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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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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | October 4, 2011 at 1:01 p.m. ― 3 years ago

I had to laugh at the line "Students are realizing that having a minor or major in LGBT studies is a huge asset in getting them into medical school..."

Really? An LGBT degree would be a "huge asset" for a doctor? Come on, quit misleading gullible students.

This degree might be valuable for someone working as a file clerk at an LGBT-rights law office. But we all know most graduates with this degree will wind up in low-level sales, if they are lucky.

This is not an appropriate expenditure of time and money for a PUBLIC university. This is more suited to a junior college or private university.

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Missionaccomplished | October 4, 2011 at 1:45 p.m. ― 3 years ago

Seriously, honestly, some academicians need to make a reality check. Uh, what sort of "profession" will this "degree" prepare you for? Seriously? It's almost like the trivialization of academia.

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Missionaccomplished | October 4, 2011 at 1:46 p.m. ― 3 years ago

I thought money was tight in the Cal state system? After all, tuition is up. But I guess if SDSU can afford to pay Hirschman $450,000, they can afford a few more interdisciplinary courses.

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Missionaccomplished | October 4, 2011 at 1:49 p.m. ― 3 years ago

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

They wear signs on their foreheads? Bandanas sticking out of their backpockets? Hawaiian leis (?) around the rear-view mirror of their cars? In other words, how do they know who is and who isn't?

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 5, 2011 at 12:32 a.m. ― 3 years ago

CaliforniaDefender:

You balk at Gay Healthcare, but it is real, has historical significance, and is valid and thriving even today.

When nobody wanted to even be near AIDS patients in the early 1980s much less treat them, gay doctors formed their own healthcare clinics and met the challenge of a new, then untreatable virus head-on and did so in a remarkably effective way.

Gay men took control of their healhcare when most of the rest of the medical world was ignoring them.

And before the AIDS crisis, lesbians had begun successfully advocating for healthcare specifically tailored to the needs of a woman's body and improved female-related healthcare tremendously.

Some could argue that with that era gone the thought of gay healthcare has become irrelevant, but they would be mistaken.

While clinical standards of care are quite uniform with any medical doctor you go to, one cannot minimize the personal relationship that people have with their doctors and the fact that the more comfortable one is with their physician on a personal level, the more likely they will be to be transparent with all their medical problems and thus get better care.

Many different communities have unique healthcare needs, and many people feel comfortable going to doctors who understand them and with whom they feel comfortable with.

There are doctors right here in San Diego who specialize in gay healthcare, and you can balk at them all you want but they do a very robust business and there is a need for it. Just because you may not be one in need of such a service does not mean there aren't many in our community who are.

And an LGBT degree does not only mesh well with a medical degree, it also is valuable with many other areas of study including economic and law.

There is certainly a need for lawyers with a specialty in LGBT issues.

I salute SDSU for bringing the first LGBT degree to SD.

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logginginforthiscomment | October 6, 2011 at 7:17 a.m. ― 3 years ago

I'm gay and I find this absolutely ridiculous.

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