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Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies

College of Arts and Humanities

2101 Woods Hall, 301-405-6877
www.lgbts.umd.edu
Director: Dr. Marilee Lindemann

The Program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies (LGBT) offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate and a minor designed to examine the lives, experiences, identities and representations of LGBT persons, those who are today described as having a minority sexual orientation or who are gender transgressive.  Students study LGBT families and communities, cultures and subcultures; histories, institutions, languages and literatures; economic and political lives; and the complex relations of sexual minorities to the culture and experience of the gender conformant and (hetero)sexual majority. LGBT Studies is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary field, and promotes the application of new theories and methodologies (e.g., queer, feminist, critical race, and multicultural theories) to established disciplines, and it advances the generation of new knowledge within traditional fields of scholarship. Through study of sexual minorities, students gain an understanding of and respect for other differences in human lives such as age, ability, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and religion.  With their faculty advisors, certificate candidates design a program that complements their major field of study.

Certificate Requirements:

21 credits:  15 credits are in required courses, while 6 credits are earned in two elective courses.

A. Required core curriculum for the Certificate in LGBT Studies (15 credits)

1.  LGBT200 - Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and  Transgender Studies

2.  One lower-level course focused on literature, art, or culture by or about LGBT people, either LGBT265 (X-listed as ENGL265) or LGBT291 (X-listed as CMLT291) ;

3. One of the following upper-division courses focused on the personal, social, political, and historical aspects of LGBT people: LGBT350, LGBT407 (X-listed as PHIL407), or LGBT494 (X-listed as WMST494);

4. One of the following upper-division courses focused on literature, art, or culture by or about LGBT people: LGBT359 (X-listed as ENGL359), LGBT459 (X-listed as ENGL459), LGBT465 (X-listed as ENGL465); or LGBT327

5.     One of the following:

a.  LGBT488
Seminar in LGBT Studies
b.  LGBT386
Supervised Internship - LGBT Community Organizations

B.   Elective courses for the Certificate in LGBT Studies (6 credits)

Students choose 6 hours of elective credits in consultation with their advisor in LGBT Studies. At least 3 hours of elective credits must be from upper-division courses (i.e., those numbered 300 or above). Students are encouraged to choose electives to complement their knowledge of LGBT people and issues by exploring disciplines that contrast with the major field of study.  Students may select elective courses from the list of core courses above that have not been used to fulfill requirements for categories 2-5, or from a list of approved courses maintained by the program.  The list is updated regularly and available at www.lgbts.umd.edu/minor.html .  A student may also petition to have any other course fulfill this requirement by providing evidence, usually the syllabus, that a substantial amount of the course work, usually including a term paper, consists of LGBT material.

  • Appropriate substitutions for courses listed in categories 2 through 4 above may be made with approval from the Director of LGBT Studies.
  • No course earned with a grade below "C-" will count toward the certificate in LGBT Studies.
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 in the certificate is required for graduation.
  • Students may use a maximum of nine credits (or three courses) to satisfy the requirements of both their major and the certificate in LGBT Studies.
  • No more than nine of the required credits may be taken at an institution other than the University of Maryland, College Park.
  • Students must declare the certificate in LGBT Studies to the Director of LGBT Studies one year prior to their intended graduation to assure appropriate advising and record-keeping.

Minor Requirements:
15 credits: 12 credits are in required courses, while 3 credits are earned in one upper-level elective course.

A. Required core curriculum for the Minor in LGBT Studies (12 credits)

1. LGBT200 - Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

2. One lower-level course focused on literature, art, or culture by or about LGBT people, either LGBT265 (X-listed as ENGL265) or LGBT291 (X-listed as CMLT291);

3. One of the following upper-division courses focused on the personal, social, political, and historical aspects of LGBT people: LGBT350, LGBT407 (X-listed as PHIL407), or LGBT494 (X-listed as WMST494);

4. One of the following upper-division courses focused on literature, art, or culture by or about LGBT people: LGBT359 (X-listed as ENGL359), LGBT459 (X-listed as ENGL459), LGBT465 (X-listed as ENGL465); or LGBT327.

B. Elective course for the Minor in LGBT Studies (3 credits)

An upper-division elective will complement the required courses.  This elective may be a course from categories 3 and 4 above that has not been used to fulfill requirements; or it may be one of the capstone courses in LGBT Studies (LGBT 386 or LGBT 488), or a course chosen from the list of approved electives for the LGBT Studies program.  The list of approved electives is available at www.lgbts.umd.edu/minor.html. ; A student may also petition to have any course fulfill this requirement by providing evidence, usually the syllabus, that a substantial amount of the course work, usually including a term paper, consists of LGBT material.

  • Appropriate substitutions for courses listed in categories 2 through 4 above may be made with approval from the Director of LGBT Studies.
  • No course earned with a grade below "C-" will count toward the minor in LGBT Studies.
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required for graduation.
  • Students may use a maximum of six credits (or two courses) to satisfy the requirements of both their major and the minor in LGBT Studies. However, courses taken to complete the minor in LGBT Studies may not be used to satisfy the requirements of another minor.
  • No more than six of the required credits (or two courses) may be taken at an institution other than the University of Maryland, College Park. However, at least six upper division credits applied to the minor must be taken at this university.
  • Students must declare the minor in LGBT Studies to the Director of LGBT Studies one year prior to their intended graduation to assure appropriate advising and record-keeping.

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