LGBT Studies at Hofstra University focus on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, their history, and culture. LGBT Studies examine sexualities and genders as identities, social statuses, categories of knowledge, and as lenses that help us to frame how we understand our world. A minor in LGBT Studies is available to students in any major through the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
LGBT Studies will benefit students who plan to go on to graduate school to earn advanced degrees in business, counseling, education, law, psychology, and the humanities.
The LGBT Studies program is an interdisciplinary program that features a University-wide network of faculty mentors and a winter study abroad opportunity in Paris, France.
Hofstra professors from various fields of study teach in the LGBT Studies Program, including literature (Classics, French, English, Spanish), rhetoric studies, media studies, education, and religion studies. The inherently interdisciplinary nature of LGBT studies is thus well served by the different domains of study and their methodologies.
Faculty and staff mentors make themselves available for consultation and advisement, especially as the LGBT Studies Program offers the possibility of quasi self-fashioned courses with the cooperation of professors who are inclined to do so. Interested students often find it helpful to consult with a mentor to help them pattern a course or a series of courses that respond to their personal interests.