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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 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.

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Program Overview

The LGBTQ minor requires completion of at least 21 credits, including the following core courses:

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

Why Study LGBTQ at Grand Valley?

  • Students develop interdisciplinary understandings and take advantage of cross-cultural opportunities at GVSU.
  • Students in LGBTQ studies benefit from study abroad opportunities as well as individual research.
  • Students may participate in co-curricular activities with GVSU's Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center, Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity, and Office of Multicultural Affairs.
  • Faculty members actively engage with students and foster commitment to the community through internships, service learning, and volunteering.

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For More Information

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
229 Lake Ontario Hall
(616) 331-8025

Admissions Office

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this program study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face


Students may study a variety of topics, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Community/social change
  • History
  • Lesbian, gay, queer culture
  • Sexual orientation and law
  • Social work
  • 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