The minor program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ Studies, under the supervision of the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences , provides interdisciplinary perspectives on the political, historical, cultural, and psychological contexts in which gender identities and sexualities have been and are currently being expressed. It examines the social and personal meanings of such terms as “sexuality,” “gender,” “orientation,” and “choice,” as well as the areas of their significance, exclusivity, interconnection, and dependency.
A minor in LGBTQ+ Studies consists of the successful completion of 18 semester hours, including LGBT 001 (3 s.h.) and 15 s.h. chosen under advisement by the program director or another adviser in the program. No more than two courses may have the same prefix other than LGBTQ+. At least 6 s.h. must be in residence. These courses can be any of the following: (1) other courses labeled LGBT ; (2) any course where the LGBTQ+ content meets the criteria of the advisory committee (consult LGBTQ+ Studies program director); or (3) an individually-negotiated syllabus (INS) option (see below).
Students should consult with the program director or another LGBTQ+ Studies adviser to discuss appropriate courses for the minor before registering. Consult the LGBTQ+ Studies Web page for further information regarding the minor.
For the INS option (category 3 above), in the semester prior to a particular course offering, students must contact the instructor about developing, in consultation with the student, a modified syllabus incorporating substantial LGBTQ+ content. The INS proposal is then submitted to the LGBTQ+ advisory committee for review. Students will work closely with the faculty member to develop an appropriate syllabus and will meet with the faculty member periodically throughout the semester; they must register for the 1 s.h. course, LGBT 010, in conjunction with the regularly scheduled 3 s.h. course. Please consult with the LGBTQ+ Studies program director or the LGBTQ+ Studies Web page for a list of professors who have volunteered as LGBTQ+ mentors and who may be open to LGBTQ+ Studies proposals.