2020-2021 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Apr 11, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Course Catalog

LGBTQ Studies Minor

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies

Margaret Himley
Director of LGBT Studies



Barbara Applebaum, Dorri Beam, Susan Branson, Virginia Burrus, Linda Carty, Albrecht Diem, Pedro DiPietro, Carol Fadda-Conrey, Carol Faulkner, Beth Ferri, Roger Hallas, Jenn Jackson, Coran Klaver, Andrew S. London, Vivian M. May, Charles Morris, Dana M. Olwan, Jackie Orr, Erin Rand, Robin Riley, William A. Robert, Perry Singleton, Matthieu van der Meer

LGBTQ Studies is a multidisciplinary academic field that addresses profound questions about gender and sexuality, identity and community, history and historiography, public memory and archives, human rights and citizenship, cultural productions and social justice activism – from a transnational and intersectional perspective. 

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Describe what life has been like for LGBTQ people in different times and places

2. Identify the theories - LGBTQ theories, and theories of power and agency - that make sense of and explicate queer and LGBTQ lives

3. Examine political action taken by LGBTQ people historically and contemporarily

4. Utilize intersectional analysis to examine LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ people and how their lives and identities have been represented by others


The minor in LGBTQ 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.

Two Required Courses

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.

Four upper-division electives

Students may take any of the approved courses listed below, organized thematically and across disciplines. These are not cluster requirements. Students may also petition to substitute other courses that have substantial LGBTQ content and assignments.

Communities, Places, and Identities:

Representation, Media, and Performance:

Institutions and Public Policy:

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