San Diego State University’s LGBT Studies Major Involves Actual Studying

Starting 2012 San Diego State University will offer an undergrad major in LGBT studies. But don’t think it’ll be easy just because you’re all faggy and read this blog. Looking at the current requirements for an LGBT minor, babies is gonna have to werque.

Here’s just a few of the classes students will have to take (and our thoughts on each):

GEN S 340. Confronting AIDS – Examines the AIDS epidemic from historical, epidemiological, biological, medical, psychological, political, legal, and ethical perspectives. (And no, having AIDS or an HIV-positive friend does not count as extra credit).

JMS 410. Media and Sexuality – Sexuality and sex-related issues in mass mediated news, entertainment, and advertising content. Sexuality in media and its effects on interpersonal relations, sexual identity, sexual politics, social discourse, and public policy. Portrayals of conventional sexuality and of sexual minorities. (Students will be quizzed on the importance of BUTT magazine to Brooklyn otters and the socio-political semiotics of clips from Juicy Pink Box).

WMNST 535. Lesbian Lives and Cultures – Historical, cultural, and social exploration of lesbianism. Topics include myths and stereotypes, history and literature, social and political movements, theoretical explanations, and current conditions. (Does “lesbian myths” mean the misconception that “lesbians want to be men” or are they talking about the Inuit goddess Sedna who lives with her female partner at the bottom of the ocean?)

Being a good lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person has never been more academically demanding. Can we do a study abroad to the isle of Lesbos?

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  • JayKay

    And when do they focus on the “Lives and Cultures” of gay men?

    Be a bit less obvious next time, leftists.

  • Ogre Magi

    @JayKay: Huh, what the heck are you talking about?

  • Jess

    If I wasn’t working on a foreign languages major I would (maybe) try this out; it seems interesting.

  • Daniel Villarreal

    @JayKay: Gay and Lesbian History and Culture, Gay and Lesbian Identities in the Modern World, and Topics in History of Gender and Sexuality are all part of the current minor requirements. They definitely hit on the lives and culture of gay men, despite the concurrent focus on bi, trans, and lesbian identities.

  • Shannon1981

    Damn, why did I have to go into IT? I’d have LOVED this major. Second degree, here I come, if I can afford it!

  • Devon

    I don’t see how you can get a degree in LGBT studies, since there is no such thing as LGBT. It is a myth made up by people who want to believe that gays and lesbians have some sort of defining bond with cross-dressers and transsexuals. You might as well get a degree in talking unicorn studies or Atlantis studies.

  • DenverBarbie

    I’m working through my third year in a similar program in Denver (suck it, San Diego University- you’re no pioneers!), and absolutely love it! Though most majors feel too tedious and focused after the first several courses, this one challenges students to think about the social, political, scientific, and personal elements of gender and sexuality.

    Though, it is certainly a degree that requires grad school!

  • LOL

    Yeah, a masters in how not to mooch of your friends when your broke ass can no nothing with such a worthless hobby degree. LGBT studies is a scam cooked up my predatory universities looking to bilk you for every cent your parents (or the government or feeble-minded scholarship bodies) could muster. I’m only pissed because I didn’t get in on the ground floor of that scheme (tents fingers, hisses ‘excellent’) I can just imagine the smug, self-satisfied countentances of all the Sistopher Robbins who come skipping out of there on graduation day, “I’ve got my masters in SASSY! Watch out, world! Now, do you want to make that a large for only 25 cents more?”

  • DenverBarbie

    Your cynicism is endearing, and I am sure many have been charmed by your candor.
    …but if any “misunderstandings” arise in about three years, you let me know. My trivial degree got me accepted to all-but-one of my top choices for law school; I’d be happy to represent you.

  • Chad

    I agree LOL @9 majoring or minoring in GLBT studies, or gender studies is a total waste of a college education.

    It’s not like you can somehow teach with any of these degrees, and no employer will take them seriously at all.

    I agree with Devon why are bisexuals of both genders, gay men, and lesbians all somehow linked with Trannies and cross dressers?

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