Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies  (Certificate)

Study the experiences, history, culture and contemporary issues related to LGBTQ people, with an emphasis on analytical skills and community service. This certificate program is excellent preparation for advanced study in graduate and professional programs, employment in many fields and activism in participatory democracy.

Program Description

The certificate program in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies offers students a multifaceted understanding of society.

Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people play important roles as colleagues, clients, parents, children, siblings, neighbors, employees, employers, religious leaders and friends. Given the increasing visibility and changing political climate for LGBTQ people in the United States, all students, not only those who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, are served well by learning about the histories, communities and contemporary social issues regarding people from LGBTQ backgrounds.

The educational experience is enhanced when students are introduced to complex intersections between and among sexual, racial, ethnic, religious, geographic and national identities. The philosophy of this certificate program in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies is to promote intellectual and pedagogical diversity as one of the university's greatest assets, and this is done, in part, by instilling in students a sensitivity to cultures different from their own and through careful analysis of the self in historical, artistic and sociocultural contexts.

The goals of the certificate program are to give students knowledge about the history, evolution of and current issues facing the LBGTQ community; practical experience utilizing coursework knowledge in the community through an internship or community service project; and theoretical perspectives on heterosexuality as a presumptive sexual identity. Students gain an understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies as an academic area of inquiry; an understanding of community politics, dynamics and conflicts; and engages in a use-inspired education that culminates in a public presentation.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Program Requirements

Students interested in admission to the certificate program should meet with an academic advisor in the School of Social Transformation as soon as possible in order to complete a certificate declaration form and to select courses that most appropriately meet students' individual needs.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Enrollment Requirements

The certificate requires 15 credit hours; a minimum of 12 must be upper-division.

Required Courses:
SWU 180 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Studies, SB, C (3)

Electives (9):
electives are selected from an approved list*

Capstone (3)

*Please see: https://cisa.asu.edu/lgbt/checksheets.

A "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better is required in all upper-division course work.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Program Contact Information

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