What job are you preparing yourself for with a Master’s degree in LGBT studies? Other than teaching LGBT studies, I mean.

Beth Downing Chee of the SDSU News Center reports.

New Grad Program Promotes Pride, Diversity

San Diego State University today announced the addition of a graduate-level certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender studies, one of only a handful of like programs in the nation.

“Diversity is a cornerstone of a well-rounded education and this program provides an opportunity for graduate students to gain a deeper understanding of diversity through the critical issues brought forth in LGBT studies,” said Provost Nancy Marlin.

The goal of the Advanced Certificate in LGBT studies is to advance knowledge in sexual and gender identity, and increase understanding of the diverse cultural, historical, ethnic, racial and contemporary experiences of people across sexualities. The focus is on emerging LGBT subcultures and identities from a global perspective as well as on the changing nature of same-sex desire, sexual behavior and same-sex relationships from antiquity to the present.

A real need on campus

The certificate is intended for post-baccalaureate students who are interested in LGBT topics, graduate students conducting research on LGBT issues within their academic discipline and those seeking employment in LGBT organizations. The program requires a minimum of 12 units of approved courses and exposes students to community service and activism through internships. Study abroad opportunities are also available.

“In the last few years, dozens of students across all disciplines have created their own LGBT-themed master’s theses or culminating exams, so we saw a real need to build a program to pull all of the graduate-level classes that explore LGBT issues together into one place,” said Esther Rothblum, women’s studies professor at SDSU and adviser of the program.

“It’s exciting that so many graduate students at SDSU are interested in LGBT courses and scholarship, and that students are applying to graduate programs at SDSU precisely because of the expertise of our faculty in LGBT issues,” Rothblum said.