UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Letters and Science

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies

Cary Gabriel Costello, Associate Professor, Sociology, BOL 738, Costello@uwm.edu

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies investigates the historical and contemporary experiences of people traditionally neglected in scholarship and courses. It explores questions about sexuality as well as identity, community, representation, diversity, assimilation, and discrimination that are both academically and socially significant. Work in this innovative field includes material and methods from many disciplines: English and foreign languages, health professions, anthropology, art history, biology, communications, economics, fine arts, history, music, nursing, political science, psychology, sociology, social welfare, and women's and gender studies.

The LGBT Studies Certificate Program provides a curricular structure for undergraduates interested in the interdisciplinary study of same-gender relationships, gender identity and expressions, and shifts in meaning assigned to sex, gender, and sexuality more generally, in past and present cultures. It is designed for students majoring in any field who wish to complement their study of a discipline with an additional concentration in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies. Any student in good standing at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee who is seeking a bachelor's degree or who previously received a bachelor's degree from UWM or any other accredited college or university is eligible to participate in the certificate program. The program also is open to those who do not plan to pursue a college or university degree (non-degree students) but who have a strong interest in this topic. To be admitted as non-degree students, individuals must meet regular University admission requirements.

The LGBT Studies Certificate requires completion of 18 credits in approved courses, with a minimum GPA of 2.500, as follows:

LGBT 200

Introduction to LGBT Studies


WGS 301

Queer Theory


LGBT 599

Selected Topics in LGBT Studies: (subtitle)


Electives: 9 credits of approved LGBT Studies curricular area or cross-listed coursework, of which 3 credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above.

Students are limited to a maximum of 6 credits in independent study and no more than 9 credits from any one department. At least half the credits must be taken in residence at UWM, and no courses may be taken on a credit/no credit basis.

Credits earned at other institutions in equivalent LGBT courses, as well as credits earned and approved through study abroad, are accepted in partial fulfillment of the requirements. Students must obtain the approval of the certificate program committee to apply more than nine credits from courses at other institutions to the program requirements.

Approved Electives

The following courses are approved to count toward the LGBT Studies Certificate. Additional courses may be found each semester in the Schedule of Classes. In addition, students are encouraged to consult the Program Coordinator and to petition for the inclusion of relevant courses as appropriate.

Africol 344

Political Movements and Organizations in the Afroworld

Africol 418

Race, Class and Gender in the Caribbean

Anthro 400

Human Sociobiology

Anthro 445

Psychological Anthropology

BMS 201

Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS

KIN/OccThpy/TherRec 245

Client Diversity in Health Sciences: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

Commun 401

Communication in Marital and Family Relationships

Commun 402

Gender and Communication

Commun 681

Seminar in Communication in a World of AIDS

Econ 248

Economics of Discrimination

Ed Pol 532

Male Identity: Education and Development

English 629

Seminar in Literature and Sexuality: (subtitle)

Ethnic 275

Queer Migrations

Hist 141

The Family and Sex Roles in the Past

Hist 241

Women and Gender in Europe: 1350 to 1750

Hist 242

Women and Gender in Europe: 1750 to the Present

Hist 243

History of Women in American Society

Hist 246

Homosexuality in History

Hist 373

Topics in Gender and History: (subtitle)

Hist 469

Manhood in America

JAMS 111

Gender and the Media

KIN 351

Sociological Aspects of Health and Human Movement

Linguis 212

Language and Gender

Nurs 101

Cultural Diversity in Health Care

Philos 235

Philosophical Aspects of Feminism

Pol Sci 412

Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties

Pol Sci 464

Women and the Law

Pol Sci 471

Problems in Law Studies: "Law and Sexuality" subtitle

Psych 319

Gay and Lesbian Psychology

Psych 320

Psychology of Women

Soc Wrk 100

Introduction to Human Services

Soc Wrk 250

Human Behavior and the Social Environment

Soc Wrk 581

Youth Work Practice

Soc Wrk 665

Cultural Diversity and Social Work

Sociol 250

Sex and Gender

Sociol 255

Sociology of Sexuality

Sociol 260

The Family and Intimate Relationships

Sociol 341

Sociology of Deviant Behavior

Sociol 440

Sociology of the Family

Sociol 444

Sociology of the Body

Sociol 475

Seminar in Feminist Social Theory

WGS 200

Introduction to Women's Studies: A Social Science Perspective

WGS 201

Introduction to Women's Studies: A Humanities Perspective

WGS 302

Gendered Bodies: (subtitle)

WGS 401

Global Feminism

WGS 489

Feminism in the City: Internship in Women's Studies

WGS 500

Advanced Social Science Seminar in Women's Studies: (subtitle)



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