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SDSU To Offer First LGBT Degree On West Coast

San Diego State University announced today that it will become the first college on the West Coast to offer a degree in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies.

The California State University Chancellor's Office approved the program last week, according to SDSU. It will begin accepting students next spring.

"Students are realizing that having a minor or major in LGBT studies is a huge asset in getting them into medical school, law school or even the corporate sector,'' said Esther Rothblum, a women's studies professor who serves as the LGBT studies academic adviser.

"It really shows that they have a level of expertise that a lot of places want,'' Rothblum said. "Most places really like it if their employees have an understanding of diversity.''

She said five students have contacted her about the new program. SDSU began offering LGBT studies as a minor two years ago.

SDSU receives top rankings for its gay-friendly campus environment from Campus Pride.

The only other LGBT degree is offered by Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y.

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