The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) Studies certificate is an excellent opportunity to learn about LGBTQ+ topics and gain understanding of current issues in diverse LGBTQ+ communities.
Throughout the program, students are introduced to theories of gender and sexual formation, LGBTQ+ liberation movements and contemporary LGBTQ+ issues. Learn how lived experiences of gender, race, class, sex, and sexuality intersect with colonial, capitalist and other systems of power. Use feminist, queer and transgender theories to understand how LGBTQ+ liberation movements and cultural practices, the law, and policy affect LGBTQ+ rights and experiences. Explore theoretical and political debates that confront heterosexism, allonormativity and cisgenderism.
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, visual and performing arts, 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+ issues and/or sexuality may also be applied to the certificate, giving you even more flexibility.
An award-winning, inclusive campus. Whether you’re studying LGBTQ+ 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+ histories, politics, and experiences, this certificate will prepare you to better understand — and advocate for — a variety of communities and populations.
What classes do LGBTQ studies students take?
Your classes may cover topics like:
- Perspectives in LGBTQ studies
- Transgender activism and cultural production
- Black feminism and Black queer studies
- Queer theories and sexual politics
- Gender and power
- Sociology of sexualities
- Gender, sex and science in European history
- Psychology of women
Learn more about the LGBTQ studies certificate in the UWEC course catalog.
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