"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 Specialiast, Herman Miller (Zeeland, MI)
A total of 21 credits are needed to fulfill the LGBTQ Studies Minor. Courses may not overlap with the WGS Major or WGS Minor. Use the Advising Guide for the LGBTQ Minor to assist you in planning out your studies.
CORE COURSES : All required (9 credits)
- WGS 224: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
Introduces LGBTQ histories, cultures and theoretical perspectives in the context of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, religion, ability, and nation. Topics include: literary and artistic expression, biological investigations, health matters, policy and politics, community life, and other issues relevant to studying gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer life. Credits: 3
- WGS 365: Queer Theory
Engages in an interdisciplinary examination of theoretical approaches to sexuality and gender. Focuses on contemporary queer theory, including its historical development. Prerequisites: WGS 200 or WGS 224. Credits: 3
- WGS 491: Contemporary Theory and Practicum
Examination and application of contemporary feminist, gender, and queer theory. Includes student-designed practicum which might be an internship, case study, or activist project. Final paper locates student-designed practicum within contemporary feminist, gender, and queer theory. Prerequisite: WGS 360 or WGS 365. Credits: 3
ELECTIVE COURSES: 12 credits needed
The remaining four courses are selected by the student from a list of electives in the LGBTQ Studies catalog. Other courses that have significant content devoted to the study of LGBTQ topics may also be counted toward the minor on an individual case basis with director approval.