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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 careers.

Visit the program website for more information.

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?

  • Our program encourages students to expand their knowledge and take full advantage of cross-cultural events at GVSU.
  • Students benefit from study abroad opportunities, such as the faculty-led South Africa program offered in spring/summer.
  • Students can participate in cocurricular 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 support individual and collaborative research projects.
  • Students develop a commitment to the community through internships, service learning, and volunteering.

Location & Format

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

  • Face To Face


Students take courses in a variety of disciplines, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • English
  • History
  • Legal studies
  • LGBTQ culture
  • 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
  • Teaching and administration

For More Information

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

Admissions Office