Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies



The Advanced Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies advances knowledge in sexual and gender identity, and increases understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, ethnic/racial, and contemporary experiences of people across sexualities.  The focus is on the changing nature of same-sex desire, sexual behavior, and same-sex relationships from antiquity to the present.  Courses focus on emerging LGBT subcultures and identities from a global perspective.  Throughout the program of study, students will carefully consider the full range of genders, sexualities, races, ethnicities, classes, physical abilities, religions, and political persuasions that characterize current LGBT movements and communities.  Courses are designed to provide students with a comprehensive, integrated, and scholarly education.  The certificate also exposes students to community service and activism via a large selection of internships. 

The Advanced Certificate was created because of the large number of SDSU graduate students conducting thesis research on LGBT topics, graduate students who have enrolled in LGBT internships, graduate students attending Lavender Graduation, and undergraduates graduating with majors or minors in LGBT studies. The Advanced Certificate is intended for post-baccalaureate students who are interested in LGBT topics, graduate students conducting research on LGBT issues within their academic discipline, and/or those seeking future employment in LGBT organizations. SDSU is the first CSU with a graduate-level certificate in LGBT Studies and the first in California to have such a certificate program.

How to Apply

Students who are not currently enrolled as SDSU graduate students should apply via www.csumentor.edu.

Students who are currently enrolled as SDSU graduate students:

  • Make an appointment with the LGBT Studies advisor in order to fill out the Request for Permission to Enter an Advanced Certificate Progam Form and then take the signed form to the Graduate Division in SSW

  • But if the student is graduating from their MA program before completing the certificate, then they do need to apply via grad admission (www.csumentor.edu) to continue in the certificate program

  • Students can count courses for BOTH their graduate program and for the certificate with permission of the advisor

Catalog description:

The advanced certificate requires 12 units, to include Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender 598 and 9 units from English 519, 525, 550, 563*, 625*, 725*; History 583*, 640*; Liberal Arts and Sciences 601*; Religious Studies 581*; Women’s Studies 535, 606, 608, 610.  Six units must be at the 600- or 700-level.  Additional courses are acceptable with the approval of the advisor.  For further information, contact the graduate adviser at 619-594-6662.

*With advisor approval

Last Update: 24 February, 2014
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