LGBTS Certificate

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Program (LGBT) at the University of Maryland offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate designed to examine the lives, experiences, identities, and representations of LGBT persons, those who are today described as having a minority sexual orientation or who are gender-transgressive. Students study LGBT families and communities, cultures and subcultures; histories, institutions, languages and literatures; economics and politics; and the complex relations of sexual minorities to the culture and experience of the gender-conformant and (hetero)sexual majority.

LGBT Studies is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary field. It promotes the application of new theories and methodologies (e.g., queer, feminist, critical race, and multicultural theories) to established disciplines, and it advances the generation of new knowledge within traditional fields of scholarship. Through study of sexual minorities, students--regardless of their sexual orientation--gain an understanding of and respect for other differences in human lives such as age, ability, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and religion.

Student Learning Outcomes

In keeping with the above goals and foci, students should expect to achieve the following outcomes through their work in the LGBT Studies Program:

  • familiarity with major concepts and vocabulary in the field of LGBT Studies;
  • proficiency in interpreting same-sex sexuality/eroticism as an aspect of literary/cultural expression;
  • critical reasoning and research skills in the field of LGBT Studies.

Any student in good standing in the University may enroll in the LGBT certificate program by declaring her/his intention to the LGBT program director or a designated advisor for the program. In consultation with a faculty advisor, the certificate candidate will design a program that complements her/his major field of study. The certificate consists of 21 credits, 15 from core courses and 6 from electives. Each student must obtain a grade of C or better in each course that is to be counted toward the certificate.

Credits for the certificate are distributed as follows:

1. LGBT 200—Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

2. One lower-level course focused on literature, art, or culture by or about LGBT people, either LGBT 265 (cross-listed with ENG 265) or LGBT 291 (cross-listed with CMLT 291)

3. One of the following upper-division courses focused on the personal, social, political, and historical aspects of LGBT people: LGBT 350, LGBT 407 (cross-listed with PHIL 407), or LGBT 494 (cross-listed with WMST 494);

4. One of the following upper-division courses focused on literature, art, or culture by or about LGBT people: LGBT 359 (cross-listed with ENGL 359), LGBT 459 (cross-listed with ENGL 459), LGBT 465 (cross-listed with ENGL 465); or LGBT 327

5. One of the following: a. LGBT488--Seminar in LGBT Studies b. LGBT386--Supervised Internship - LGBT Community Organizations

6. Two Electives (one must be upper-division [a course numbered 300 or above]); Students choose elective credits in consultation with their advisor in LGBT Studies.

Note on Electives: Electives may be chosen from the list of core courses (see 1-5 above) or from a list of approved elective courses maintained by the program (see below). Electives should be chosen in consultation with the director and ideally should complement the student's knowledge of LGBT people and issues by exploring disciplines that contrast with the major field of study. Approved electives either contain significant LGBT material, sometimes within a larger context (e.g., HLTH 377 Human Sexuality), or center on interdisciplinary methodological and theoretical tools that may be helpful for a particular focus (e.g., ENGL 444/WMST 444 Feminist Critical Theory). Students may petition to have courses not on the approved elective list count toward the elective requirement by providing evidence, usually the syllabus, that a substantial amount of the course work, such as a term paper, consists of LGBT material. Students should also bear in mind that only 3 credits of "Special Topics" or "Selected Topics" courses can count toward the certificate, though ENGL 359 and 459 do not count toward this maximum.

Approved Electives

  • AASP398T Selected Topics in the African Diaspora: Gender, Sexuality, and the Black Family;
  • AASP478Q Humanities Topics in Afro-American Studies: AIDS and African American: History, Rhetoric, and Literature;
  • AASP498X Special Topics in Black Culture: Race, Gender,and Labor;
  • CMLT 498L: Sexuality in the Cinema
  • EDCP 418D: Special Topics in Leadership: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Leadership
  • ENGL 428B: Seminar in Language & Literature: Race, Gender, and Sexuality
  • ENGL444/WMST444 Feminist Critical Theory;
  • FMSC260 Couple Relationships;
  • FMSC330 Family Theories and Patterns;
  • FMSC430/WMST430 Gender Issues in Families;
  • HIST219R Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Experiences in the 20th Century Unitied States;
  • HLTH377 Human Sexuality;
  • HONR258W Honors Seminar: Exploring Homophobia: Demystifing Lesbian and Gay Issues;
  • LGBT327 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Fim and Video;
  • LGBT448: Special Topics in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies: Asian American Sexualities;
  • LGBT 448L: Special Topics in LGBT Studies: Law and Identities;
  • PSYC332 Psychology of Human Sexuality;
  • SOCY325/WMST325 The Sociology of Gender;
  • WMST400 Theories of Feminism.