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LGBTQ & Sexuality Studies Minor


The academic minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender and Sexuality Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to sexuality that includes topics such as religious beliefs, legal codes, medical constructions, and social movements, and recognizes them as historically variable and culturally specific. With the contributions of empirical research, feminist scholarship, and queer theory, the minor acquaints students with the history of sexuality and understanding the formation of sexual identities and sexuality.


Five courses totaling at least 15 credits, to be chosen from the following categories as stated:

  1. Required foundational course: WS 245 Intro to LGBTQ Studies (normally offered winter term) or WS 295 Sexuality in Western Culture (normally offered spring term).
  2. Four electives (12 credits) that focus on LGBTQS issues. At least two courses must be at the 300 level or above, with at least one at the 400 level.

Worksheet for LGBTQS Minor

PLEASE NOTE. Only one course may be used to meet both the requirements of a minor and a major.

TO DECLARE: A student may declare a minor only after a major has been declared. To declare please email

QUESTIONS?  Please email

The Lesbian-Gay-Queer Research Initiative (LGQRI) at the U-M Institute for Research on Women and Gender may be of interest, as may be the Spectrum Center.

Please see here for list of courses that meet minor requirements: