Gay/Lesbian Studies Major

Gay/Lesbian Studies is a program that focuses on homosexuality in history, society, politics, and cultural life; usually with an emphasis on the modern emergence of gays and lesbians as a sociocultural minority movement, the identification of social, literary, and artistic themes and the definition of, and public policy and legal issues surrounding, the gay and lesbian community.

Gay/Lesbian Studies majors and degree programs are typically interdisciplinary and may vary from institution to institution.  Courses may include the study homosexuality in history, politics, society, and culture.  As well, courses in art, music, politics, psychology, philosophy, and literature will likely be included as part of your gay and lesbian studies.

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in Gay/Lesbian Studies (use the College Search feature and enter " Gay/Lesbian Studies " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

What can you do with a major/degree in Gay/Lesbian Studies?

A major/degree in this area of study may lead to careers in education, health and social services, public service, philanthropy, business and industry, and media.

Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Gay/Lesbian Studies:

Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.

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