Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Studies

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel Kassiola

Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Studies Program
PSY 502
Director: John De Cecco

Undergraduate Advisers: Brogan, DeCecco, Mahaney, Elia


Professors--Bonds, Brogan, DeCecco, Dopp, Doub, Duggins, Flynne, Hittner, Hoffman, Hossfeld, Jenkins, McCoy, Scully, Seiden, Tapper

Associate Professors--Caulfield, Loomis, Mann, Soh, Steier, Wardlow, Warren

Assistant Professor--Levy, Yep


Minor in Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Studies

Program Scope

Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Studies intends to delineate and analyze meanings that have been associated with homosexuality in various artistic, biological, cultural, educational, ethical, historical, and literary contexts; and examine the related issues of mixed-gender and cross-gender roles and practices.

The minor is broadly interdisciplinary. It draws courses from anthropology, biology, cinema, counseling, English, history, human sexuality studies, psychology, NEXA, social sciences, speech and communication studies, and women studies. The university also offers a Minor in Human Sexuality Studies. See Index for page reference.


The minor consists of a minimum of 24 units of undergraduate study. It is possible to use these courses to meet requirements in some undergraduate majors, in other minors, and various clusters in the General Education program. Specifically, several courses meet the requirements of the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Perspectives cluster in Segment III of the General Education program.


Required Courses

HMSX 301	Introduction to Bisexual, Lesbian, 
and Gay Studies 3
HIST 314	Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual History		3
One course from the following		3-4
HMSX/SS 421	Homophobia and Coming 
SPCH 525	Sexual Identity and 
Communication (4)
WOMS552	Lesbian Lives and Thought
One course from the following		3-5
ENG 633	Gay Love in Literature (4)
WOMS551	Lesbian Literature
ENG 618	Studies in Gay and Bisexual 
Literature [all topics]
ENG 604	Literary Aspects of Contemporary 
Film (5)
One course from the following		3
NEXA 391	Biological Sex and Cultural 
PSY 650/HMSX 600 Research on Sexual 
PSY/HMSX 320	Sex and Relationships
COUN/HMSX 326 Work and Leadership 
Issues of Bisexuals, Lesbians,
and Gays
Elective units from the following		9-10
ANTH 569	Cross-Cultural Aspects of Sex and 
BIOL 330	Human Sexuality
ENG 580	Individual Authors [selected topics 
on advisement]
HMSX 350	Selected Issues in Human 
Sexuality (1 or 3) [selected topics
on advisement]
HMSX 550	Field Service in Human Sexuality 
Studies (1-3)
HMSX 400/PSY 450 Variations in Human 
HMSX/PSY 436	The Development of 
Maleness and Femaleness (4)
WOMS550	Special Studies in Lesbian Lives
Total for minor		24-28

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