Designed for students already enrolled in a terminal degree program at the University of Michigan, the Certificate in LGBTQ Studies consists of graduate course work totaling 15 credit hours. The Certificate, which can be combined with either a masters or a doctoral degree, aims to:
- Provide an interdisciplinary analysis of the function of sexuality, and particularly sexual identity, in the construction of individuals, as a form of minority discourse, as a signifier of cultural representations, and as a site of power
- Examine the processes by which sexual desires, identities, and practices are produced, represented, regulated, and resisted in the U.S. and globally, both in the past and in the present
- Address sexuality in a way that consistently demonstrates its interconnections to gender, race, ethnicity, and class
The graduate certificate in LGBTQ Studies consists of coursework totalling 15 credits. Core courses provide students with an understanding of feminist approaches to the study of sexuality, while electives provide advanced coursework on LGBTQ issues in and outside of a student's discipline. The certificate culminates in an advanced research project designed to incorporate a LGBTQ perspective.