"Empowering students to challenge stereotypes about gender and sexuality, to understand feminist and queer perspectives, and to work actively for diverse gender and sexuality justice."


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 intersections of sexuality and gender with race, class, and national identity, LGBTQ studies equips students with the strong critical thinking, writing, and leadership skills that will prepare them to enter a wide range of professional fields.


Why study LGBTQ 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 Milton E. LGBT Resource CenterWomen'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.

Career Options

Students who graduate with an LGBTQ studies minor 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

Course Offerings


Brooks College