Montclair State University Establishes Program in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies

MONTCLAIR, NJ -- Montclair State University announced it is establishing an undergraduate minor in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies. With the move, Montclair State joins a small but growing number of colleges and universities in the country that have developed formal academic programs around this subject.

The minor in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (GLBTQ) Studies expands upon existing coursework relating to gender and sexuality, and explores how these issues shape laws, customs and institutions in areas such as marriage, family and health; adoption, immigration and taxation; employee management and business practices; education policy; human rights policy and interpersonal relations.

By establishing the GLBTQ minor, students can more readily access and analyze the growing body of information and research relating to sexuality and gender, and synthesize it with their major fields of academic inquiry.

"The GLBTQ minor represents a unique opportunity for students to expand their academic and personal horizons," said Sally McWilliams director of the University's Women's Studies Program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, where the GLBTQ minor will reside. "It can enhance a student's major course of study and better prepare them for careers in business, education, law, health, social work, community service and other fields where they may work with diverse populations."

Students earn the 18-credit GLBTQ minor by taking approved electives across a range of academic disciplines including sociology, psychology, women's studies, humanities, health and law. A new, required class for the minor, "Introduction to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies," was also created, and will be taught for the first time this spring.

There are approximately 30 colleges and universities nationwide offering a GLBTQ minor. Several others offer concentrations or optional tracks within their Women's, Gender and Sexualities studies programs.

In addition to the development of the GLBTQ Studies course offerings, Raul Galoppe, GLBTQ Studies program coordinator at Montclair State, is planning lectures and events connected with the new minor. More information can be accessed by visiting the University's Women's Studies Program online.

Montclair State will also be the site this month of a statewide conference for an organization that addresses the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual parents, their children, and those interested in becoming parents.

Rainbow Families NJ will host its 6th biennial conference at the University on November 10. The event features workshops and programs on such issues as parenting, school strategies, the legal environment and financial information. More information is available at www.rainbowfamiliesnj.org.

Montclair State University

Montclair State is New Jersey's second largest university. It offers the advantages of a large university--a comprehensive undergraduate curriculum with a global focus, a broad variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level, and a diverse faculty and student body--combined with a small college's attention to students.

Released 11/7/2007