The minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies offers undergraduates the opportunity to learn about a variety of interdisciplinary topics, such as Queer Subjectivities, Histories, and Theories, Queer Diversities, Queer Law, Education, and Public Policy. These areas represent the curricular expertise of our stellar interdepartmental faculty. To complete the minor, students are expected to take seven courses, including an introduction to the field, a service learning course on community organizations, and five electives. The minor aims to acquaint students with some of the many different ways sexuality and gender have been organized in the past and the present, as well as with the critical role that queers play in diverse areas of society in the twenty-first century.

Minor Requirements

Students minoring in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies must take seven courses, as described below. All courses must be taken for a grade. Courses in which students receive a grade of C- or lower will not count towards fulfilling the minor requirements. New minor requirements below are as of Fall 2016. Students who enrolled in the minor before Fall Quarter 2016 will not be required to switch to the new requirements.

Required Courses

4 Core Courses

LGBTQS M114: Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies. This courses introduces students to issues in LGBTQ Studies from the perspectives of the humanities, the social sciences, and the life sciences.

LGBTQS 180SL: LGBTQ Institutions and Organizations. This seminar is structured as a service learning capstone course that, by requiring an internship in a LGBTQA community organization, offers a kind of knowledge that is not usually available in the classroom.

LGBTQS 181: Variable Topics. Study of topics about queer diversities from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer studies perspective.

LGBTQS 183: Variable Topics. Study of topics about queer subjectivities/theory/history from lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer studies perspective.

3 Elective Courses: Choose three courses from our course offerings of your interest.

Students may petition to have (one) upper division course counted as one of the three elective courses even if it is not listed above or is offered by another department or program if they can demonstrate that at least three weeks of the course were dedicated to LGBTQ topics, and that their own work for the course (amounting to 30% of the final grade) was on an LGBTQ topic. Along with their petitions, students must submit the course syllabus and their own graded papers from the course. Only one substitution allowed, if it meets the criteria.

Admission to the Minor

There are no prerequisites for enrolling in the minor. But students must meet with the LGBTQS program coordinator to review the degree requirements, to complete the registration and petition forms, and to provide a current DPR which verifies a GPA of 2.0 or better.

To declare the minor, or if you would like more information please direct all LGBTQ Studies inquiries to Barbara Van Nostrand at bvannost@humnet.ucla.edu.

The program strives to and is committed to providing a safe, inclusive environment for all students. Students are welcome, feel supported, respected and valued, and receive the ultimate advising experience to ensure academic advancement through the program.