Welcome to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies Program
The LGBT Program currently offers an undergraduate certificate and a minor. The certificate is a 21-credit interdisciplinary course of study comprised of 15 required and 6 elective credits designed to complement any student's major field of study. The minor is a 15-credit interdisciplinary course of study comprised of 12 required and 3 elective credits. All current UMD students are eligible to pursue the certificate or minor; contact our office to register.
The Queer Art of Moving While Staying Put
The LGBT Studies Program has moved, on paper, but you can still find us in 2417 Marie Mount Hall. Our phone number is still 301-405-LGBT (5428). Our website is still at lgbts.umd.edu. Professor Marilee Lindemann is still director of the program; Dr. JV Sapinoso is still assistant director. Most importantly, our courses, requirements, and options for study (the 21-credit certificate and the 15-credit minor) remain exactly the same.
Here's what's happening and why:
The administrative home of the program has moved from the Office of Undergraduate Studies to the Department of Women's Studies, in the College of Arts and Humanities. When LGBT Studies was approved in 2002, it was placed in UGST on a temporary basis. UGST was seen as a kind of incubator, a supportive environment for a small, interdisciplinary program eager to invent and establish itself. Eleven years later, the program is thriving. Courses are packed. Students from a wide variety of majors are choosing to earn the certificate or the minor, recognizing the value it adds to their Maryland degree. Program faculty are winning awards and publishing books with top presses in the fields of LGBT and queer studies. The program's annual lecture series and symposium have built a lively intellectual community on campus and created visibility nationwide for cutting-edge research on sex and gender variation.
We have incubated. Now it's time to soar.
LGBT Studies and Women's Studies at Maryland have a long history of collaboration, and the teaching and research interests of the two units are closely allied. Bringing them together administratively will make new synergies possible by combining a range of approaches to the study of sex, sexuality, and normativity on campus. The move will also enable LGBT Studies to participate more effectively in graduate education than it was able to do within UGST. Many details of the merger are still being worked out, but, as a new academic year gets underway, we wanted to let you know how excited we are about what's in store for LGBT Studies in 2013-14.
Stay tuned, queer and fearless turtles. You'll want to see what happens next.
SAVE THE DATE - QUEER INTIMACIES, the Seventh Annual DC Queer Studies Symposium will be held Friday, April 25, 2014.
Take a LGBT course Spring 2014!
Seats are still available for 448A "HIV/AIDS: Politics, Culture, and Science" and 359K "Sexual Poetics." See all our Spring courses on Testudo. A list of Spring courses and course descriptions are available.
Questions? Contact us to make an advising appointment, or to sign up for the minor or certificate in LGBT Studies.
Tenure-track Position - Apply Online
Best Consideration Dec. 2, 2013
The Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland announces a full-time tenure-track position for an assistant professor specializing in LGBTQ studies.
The successful candidate will be able to work across arts and humanities disciplines and have expertise in one or more of the following areas:
Masculinities Across Racial and/or National Lines Critical Race Theory, Queer Theory, Transgender Theory, Posthumanism Theory Sexuality in Artistic and Cultural Production
Faculty News: We congratulate Christina Hanhardt, Associate Professor in American Studies and LGBT Studies, on receiving the 2013 Undergraduate Studies Program Teaching Award, and on the her recently published book, Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence
For the Fall 2013 semester, the LGBT Studies Program office will be staffed Mon. and Wed. from 9:30am-3pm; Tues. and Thur. 11am-4pm. We look forward to talking with you about advising for the certificate or minor, enrolling in courses, or other concerns. So, come visit us in 2417 Marie Mount Hall, call us at 301.405.LGBT or e-mail us.
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