Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

The interdisciplinary major in LGBT Studies advances knowledge in sexual and gender identity, and increases understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, ethnic/racial, and contemporary experiences of people across sexualities. The focus is on the changing nature of same-sex desire, sexual behavior, and same-sex relationships from antiquity to the present. Courses focus on emerging LGBT subcultures and identities from a global perspective. From there, courses address scientific and psychological explanations of LGBT identities, LGBT literature, the institutions of law and government, education and the workplace, family, healthcare, local and international LGBT movements, popular culture, and news media in the current day. Throughout the program of study, we will carefully consider the full range of genders, sexualities, races, ethnicities, classes, physical abilities, religions, and political persuasions that characterize current LGBT movements and communities.

Program Overview

San Diego State University is only the second college or university in North America to have a major in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Studies, beginning in January 2012. SDSU has also had a minor in LGBT Studies since fall 2009, and a Graduate-Level Certificate in LGBT Studies since 2014.

LGBT Studies is an interdisciplinary program, not affiliated with any one department. There are also over a dozen internships in LGBT organizations, and occasional study abroad programs with LGBT focus.

Special Features

An excellent program that has received the highest ranking each year by Campus Pride on its LGBT Friendly Campus Climate Index.

Diversity constitutes about one-third of the Mission and Goals Statement at SDSU, including gender identity and sexual orientation, and is viewed as a high priority.

Over two dozen affiliated faculty members who are at the forefront of scholarship on LGBT issues.

A large LGBT population in San Diego, so SDSU is a natural home for this program.

Over a dozen internships in community agencies for students at all levels.

Extensive library resources on LGBT Studies at Love Library.

Interface with the Queer Student Union, the campus LGBTQ Pride Center,, the LGBT Aztec Alumni Center, Alpha Delta Phi gay/bisexual fraternity, and Gamma Rho Lambda queer-based sorority.

Lavender Graduation each year to celebrate LGBTQA students across all majors and departments who are graduate that year.

Career Opportunities

A major or minor in LGBT Studies prepares students for a large variety of careers. Students can work in LGBT non-profit agencies, law, local and national politics, health care settings, counseling centers, journalism, news media, theatre, film, fine arts, and education.

Most jobs and careers today welcome and benefit from employees with expertise in diversity, including knowledge and experience on LBGTQ issues. A national organization based in Washington, D.C., Out For Work, sponsors an annual college student career conference of corporations and non-profit agencies actively seeking culturally-competent LGBT employees and allies for their work forces. It is noteworthy that recent Out For Work conferences had many corporate sponsors, including Lockheed Martin, IBM, Marriott, Boeing, Nordstrom, Prudential, Walgreens, American Airlines, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, among others, and also numerous college and non-profit sponsors. Many companies today are proud to advertise the fact that the Human Rights Campaign (a national LGBT civil rights organization) gave them a high rating on the “Corporate Equality Index” or included them on the list of “Best Places to Work” for LGBT people.

SDSU Career Services is happy to assist students with LGBT career and internship needs. Their link is

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the LGBT studies in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.