LGBT Studies Minor

About the Minor

The LGBT Studies Program is an academic minor program that explores a scholarly understanding and academic exploration of sexual orientation and gender identity from an interdisciplinary perspective. The program includes courses from the College of Art and the College of Arts and Sciences Program faculty come from four campuses and fourteen separate disciplines, providing students with a range of scholarly approaches and methodological styles. Students are required to take 21 hours of courses to complete the minor, but are able to customize their coursework to better fit their majors and career goals.


Contact Molly Merryman ( for more information.


Susan stryker lecture

Dr. Susan Stryker, one of the leading voices in the field of Transgender Studies, will present Trans* (In My) Life, as the first annual Lecture on the Study of Gender and Sexuality. The talk will be in the Kiva, Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 7 pm. The event is free and open to the public. 

Stryker's talk will use an autobiographical arc to explore the changes in trans issues over the last quarter century. Dr. Stryker is an associate professor go Gender and Women's Studies, and the Director for the Institute of LGBT Studies at the University of Arizona. She is the author of many articles and several books on transgender and queer topics, most recently Transgender History (Seal Press 2008). She won a Lambda Literary Award for the anthology The Transgender Studies Reader (Routledge 2006), and an Emmy Award for the documentary film Screaming Queens: The Riot at Compton's Cafeteria (Frameline/ITVS 2005). She currently teaches classes on LGBT history, and on embodiment and technology. Research interests include transgender and queer studies, film and media, built environments, somatechnics, and critical theory.


Fundraising Reception

The Annual Lecture on the Study of Gender and Sexuality will be followed at 8:30 pm by a paid reception to honor Professor Susan Stryker and to raise money for the newly established Gender and Sexuality Global Education Scholarship Fund. The reception cost of $50 includes heavy hors d’oevres, non-alcoholic beverages and desserts. A cash bar is available. Half of the ticket price is a donation to the Gender and Sexuality Global Education Scholarship Fund, which will this year support student travel to Greece for a spring break course, “Democracy and Desire: Gender and Sexuality in Greek Culture.” Donations to the CSGS Foundation account are also welcome. For more information on the lecture, or to register for the fundraiser, go to or email



Spring 2016 classes

A full complement of classes is available for Spring 2016!

For students enrolled in the LGBT Studies minor, any of these courses will be substituted for either Block A or Block B courses.

For students not enrolled in the LGBT Studies minor, all of these courses are open to you.

The courses on the Spring 2016 schedule are:

AS20069, Introduction to LGBT Studies (web course) Instructor Vachon

AS20069, Introduction to LGBT Studies (TR 2:15-3:30) Instructor TBA

AS30095, ST: Applied Outreach and Global Understandings in Gender and Sexuality (TR 3:45-5:00) Instructor Merryman

AS40095-002, ST: Queer Theory (web course) Instructor TBA

AS40095-003 ST: LGBTQ Methods (T 5:30-8:15) Instructor TBA