Minor in LGBTQ Studies

Women's and Gender Studies Program | Rutgers University Newark

Women's and Gender Studies develops, through interdisciplinary study, critical thinking, research, and writing skills for majors and minors who specialize in the field of gender and sexuality studies. Students take a combination of core courses that introduce them to foundational ideas in the field and elective courses that allow them to experience how the field frames more traditional disciplines. The connection between reading, writing, and oral communication in the presentation of ideas is continually emphasized and reinforced in all of the course content.

Program graduates are expected to have developed analytical and critical thinking skills about how gender and sexuality defines their everyday experiences, as well as how it shapes political policy, scientific inquiry, and the content of a variety of disciplines. Our graduates are expected to be well-prepared for graduate study given that they should be able to apply the analytical approaches and methods of a variety of related disciplines in the humanities and social sciences to their particular field of study.

The program in women's, gender and sexuality studies actively seeks to provide students with a high standard of education that is relevant to the global realities of a diverse, dynamic, and interrelated world.


The LGBTQ minor consists of 18 credits as follows: 

1. 6 credits of required core courses:

  • 21:988:205   Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Studies (3) 
  • 21:988:305   Trans Studies (3)
  • 21:988:325   Sexuality & Activism (3)

2. 15 credits of required elective courses in a minimum of three departments from among the following: 

  • 21:790:356  Sex, Law, and Public Policy (3) 
  • 21:830:373  Psychology of Women (3) 
  • 21:830:469  Psychology of Sexual Orientation (3) 
  • 21:910:345  Human Diversity (3) 
  • 21:920:337  Sociology of Sex and Gender (3)
  • 21:988:301  Feminist History and Theory (3)
  • 21:988:389 or 390 Topics in Women's Studies (3,3)
  • 21:988:401   Individual Research in Women's Studies
  • 21:988:425  LGBTQ Resource Center Internship* (3)
  • 21:988:425  Women's Studies Internship (3) 

Or related courses from the following units**: 

  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Arts, Culture & Media
  • Biological Sciences
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • Urban Education
  • English
  • History 
  • Philosophy and Religion 
  • Political Science 
  • Psychology 
  • Sociology
  • Spanish and Portuguese Studies

*LGBTQ Resource Center Internship is listed under the Women's and Gender Studies Internship number (21:988:425) on the schedule of classes. 

**Please note: for unspecified courses, at least one-third of the course content must be dedicated to LGBTQ issues.