Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Certificate

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, Certificate


Study the experiences, history, culture and contemporary issues related to LGBT people with an emphasis on analytical skills and service to community. This program provides excellent preparation for advanced study in graduate and professional programs, employment in many fields, and activism in participatory democracy.


The undergraduate certificate in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies is offered by the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies, administered through the College of Public Service and Community Solutions. Advising is provided through the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts. Lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people play important roles as colleagues, clients, parents, children, siblings, neighbors, employees, employers, religious leaders and friends. Given the increasing visibility and changing political climate for LGBTQ people in the United States, all students, not only those who identify themselves as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, are served well by learning about the histories, communities and contemporary social issues regarding people from LGBTQ backgrounds.

The educational experience is enhanced when students are introduced to complex intersections between and among sexual, racial, ethnic, religious, geographic and national identities. The philosophy of this certificate program is to promote intellectual and pedagogical diversity as one of the university's greatest assets, and this is done, in part, by instilling in students a sensitivity to cultures different from their own and through careful analysis of the self in historical, artistic and sociocultural contexts.

The goals of the certificate program are to give students:

  • knowledge about the history, evolution of and current issues facing the LBGTQ community
  • practical experience utilizing coursework knowledge in the community through an internship or community service project
  • theoretical perspectives on heterosexuality as a presumptive sexual identity
  • an understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies as an academic area of inquiry
  • an understanding of community politics, dynamics and conflicts
  • use-inspired education that culminates in a public presentation

At a Glance
Program Requirements

The certificate requires 15 credit hours; a minimum of 12 must be upper-division.
Required Courses
Electives (9):
Notes: Only BIS students may use additional lower-division courses
Notes: Student must pick LGBT focus for course project and OK w/Cert advisor
Notes: Only BIS students may use additional lower-division courses Credit is only allowed for WST 100 or 300
Notes: Only BIS students may use additional lower-division courses
Notes: Credit is only allowed for WST 100 or 300
Additional elective offerings may be found at: https://cisa.asu.edu/LGBT/checksheets
Capstone (3)
All students will complete a three-credit-hour capstone experience after completing a minimum of nine credit hours in the certificate program. The capstone experience will be supervised by any member of the faculty approved by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies Committee.
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment Requirements

Students interested in admission to the certificate program should meet with an LGBT certificate academic advisor in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts as soon as possible in order to complete a certificate declaration form and to select courses that most appropriately meet students' individual needs. For more information, students should see: https://cisa.asu.edu/lgbt/.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

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