Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies
College of Arts and Humanities
2101 Woods Hall, 301-405-6877
The LGBT minor in the Department of Women's Studies is a 15 credit program which provides students an opportunity for interdisciplinary study of the lives, experiences, identities, and representations of LGBT people. This course of study provides solid grounding in the major concepts and methods that define studies of sex, gender, and gender identity today.
Any student in good standing in the university may enroll in the LGBT Studies minor. In consultation with the Department of Women's Studies Academic Advisor, students will design a minor program that complements their major field of study.
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 (LGBT386 or LGBT488), 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 Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Women's 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 are advised to declare the minor in LGBT Studies to the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Women's Studies one year prior to their intended graduation to assure appropriate advising and record-keeping.
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