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The program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies seeks to understand the historical and cultural construction of sexuality. This interdisciplinary program is anti-homophobic in intent, offering courses that attend seriously to the experience of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people; to the theoretical controversies surrounding sexual identities; and to the variety of scholarship in this area. As a multi-disciplinary enterprise drawing on a variety of methodological approaches, theoretical orientations and substantive foci, the program examines subjectivity and identity, social and economic roles, religious practice, political praxis, literary productions, and science. In so doing, the program enhances educational development through cros-divisional courses that explore how social change and transformation might follow from a comprehensive understanding of the cultural and historical diversity of sexual practice.
The program offers both a major and a minor, each of which may be either disciplinary or interdisciplinary, depending upon a student's selection of courses. No more than two course equivalents may be counted toward the major. Core courses deal directly and extensively with LGBT issues. Elective courses are not necessarily focused on LGBT issues, yet include these issues as a recurrent theme, constituting a considerable portion of the readings and discussions. Perspectives courses may not deal with LGBT issues directly, but provide important theoretical and/or methodological tools for their analysis. Additional courses may also count toward the major or minor with the approval of faculty adviser and program coordinator(s).
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (B.A.)
disciplinary, 10 courses
Two core courses; two perspective courses; five additional courses selected either from the core group or the electives; and a capstone course, which can only be undertaken after completing at least eight courses toward the major. The capstone course should involve close work with a faculty adviser to create an internship, independent study, or Honors project that serves to integrate material from throughout the major. The courses in a major program must include at least one course from each division and at least three courses in one division.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (B.A.)
interdisciplinary, 10 courses
All of the requirements for the disciplinary major, but, included within the 10 courses, there must be work from at least two departments and at least three courses in each of two or more divisions (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and fine and performing arts).
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR
disciplinary, 5 courses
Two core courses; one perspective course; and two additional courses selected from either the core group or the electives.
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR
interdisciplinary, 5 courses
All of the requirements for the disciplinary minor, but the five courses of the minor must include courses in at least two departments and at least two courses in each of two divisions (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and fine and performing arts).
AMST 310 Sexual Minorities in America
ENG 281 Literature of Sexual Minorities
ENG 381 Sexuality and American Literature
PPOL 219 Sexual Minority Movements and Public Policy
AFS 240 African/Asian/Caribbean Women's Texts
ARTH 230 The Age of Michelangelo
EDUC 331 Rethinking Families
ENG 110 Things Fall Apart
ENG 304 Feminist Literary Theory
FSCT 302 Art Work: Gender, Performance and Capitalism
SPNE 404 Lorca and Almodovar
WMST 204 The Politics of Health
ANTH 110 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
MDSC 100 Intro to Media and Society
WMST 100 Intro to Women's Studies
WMST 247 The Psychology of Women
101 Introduction to Lesbian and Gay Studies This class will introduce students to the field of lesbian and gay studies, exploring the breadth of the field, and posing questions about the future of this academic discipline. We will begin by situating LGBT studies within the broader context of gay and lesbian history, closely examining the question of when modern homosexual identities emerged. Next, we will read a series of watershed theoretical essays, focusing on issues of authorship and audience. Transgenderism will be situated within the context of gay and lesbian history, and read through a series of primary sources and critical essays. As we move into the 21st century, emphasis will be placed upon global and transnational gay and lesbian identities, and upon the discipline of anthropology as it has traditionally been used to interpret gay and lesbian behavior in contexts outside of the West. Finally, we will look at several contemporary issues, such as the "gay gene" and gay marriage, in order to consider how partisan politics create peculiar divides in contemporary gay and lesbian activism.
201 Transgendeer Identiities & Politic This course expands the field of LGBT Studies by examining transgender history, identity formation, and politics. Additionally, it promotes student understanding of the cultural and historical construction of sex/gender from a specifically transgender perspective. The course asks students to analyze transgender identities through the framework of feminist, queer, anti-racist, and social justice perspectives, theorizing how transgender experiences intersect with ideas about sexuality, race, class, law, and kinship. In doing so, it challenges dominant assumptions about gender and sexual identities internal to both U.S. culture as well as feminist and LGB discourses. Course materials include books, films, and scholarly essays from a variety of disciplines, including history, anthropology, critical theory, philosophy, literature, legal studies, and film studies.