BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana State University has launched a new, 18-credit-hour LGBT minor program.
Elaine M. Maccio, an associate professor in the School of Social Work who designed the program, said the courses seek to examine LGBT issues through multiple lenses, including race, religion, class and disability, reports USA Today.
“A few years ago, I recognized in LSU’s curriculum a paucity of courses on sexuality in general, and a gap regarding LGBTQ topics in particular,” Maccio said.
“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,” she said.
Damon Andrew, dean of the College of Human Sciences & Education, said the minor courses derive from multiple disciplines – from sociology to political science to theatre.