LGBT Studies Certificate Program

Established in 2003, the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Studies Certificate Program is a campus-wide interdisciplinary certificate open to undergraduate students in any major. The certificate has become very popular, with 55 students having completed their certificates and 46 currently enrolled as of February, 2007.

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LGBT and allies alike want to learn more about this exciting and emerging area of study. Over 30 faculty collaborate across departments, including Art History, English, Educational Policy Studies, French & Italian, History, Medical History, Sociology, Theatre & Drama, and Women’s Studies. The certificate offers challenging courses across a broad range of disciplines to provide students with a holistic understanding of LGBT issues, including the historical evolution of sexual identities, the role of “outsiders” in defining the structure and definition of the larger society, the relationship between gender systems and sexual orientation, the development of lesbian and gay cultural institutions, and institutionalized forms of heterosexism and homophobia.

You can benefit students in the LGBT Certificate Program by making a gift to fund visiting lectureships, faculty fellowships, graduate fellowships, or student scholarships. Annual gifts of any amount are sought and welcomed. In addition, gifts may be named in honor of you or a loved one. Endowment gifts, also named, are encouraged to help ensure the long-term viability of the LGBT Certificate program. Gifts at this level provide support for a scholarship in perpetuity, and allow generations of students to realize their educational goals.