Integrating gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues into the undergraduate criminal justice curriculum

Henry F. Fradella, Stephen S. Owen, Tod W. Burke

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Although criminal justice has made strides to incorporate issues of race, ethnicity, class, and gender into both research and teaching, the same cannot be said about issues of homosexuality. Prior research indicates criminal justice students are more homophobic than their peers in other majors and that bias against gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) persons continues in the criminal justice system. As a result, this article argues that criminal justice educators should integrate issues of sexuality into criminal justice curricula as part of diversity education within the discipline. Few programs currently do so. This article outlines four methods for infusing justice-related GLBT content into criminal justice classes, including: The teachable moment; incorporating GLBT-relevant material in required courses; incorporating GLBT-relevant material into diversity courses; and the development of new electives. These strategies can help combat heterosexism and homophobia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-156
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jul 1 2009


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Law

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