Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) studies at CU Boulder is an interdisciplinary program encompassing more than 20 courses in a dozen departments. LGBTQ studies involves 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.

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To join our program, complete the online LGBTQ Certificate application form.
Email LGBTQ@Colorado.edu with any questions, or problems with the application form.


The LGBTQ Studies Certificate is open to any CU Boulder student and requires the completion of the following course requirements (listed below). Nondegree students must be admitted through Continuing Education to pursue the certificate. Semester course registration for nondegree students is on a space-available basis through Continuing Education’s ACCESS program.

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To receive the Certificate in LGBTQ Studies, a student must fulfill the following requirements:

  • 18 credit hours of acceptable course work from the certificate program list
  • 9 credit hours must be upper division
  • Students must receive a C- or better in the accepted courses
  • No pass/fail credits will count toward the requirements of the program

Required courses:

  • LGBT 2000 – Introduction to LGBT Studies
  • LGBT 3796 – Queer Theory

Elective courses:

  • Elective courses are listed each semester under the “courses” tab
  • Students need a total of 12 hours of elective courses, with at least 6 hours of upper division electives
  • See list to the right for pre-approved electives, other courses may be considered for approval by a program director.

*Up to six credit hours of independent study may be applied toward the certificate program

*Credits earned at other institutions may be transferred in partial fulfillment of the requirements upon approval of a program director. No more than 12 credit hours (6 upper division) of transferred course work may be applied to the certificate


Students may have the opportunity to participate in supervised internships at university program and advocacy groups, local businesses, human service or government agencies. Internships will focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer issues, such as anti-violence programs, educational outreach, and civil rights initiatives. To register for the internship class, please fill out the A&S internship application: http://www.colorado.edu/advising/policies-procedures/forms-petitions. Email form to lgbtq@colorado.edu.

Independent Study:

Self-directed research project in LGBTQ studies supervised by a faculty member and approved by one of the co-directors of the LGBTQ Studies Certificate Program

Pre-Approved LGBTQ Studies Electives
The following courses are preapproved to count towards the LGBTQ Certificate program requirements, and have been offered in the past 2 years. See 'Courses' in the menu above for current course offerings. Other courses may also be included with approval from the LGBTQ Program directors. Email LGBTQ@colorado.edu with any questions.

LGBT 2000/WGST 2030 Introduction to LGBT Studies
LGBT 4400 Critical Inquiries in Transgender Studies
LGBT/ENGL 2707 Introduction to LGBT Literature
LGBT/ENGL 3796 Queer Theory
ANTH 3180 Gender, Culture, and Sexuality
ARAB 3410 Gender, Sexuality and Culture in the Modern Middle East
ASIA 3300 Sex & Gender in Asian Film & Literature
CLAS/WGST 2110 Gender & Sexuality in Ancient Rome
CLAS/WGST 2100 Gender & Sexuality in Ancient Greece
EDUC 4301 Queering topics in Education
EDUC 4325 Queering Literacy in Secondary Classrooms
ETHN 3101 Topics in Ethnic Studies: Queer/Trans of Color Critiques
HEBR/JWST 3202 Women, Gender & Sexuality in Jewish Texts & Traditions
HIST 2326 Topics: US Society & Culture: Queer US History 1890-2010
HIST 4626 History of Gender and Sexuality in the US from 1870
LING 2400 Language, Gender & Sexuality
MDST/WGST 4331 Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality in Popular Culture
PSCI/WGST 3174 Sex, Power, and Politics: U.S. Perspectives
PSCI 3301 /WGST 3300 Gender, Sexuality, and U.S. Law
PSCI/WGST 3311 Gender and U.S. Politics: Protest, Polls and Policy
SOCY/WGST 1006 Social Construction of Sexuality
THTR 4049 Performing Queer Voices - This topic only
WGST 2020 Femininities/Masculinities/Alternatives
WGST 2050 Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture
WGST 2700 Psychology of Gender & Sexuality
WGST 3510 Gender, Sexuality and Global Health
WGST 3520 Gender & Sexuality in Africa
WGST 3600 Latina/X Studies
WGST 3767 Feminist Fictions
WGST 4300 Sex, Power, Politics: International Perspectives
WGST 4620 Global History of Sexuality: The Modern Era
WRTG 3020 Topics in Writing: Gender, Sexuality & New Media

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