LGBT Studies Program

Welcome to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies Program

The LGBT Studies Program is housed in the Department of Women's Studies, in the College of Arts and Humanities. It currently offers an undergraduate certificate and a minor. The certificate is a 21-credit interdisciplinary course of study comprised of 15 required and 6 elective credits designed to complement any student's major field of study. The minor is a 15-credit interdisciplinary course of study comprised of 12 required and 3 elective credits. All current UMD students are eligible to pursue the certificate or minor; contact the Department of Women's Studies undergraduate advisor to register.

We are located in 2101 Woods Hall,
in The Department of Women's Studies

Read more about what's new for 2014-2015

We welcome to campus Alexis Lothian, Assistant Professor in Women's Studies. She is teaching one section of LGBT 200 this fall, and will teach LGBT 488F "Queer Futures" (the senior seminar) in the Spring.

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Registration for Spring 2015 is now available! See the list LGBT course offerings. Courses to look out for include 494 "Lesbian Communities and Differences".

To make an advising appointment, or to sign up for the minor or certifcate in LGBT Studies, go to and select an available slot.

We are now accepting proposals for QUEER SPECULATIONS, the Eighth Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium. The symposium will be held Friday, April 17, 2015.

Faculty News: We congratulate Mehl Penrose, Associate Professor of Spanish, on his recently published book, Masculinity and Queer Desire in Spanish Enlightenment Literature

We congratulate Christina Hanhardt, Associate Professor in American Studies and LGBT Studies, on her book, Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence which is the 2014 Lambda Literary Award Winner in LGBT Studies.

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For other current events on campus check with the LGBT Equity Center, the The One Project, the Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy office, the Pride Alliance.