UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

College of Letters and Science

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

Cary Gabriel Costello, Associate Professor, Sociology, BOL 738, (414) 229-6942, 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-sex relations, 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.

Numerous courses in a wide variety of disciplines have been approved for cross-listing with the LGBT Studies Certificate Program. For information about courses that will count for LGBT credit, please contact the program coordinator.



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