Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Studies
Barbara Applebaum, Dorri Beam, Susan Branson, Virginia Burrus, Linda Carty, Albrecht Diem, Pedro DiPietro, Chris A. Eng, Carol Fadda-Conrey, Carol Faulkner, Beth Ferri, Roger Hallas, Coran Klaver, Andrew S. London, Vivian M. May, Charles Morris, Dana M. Olwan, Jackie Orr, Erin Rand, Robin Riley, William A. Robert, Perry Singleton, Mattheiu vander Meer
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Describe what life has been like for LGBT and queer people in different times and places
2. Identify the theories - Queer theory, LGBT theories, and theories of power and agency - that make sense of and explicate queer and LGBT lives
3. Examine political action taken by LGBT and queer people historically and contemporarily
4. Utilize intersectional analysis to examine LGBT life in the U.S. and transnationally
5. Become familiar with different traditions and ways of thinking about sexuality and desire transnationally
6. Analyze the cultural production of LGBT and queer people and how their lives and identities have been represented by others
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)
Queer Histories, Communities, and Politics
Explores and analyzes queer, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender 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.
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
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.
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.
Representation, Media, and Performance:
This cluster addresses the ways LGBT cultures and practices have been performed and represented in art and culture.
Institutions and Public Policy:
This cluster studies the ways legal, political, and educational institutions both shape and are shaped by LGBT lives and experiences.