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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Studies Program

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder is an interdisciplinary program encompassing more than 20 courses in a dozen departments, involving the academic investigation of sexuality in established fields such as literature, history, theatre, law, medicine, economics, sociology, anthropology, political science, and the arts. With its interdisciplinary approach, LGBTQ Studies interweaves complex theories and analysis into the study of sexuality and gender. Through the certificate program and the guidance of faculty advisors, students are given an opportunity to integrate a wide variety of courses offered in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, to extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of societies and cultures and to relate that understanding to lived experience.

As an academic discipline, LGBTQ Studies examines:

  • the history of queerness
  • the politics of sexual oppression and empowerment
  • the relationship of sexual identity with racial, national & ethnic identies
  • the representation of sexualities in music, literature, art
  • the meaning of queerness in individual identity and the examined life

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Earn a Certificate in LGBTQ Studies!

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The LGBTQ Studies Certificate is open to any CU Boulder student and requires the completion of 18 approved credit hours, including two required courses:

  • LGBT 2000 - Intro to LGBTQ Studies
  • LGBT 3796 - Queer Theory

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The certificate allows students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the interdisciplinary and intersectional academic study of sexualities, and to work alongside award-winning faculty who research this field.

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LGBTQ studies is the academic investigation of sexuality in established fields such as literature, history, theatre, law, medicine, economics, sociology, anthropology and political science. By its very nature LGBTQ studies is interdisciplinary.

Founded in 1996, the LGBTQ Studies Program Certificate encourages students to think across established disciplines in order to understand the meaning of sexuality in society. For example, some courses ask for sociological or theoretical questions about the production of sexual norms. How is heteronormativity constructed and maintained in society? How are rubrics critiqued?

Other courses ask historical questions about the specificity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender lives. How have queer communities evolved over time? What is the meaning of same-sex sexuality in a global context?

Apply Now to the LGBTQ Studies Certificate Program!