Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Studies

  • Minor

The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) studies minor is an integrative, interdisciplinary program that examines issues and debates about sexuality and gender. Engaging in the analysis of the intersections of sexuality and gender with race, class, and national identity, LGBTQ studies equips students with critical thinking, writing, and leadership skills that will prepare them for a wide range of fields.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

Students who minor in LGBTQ studies complete 21 credits:

  • WGS 224: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
  • WGS 365: Queer Theory
  • WGS 491: Contemporary Theory and Practicum


Students can study a variety of topics, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Community andsocial change
  • History
  • Lesbian, gay, queer literature
  • Psychology
  • Sexual orientation and law
  • Sociology

Career Options

LGBTQ studies minors can apply their education to careers in:

  • Counseling
  • Governmental and nongovernmental agencies
  • Health professions
  • Higher education leadership
  • Human resources
  • Law, politics, and lobbying
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Social services

Why Study Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Studies at Grand Valley?

  • Students develop interdisciplinary understandings and take full advantage of cross-cultural opportunities at GVSU.
  • Students in LGBTQ studies benefit from study abroad opportunities as well as individual research.
  • LGBTQ students participate in cocurricular activities with GVSU's LGBT Resource Center, Women's Center, and Office of Multicultural Affairs.
  • Faculty members actively engage with students and foster commitment to the community through internships, service learning, and volunteering.

For More Information

Women and Gender Studies Program
(616) 331-8025
Admissions Office

Part of my duties ... is to advise our human resources group on issues, concerns, and needs of the LGBT community here at Herman Miller. I see a real advantage for a business major, particularly one interested in HR, having a deeper understanding of a constituency that many companies are actively recruiting and supporting.

Rick Westra
Product Specialist, Herman Miller, Zeeland, MI

The LGBTQ minor would be a great credential and asset to anyone in the practice of psychology or social work. It would also be advantageous to educators and those who work in criminal justice.

Judith Snow
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Grand Rapids, MI

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