Students must take 18 credits (6 courses) for the minor.  One must be “Introduction to LGBT Studies.”  The rest can be chosen out of relevant courses in consultation with the LGBT Studies Faculty Advisor.  Some can be general WGS Studies courses, such as Feminist Theory or Politics of Sexuality, assuming that these courses make at least two of the learning outcomes of LGBT Studies (such as analysis of the construction of sexuality or the deconstruction of heteronormativity) part of their syllabus.  “Introduction to LGBT Studies” will be offered every fall.  Students should watch for when other LGBT-themed courses are being offered (check with WGS, which should have a full list of LGBT courses offered each semester). 

Curriculum Outlines of some typical courses of study:

A) For student interested in public policy/law:
-WGS: “Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Studies”
-History:  “Sexuality, Gender, and Law in U.S. History”
-WGS: “ Politics of Sexuality”
-Political Science:  “LGBT Politics”
-Political Science:  “Sex, Law, and Public Policy”
-Criminal Justice: “Gender, Crime and Justice”

B)  For undergraduates interested in future interdisciplinary graduate study:
-WGS: “Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Studies”
-History:   “LGBT History”
-WGS: “Politics of Sexuality”
-WGS:  “Feminist Theory”
-English: “Urban Sexualities in U.S. History”
-English/WGS:  Special Topics in American Literature:  Crossroads of Race and Sexuality

C)  For student interested in counseling/ public health/ diversity issues:
-WGS: “Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Studies”
-History:   “LGBT History”
-Psychology:  “The Psychology of Sexual Orientation”
-WGS: “Politics of Sexuality”
-African and African-American Studies:  “Black Women in the U.S.”
-English/ AAAS:  “Sexuality in the African Diaspora”

D) For students interested in race, culture and representation:
-WGS: “Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Studies”
-History:   “LGBT History”
-History: “Race and Sexual Politics in the Modern United States”
-WGS/ History: “Queer Cinema History” 
-WGS/History: “The Politics of Obscenity and Pornography in the United States”
-English/WGS: Special Topics in American Literature:  Crossroads of Race and Sexuality


A Statistical Analysis of Gender Equity Issues for Full-time Rutgers-Newark Arts and Sciences Faculty as of 2008-09

Study conducted by:
John W. Graham, Professor and Chairperson, Department of Economics

Executive Summary

     This study is based on an administrative data set covering all 175 non-administrative, full-time, tenure-track faculty in arts and sciences at Rutgers-Newark as of the 2008-09 academic year, supplemented with an external measure of scholarly productivity for all mathematics and science faculty from the Web of Science internet site. The data were used to generate average salary and academic rank tabulations by discipline as well as by individual departments. In addition, multiple regression analysis was used to isolate the impact of specific factors on salaries and promotion rates. The use of multiple regression analysis allows us to ask whether or not gender is a statistically significant determinant of salary differences, controlling for other factors such as years of employment, academic rank, discipline and scholarly productivity.


     Thirty-seven percent of the faculty in arts and sciences at Rutgers Newark are women, but only 23 percent of faculty in mathematics and the sciences are women. Women are disproportionately assistant or associate professors while men are disproportionately full professors or distinguished professors (Professor II). The main reason for the disparities in rank appears to be that women have spent fewer total years at Rutgers , not because women have spent more time within rank. This study did not have access to historical hiring data which would be needed to assess this question for fully.


     Among current full-time faculty, the average salary of women is 93 percent that of men overall; it is 97 percent in mathematics and the sciences, 82 percent in the social sciences, 98 percent in the humanities and 114 percent in other fields. Average salary differentials are largely the result of gender differences in rank: females earn 99 percent of what males do among assistant professors; 107 percent among associate professors; and 108 percent among full professors. Controlling for a small set of factors which are significantly related to individual salary differences (like academic discipline, academic rank, years since tenure, and scholarly productivity), this study finds that an individual's gender is not a statistically significant determinant of salary. Similarly, gender is not found to be a determinant of time spent in rank or in the likelihood of promotion to Professor II.