Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies


Admits all terms. Contact department for additional information and requirements. Students must be admitted to a degree-granting program before admission can be approved in the LGBTQ Certificate.
Please use the following information when completing the application.
Code: 01891; Academic Program: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies; Certificate.


Chair: Rosario Ceballo

Director of Graduate Studies: Petra Kuppers

Director of LGBTQ Certificate Program: Victor Mendoza

For a complete listing of faculty, please visit the Women’s Studies website at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/women/people/faculty.


Degree Programs

Interdepartmental Degree Programs

The interdepartmental doctoral programs in English & Women's Studies, History & Women's Studies, Psychology & Women's Studies, and Sociology and Women's Studies are designed to serve the needs of students whose interests are not well represented by an exclusively disciplinary program. These students need conceptual and methodological tools that are grounded in the interdisciplinary perspective of the Women's Studies Department. In the interdepartmental doctoral program, they will have the opportunity to work out an interdisciplinary approach to a research problem from an early point in their training, with a faculty committee that can provide shaping direction. These students will benefit from the kind of interdisciplinary mentorship that is necessary to develop and complete an interdisciplinary dissertation. Specific information can be obtained from the Program Office.

Certificate Program of the Department

In addition to the specific requirements listed there, see the Certificate Programs section of the Rackham Graduate School Academic Policies.

Graduate Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Studies

Designed for students already enrolled in a terminal degree program at the University of Michigan, the Certificate in LGBTQ Studies consists of graduate coursework totaling 15 credit hours. The Certificate, which can be combined with either a master's or 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.


Students must be enrolled in a degree-granting program. They must be in good standing with their program and have the consent of their graduate advisor as well as the consent of the Graduate Director in the Women's Studies Department. Applicants should have at least a "B" average in their graduate coursework (or undergraduate for entering students). Transcripts for all postsecondary work and one letter of recommendation are required. Application forms are available at: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/women/prospectivestudents/applyingforcertificateprograms

Admission to the Certificate program is granted on a rolling basis, meaning students are encouraged to apply any time.

Minimum Number of Credits Required

15 graduate credit hours

Specific Course Requirements

  • WS 531 (3 credits), Introduction to LGBTQ Studies:
    This course is a high-level introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer Studies, along with its various sub-fields. The seminar is designed for graduate students in all schools and disciplines; it does not assume previous knowledge. The course will survey the overlaps and differences between lesbian and gay male studies, will examine some of the foundational texts of Queer Theory, and will take account of the recent emergence of Transgender Studies. While the field of LGBTQ studies is now too vast to be covered systematically, the course will attempt to provide a sense of the range of that field and some of the current controversies within it. The exact content of the course can also be adjusted to suit the individual needs of the students who choose to enroll in it from one year to the next.
  • WS 892 (3 credits), Advanced Research:
    Every student will carry out a culminating research project from an LGBTQ perspective. The project can be a dissertation chapter, a prelim, a master's thesis, an independent study focused on a research or applied project, or a component of a professional practicum. The final version, submitted to the Chair of the LGBTQ Advisory Committee, should include a framing statement written by the student and a statement from the faculty advisor. Applied projects should also include an exploration of professional practices from an LGBTQ perspective. The deadline for these documents is November 1 for Fall term graduates and March 1 for Winter term graduates.
  • One Women's Studies course on sexuality (3 credits)
  • Two electives on sexuality or LGBTQ topics (6 credits); one elective should fall outside the student's primary discipline


University of Michigan
1122 Lane Hall
204 S. State St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290
Phone: (734) 615-7619
Fax: (734) 647-4943
E-mail: WSDGradInquiry@umich.edu
Website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/women/