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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies

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A.A. Degree

LGBT Studies is an interdisciplinary and multicultural major that emphasizes the history and culture of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered persons. The degree acquaints students with the way that sexual orientation/gender identity and expression intersect with ethnic and racial, socioeconomic, creedal and political identities. The major provides preparation for upper division course work in LGBT Studies, Women's Studies, and Gender Studies at a four-year university. Students will be prepared for a variety of social service careers and for working in education. Most employers today welcome employees with expertise in diversity, including knowledge and experience with LGBT issues. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

Students must fulfill the following major requirements with grades of “C” or better, complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable semester units (12 of which must be completed at Sierra College) with a grade point average of at least 2.0, and complete one of the following three general education patterns: Sierra College Associate Degree Requirements; California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE) pattern; or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).

Program Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs)

  • Define and correctly utilize definitions regarding sexual orientations (lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, demisexual, etc.), gender identities and expressions.
  • Describe and evaluate the LGBT rights movement in the United States, both as one community and as individual components of an LGBT community with divergent interests, i.e., the lesbian trajectory, the gay male trajectory, the bisexual trajectory, the transgender trajectory, the intersex trajectory and the development of a queer trajectory.
  • Describe the history of representations of LGBT, etc., persons in literature, film, and other media.


Johnnie Terry Instructor, Philosophy / Humanities; LGBT Studies

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  • Mt 8E
  • 5100 Sierra College Blvd.
    Rocklin, CA 95677
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