Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Studies

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Dean: Joel Kassiola

Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Studies Program
PSY 502
Director: Gilbert Herdt

Undergraduate Advisers: Brogan, DeCecco, Mahaney, Elia


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

Associate Professors--Caulfield, Hossfeld, Levy, Loomis, Soh, Steier, Wardlow, Warren, 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.

Program Units
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 Out
SPCH 525 Sexual Identity and Communication (4)
WOMS 552 Lesbian Lives and Thought
One course from the following 3-5
ENG 633 Gay Love in Literature (4)
WOMS 551 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 Gender
PSY 650/HMSX 600 Research on Sexual Identity
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 Gender
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 Sexuality
HMSX/PSY 436 The Development of Maleness and Femaleness (4)
WOMS 550 Special Studies in Lesbian Lives
Total for minor 24-28

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