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San Diego State to offer major in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender studies

October 4, 2011 |  4:17 pm

Photo: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender parade this year in San Francisco. Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images
San Diego State University plans to offer an undergraduate degree in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies, university officials announced Tuesday.

The move will make San Diego State the only campus in California to offer such a degree, officials said. The new major will begin accepting students next spring.

The university has offered a minor in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies since 2009.

"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, professor of women's studies at San Diego State and an academic advisor in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies.

Officials pointed out that San Diego State for two years has been at the top of a ranking system by a national nonprofit organization that looks at which colleges have "LGBT-friendly policies, programs and practices."

Among other things, the university has particpated in the annual gay pride parade and the "campus rainbow-flag raising" ceremony, officials said.

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Photo: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender parade this year in San Francisco. Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

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