The LGBT Studies Program at UNT is designed to assist students who want to develop their understanding of a dimension of diversity that may be relevant to their careers. Students will explore the role of gender and sexual minorities - lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgender individuals - in modern society across diverse disciplines. Sexual practices and attitudes historically are intertwined with politics, social arrangements, artistic creation and conceptions of the self. Human sexuality is shaped by medical and scientific discourse, economic imperatives, philosophy, religion, law, politics, art, visual culture, and literature. In this way, sexual and gender minorities are greatly affected by society's perception of them.
Although most people consider sexuality a basic aspect of being human, perceptions vary historically, culturally, and geographically. During most of the 20th century, attempts to study sexuality encountered resistance. The civil rights and feminist movements of the 1960s and 1970s launched an effort against the subjugation of racial minorities and women. The confrontation against entrenched prejudices challenged sexual oppression as well. The Stonewall Riot of 1969 set in motion a national gay rights movement. During this era of social change, political activism and cultural shifts set the stage for gender and sexuality to emerge as a field of academic inquiry to enhance our understanding of human diversity.
Our faculty members and students conduct research on various LGBT issues. Our intellectually rigorous course work is designed to build analytical and writing skills in students as they engage with an array of theories and models.
Completion of this program will prepare students who intend to apply to the growing number of graduate programs in lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-intersexed studies, women's studies, and cultural studies. Currently completion of the program results in an undergraduate minor in LGBT Studies. Although many of our courses are open to graduate students interested in LGBT studies, no formal degree program is currently available to graduate students.