SAN DIEGO — San Diego State University will offer a graduate certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies next fall, officials said Monday.
The advanced certificate is designed to increase knowledge of sexual and gender identity and an understanding of cultural, historical, ethnic and racial aspects of sexuality, university officials said.
The program requires a minimum of 12 units of approved graduate courses and will include community service, internships and study abroad opportunities. Many post-graduate students interested in LGBT issues, students conducting research and those seeking jobs in LBGT organizations have already expressed interest, officials said.
“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.
SDSU has been offering an undergraduate minor in LGBT studies since 2009 and a major in the subject since 2011.
Students can enroll in the advanced certificate program beginning in fall of 2014.