits
  • Sociol 255 - Sociology of Sexuality, 3 credits
  • Sociol 260 - The Family and Intimate Relationships, 3 credits
  • Sociol 341 - Sociology of Deviant Behavior, 3 credits
  • Sociol 440 - Sociology of the Family, 3 credits
  • Sociol 444 - Sociology of the Body, 3 credits
  • Sociol 475 - Seminar in Feminist Social Theory, 3 credits
  • Theatre 490 - Topics in Theatre: "Gay Plays" subtitle, 3 credits
  • WGS 200 - Introduction to Women's Studies: A Social Science Perspective, 3 credits
  • WGS 201 - Introduction to Women's Studies: A Humanities Perspective, 3 credits
  • WGS 301 - Queer Theory, 3 credits
  • WGS 302 - Gendered Bodies: (Subtitle), 3 credits
  • WGS 303 - Feminist Activism and Movements: "Politics of Gender, Sexuality, AIDS in Milwaukee" subtitle, 3 credits
  • WGS 380 - Honors Seminar in the Social Sciences: "Constructed Identities - Gender and Representation in Cinema" subtitle, 3 credits
  • WGS 401 - Global Feminism, 3 credits
  • WGS 489 - Feminism in the City: Internship in Women's Studies
  • WGS 500 - Advanced Social Science Seminar in Women's Studies: (Subtitle)
  • WGS 501 - Advanced Humanities Seminar in Women's Studies: "Gender and Sexuality in Postwar America: 1945-1960" and "The Bad and the Beautiful - Women in Film Noir" subtitles
  • WGS 599 - Topics in Women's Studies: "Feminism, Masculinity, and Men," "Gender and the Build Environment," "Women's Studies Research Methods - Gendered Bodies" subtitles

Additional Information

Students are limited to a maximum of 6 credits in independent study and no more than 9 credits from any one department. Three (3) credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above. At least half the credits must be taken in residence at UWM, and no courses may be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

No more than nine credits from courses at other institutions to the program requirements.

GPA Requirement

The LGBT certificate requires that students attain at least a 2.500 GPA.