Weber State becomes first in Utah to offer queer studies program

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Flags at City Hall in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, mark Transgender Awareness Week.

Ogden • Starting next fall, Weber State University will be the first institution in Utah to offer a program entirely dedicated to studying LGBTQ identities.

While other universities throughout the state offer classes that are within the realm of queer studies, most of those courses fall under gender or sexuality studies. That was previously the case at Weber State, but students will now have the ability to specialize on the topic and earn a queer studies minor.

“In some ways, I can’t help but wonder what took Utah so long, but I’m excited to see that Weber State is at the forefront of that,” said Theresa Kay, a psychology professor at the school who, with the help of Women & Gender Studies Program Director Melina Alexander and political science professor Richard Price, authored the proposal that the school offer the program.

Their request was approved by the school’s board of trustees on March 16 and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the accrediting body for Weber State, on April 8.

To read more about the program, visit standard.net.

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