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LGBTQ+ Studies

LGBTQ+ Studies at San Diego State University is an independent and interdisciplinary program that is housed in the College of Arts and Letters.  The program fosters academic excellence, cultural competency, and student leadership via courses, community internships, international experiences, and faculty mentoring.

Our mission is to advance knowledge in sexual and gender identity, and increase 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 LGBTQ+ subcultures and identities from a global perspective. Throughout the program of study, we consider the full range of genders, sexualities, races, ethnicities, classes, physical abilities, religions, and political persuasions that characterize current LGBTQ+ movements and communities.  The major and advanced certificate also expose students to community service and activism via a large selection of internships. A major, minor and certificate in LGBTQ+ Studies prepare students for a large variety of careers. Students can work in LGBTQ+ non-profit agencies, law, local and national politics, health care settings, counseling centers, journalism, news media, theatre, film, fine arts, and education.

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LGBTQ+ Studies stands in solidarity with racial justice and Black Lives Matter.

LGBTQ+ Studies stands in solidarity with Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities

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Program Director

Marie Draz.

Professor Marie Draz
Women's Studies Department
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-6030

Email: [email protected]
Office: AL 376


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