The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) studies certificate is an excellent opportunity to learn about LGBTQ topics and understand current issues in the community.
Throughout the program, you'll develop an understanding of theories regarding gender and sexual formation, LGBTQ liberation movements and contemporary issues. Learn how lived experiences of gender, race, class, sex and sexuality intersect with colonial, capitalist and other systems of power. Explore how heterosexism, LGBTQ social movements and social policies affect LGBTQ rights through the lenses of feminist and queer theories. And better understand theoretical and political debates that confront the institution of heterosexuality.
The knowledge and experience gained from the LGBTQ studies certificate prepare you for meaningful work after graduation. The certificate pairs well with any major, but can be especially helpful to those pursuing careers in education, counseling, social work or politics.
Customized studies. A portion of the LGBTQ studies certificate is made up of courses chosen by you, allowing you to study the topics that most interest you or align with your career goals. Special topics, internships and umbrella courses with a focus on LGBTQ and/or sexualities issues may also be applied to the certificate, giving you even more flexibility.
An award-winning, inclusive campus. Whether you’re studying LGTBQ issues, are a member of the community or an ally, you’ll be a part of a university that strives for equality for all. Our campus has been recognized nationally for LGBTQ+ support in institutional commitment, student life, campus safety, and housing and residence life.
Pursuing my certificate in LGBTQ+ studies has broadened my understanding of systematic violence as it pertains to intersections of LGBTQ+ people's lives through different lenses of class, race, ability and more. The courses for this certificate helped me gain a deeper understanding of oppression in its various forms.
The LGBTQ studies certificate invites you to broaden your perspective through required courses in women's, gender and sexuality studies as well as elective courses in English, history, sociology and psychology. As an interdisciplinary and cross-cultural examination of LGBTQ oppression and other social forces, this certificate will prepare you to better understand — and advocate for — a variety of intersectional identities and populations.
What classes do LGBTQ studies students take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Gender and power
- Perspectives in LGBTQ studies
- Sociology of sexualities
- Psychology of women
- Gender, sex and science in European history
- Queer theories and sexual politics
Learn more about the LGBTQ studies certificate in the UWEC course catalog.
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