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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies
Roger Hallas, Director
309 Tolley Humanities Building

Faculty Barbara Applebaum, Sari Knopp Biklen, Susan Branson, Linda Carty, Steven Cohan, Tucker Culbertson, Albrecht Diem, Carol Fadda-Conrey, Beth Ferri, Roger Hallas, Margaret Himley, Thomas M. Keck, Claudia Klaver, Andrew S. London, Laurie Marhoefer, Jonathan Massey, Vivian M. May, Charles Morris, Donald E. Morton, Dana M. Olwan, Jackie Orr, Elizabethe C Payne, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Erin Rand, Robin Riley, William A. Robert, Perry Singleton


The minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Studies requires 18 credits of course work: two lower division core courses (QSX 111 Queer Histories, Communities, and Politics and QSX 112 Sexualities, Genders, Bodies) and four upper division courses approved for the minor. QSX 111 counts towards the social science requirement and QSX 112 counts towards the humanities divisional requirement in the Arts and Sciences Core Curriculum: both QSX 111 and QSX 112 count toward the critical reflections requirement. There are no cluster requirements for students; students may take any of the approved courses or petition to substitute other courses with substantial LGBT content or projects. Currently approved courses include those listed below. Course with partial focus on LGBT content have been marked with an asterisk. No more than two of these courses can be used to fulfill the requirements of the minor.

Two lower division core courses (required)

QSX 111: Queer Histories, Communities, and Politics
Explores and analyzes queer histories, communities and politics from the ancient past to the contemporary, global present through an interdisciplinary reading of research, theory, memoir, biography, fiction, and documentary film.

QSX 112: Sexualities, Genders, Bodies
Explores how sexuality, gender, and embodiment are understood across communities and through time with an interdisciplinary analysis of literature, film, mass media, websites, research, and theory.

The courses for the minor are clustered thematically, and each cluster will offer at least one course every fourth semester. Often, more than one course will be offered per semester.

Communities, Places, and Identities: This cluster explores the social and spatial dimensions of sexuality, the production of sexual identities, and LGBT lives and experiences.

  • ARC 500 Space and Sexuality
  • CRS 568 Rhetoric of Social Change*
  • ETS/WGS 360 Gender and Sexuality in the Arab World
  • QSX/WGS/SOC 300 Sex, Gender and the City (SU London only)
  • QSX 306 Sexuality in Spain (SU Madrid only)
  • QSX 400 Sexualities and Social Life in Spain (SU Madrid only)
  • SOC/QSX 456 LGBT Studies in Sociology

Histories and Knowledges: This cluster analyzes the ways knowledge about sexuality is and has been constructed through social structures, cultural contexts, systems of power, epistemologies, and analytical practices.

  •  AAS 309 Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the African Diaspora
  • CRS 360 Lincoln's Rhetorical Worlds*
  • ETS/WGS 360 Theories of Gender and Sexuality
  • HST/QSX/WGS 389 LGBT History
    HST 362 Nazi Germany and the Holocaust*
  • REL/QSX 357 Medieval Christianities*
  • WGS 438 Trans Genders and Sexualities

Representation, Media, and Performance: This cluster addresses the ways LGBT cultures and practices have been performed and represented in art and culture.

  • CRS 360 Public Memory*
  • ETS/WGS 360 Documenting Sexualities
  • ETS/WGS 360 Cinema and Sexual Difference
  • ETS 360/QSX 300 James Bond and British Masculinity* (SU London)
  • WRT 422 LGBT Creative Nonfiction
  • WGS 365 Negotiating Differences: Coming of Age Narratives

Institutions and Public Policy: This cluster studies the ways legal, political, and educational institutions both shape and are shaped by LGBT lives and experiences.

  • CFE 300 Queer Youth, Straight Schools: LGBT Issues in Education
  • PSC/QSX 384 Sexuality and the Law
  • SWK/HTW/QSX 437 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health & Well Being