New LGBT Minor Program Debuts at LSU

Louisiana State University joins the movement to make colleges and degree programs friendlier to the LGBT community. As the new fall semester begins, students at LSU will be able to enroll in the newly launched 18 credit hour LGBT minor program, which is one of few nationwide.

Program designer, Elaine M. Maccio, an associate professor in the School of Social Work, said “A few years ago, I recognized in LSU’s curriculum a paucity of courses on sexuality in general and a gap regarding LGBTQ – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer – tops in particular.”

Maccio goes on to say, “Since a number of colleges and universities around the country already have courses, minors, majors and even entire departments and research centers dedicated to LGBTQ topics, I knew LSU needed to have something similar if we wanted to remain competitive.”

After testing the waters last fall with some of the programs intended core courses and receiving positive feedback from students – Maccio presented her curriculum to the Faculty Senate Courses and Curricula Committee for approval.

The intent of the courses is to examine many LGBT issues from different angles. Students will learn to dissect the issues and view them from race, religious, class and disabled perspectives.

Jones, J. (2014, October 1). Louisiana State University introduces new LGBT minor. Retrieved October 3, 2014, from

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