LGBTQ Studies


2017-2018 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG

Effective 1 June 2017 through 31 May 2018

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

Minor
18 credit hours

This program is offered by the College of Arts & Sciences/Anthropology & Sociology Department.

For information on general requirements for a minor, see Academic Policies and Procedures.


Students may complete both the LGBTQ minor and the WGST major, but must take the full number of credits for each, and may not double count a course for both.

Program Description

The LGBTQ studies minor is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary program that will give students a strong foundation for knowledge in lesbian, gay, bi, trans* and queer history and culture. The minor examines sexualities and identities as complex social, historical, and cultural formations and processes. Rather than understand sexualities and identities as merely features of private intimacy or as a result of unchanging biological forces, the LGBTQ minor approaches the study of sexualities and identities in relation to the social construction of race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, ability, nationality, immigrant status, body size, and citizenship. This minor takes a global perspective on activism, social and historical change, and cross-cultural understandings of sexualities and identities.

Learning Outcomes

Students in this minor are expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate the complexity of ways social hierarchies related to gender, sexualities, race, or ethnicity have developed historically, cross-culturally, and transnationally.
  • Describe the LGBTQ histories of feminist, gender, and sexuality social movements and their intersections with other social movements.
  • Appraise and critique LGBTQ feminist, gender, and sexuality theories about social, anthropological, historical, literary, and cultural analyses.
  • Synthesize and communicate various approaches to the analysis of data, texts, and perspectives concerning LGBTQ lives.

Core Courses

A total of any 18 credit hours from the list below:

  • WGST 2030 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies (3 hours)
  • WGST 2040 Queer Theory (3 hours)
  • WGST 2050 Topics in LGBTQ Studies (3 hours)
  • WGST 2080 LGBTQ Persons and the Law (3 hours)
  • WGST 2275 LGBTQ Families (3 hours)
  • WGST 2350 LGBTQ Cultural History (3 hours)
  • WGST 2475 Bisexualities (3 hours)
  • WGST 3050 Issues in LGBTQ Studies (3 hours)
  • WGST 3200 Gender and Sexuality in the Arts (3 hours)
  • WGST 3080 Theorizing Sexualities (3 hours)

Up to 6 credit hours from other WGST courses with relevant LGBTQ content may count toward the LGBTQ studies minor, subject to approval by the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program director.

We strongly recommend that students take both WGST 2030 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies and WGST 2040 Queer Theory.