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Introduction 

The LGBTQ Studies Minor at NEIU offers an interdisciplinary approach to studying the lives, histories and cultures of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer communities and allies. Courses in history, culture, health, politics, justice, education, literature and the arts reflect a commitment to understanding and representing the contributions of LGBTQ individuals and communities. The program focuses on justice, knowledge and action that honor multiplicity and diversity in gender and sexual expression including how race, class, ability and other identity markers shape LGBTQ lives.

Degree Requirements 

LGBTQ Studies minors must take two required courses (six credit hours) and one course (three credit hours) from a short list of LGBTQ cross-listed courses (see table below).  Students must also take three courses (nine credit hours) of LGBTQ-related electives that are cross-listed courses.  Completing the minor requires 18 credit hours.
 

Courses 

Required Core Courses
6 credits
WGS-210
Intro to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies
3 credits
WGS-360
Queer Theory
3 credits
One course from the following:
 
3 credits
CMTC-313*
Communication, Gender and Identity
3 credits
ENGL-303*
Gay and Lesbian Literature
3 credits
JUST-328*
Social Justice and LGBTQ Issues
3 credits
WGS-310*
Lesbian and Queer Cultures: Identities, Histories and Resistance
3 credits
Nine hours of elective credits from the following:
9 credits
CMTC-313*
Communication, Gender and Identity
3 credits
CMTM-377
Gender and Media
3 credits
ENGL-303*
Gay and Lesbian Literature
3 credits
HIST-339
History of Sexuality
3 credits
JUST-328*
Social Justice and LGBTQ Issues
3 credits
PHIL-218
Philosophy of Sex
3 credits
SOC-307
Men and Masculinities
3 credits
SOC-340
Sociology of Sexuality
3 credits
SOC-352
Sociology of HIV/AIDS
3 credits
SWK 208
Human Sexuality and Social Work
3 credits
WGS-310*
Lesbian and Queer Cultures: Identities, Histories and Resistance
3 credits
Total
18 credits
*These courses may only be counted once toward the minor in LGBTQ Studies.
 
Note: Elective cross-listed courses which do not appear above may be approved for minor credit by the student’s advisor, not to exceed three credit hours.
 

Careers & Employment 

This degree emphasizes the value of diversity, relationships and coalition building, preparing graduates to listen, to communicate across differences in background and viewpoint, to analyze reports and to respond openly to change.  These are all skills that will allow you to pursue successful careers in many fields: teaching and school administration; social services; law enforcement; counseling; community organizations; communication; business and marketing; human resources and management; services and hospitality industries; and in healthcare fields such as nursing, medicine, pharmacy and administration. For more information, visit Northeastern's Career Development Center and the National Women’s Studies Association.
 

Program Contact Information 

Northeastern Illinois University
Room LWH 2096
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625-4699
 
Monday - Friday
(9:00am - 5:00 pm)

Telephone: (773) 442-4550
Fax: (773) 442-4900
TTY-TTD (Typewriter telephone for the hearing impaired): (773) 442-4999 (incoming only)

Nancy Matthews, Program Coordinator, x4791
Ann Botz, Office Administrator, x4550
 

Other 

Empowering Students Computer Lab

Want to work on a paper, finish an assignment or check your email in a friendly, supportive and comfortable computer lab?  Students are welcome to use our Empowering Students Computer Lab, located in the WGS/AFAM/LLAS office in Room LWH 2096. 

Student Clubs

The Feminist Collective and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance are student clubs that are closely related to the WGS Program.  Explore other clubs through the Office of Student Leadership and Development.

Events

The Women's and Gender Studies Program sponsors events that promote its mission and enrich the University community.  We often co-sponsor events with other campus programs that share our values and mission. 

Arts and Sciences

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