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Students in LGBT Studies explore the cultural and historical construction of sex, sexuality and gender in cross-cultural contexts. The program examines the lives of sexual and gender minorities throughout history, as well as the relation of gender and sexuality to the social body more generally. Among its primary concerns are the study of the embodiment, cultures, political formations, and creative expressions of queer and transgender people. It also fosters critical analysis of the formation of sexual and gender identities, and the role of sexuality and gender across human time and space. LGBT Studies is therefore not only for, by, or about LGBT people, but seeks to provide an analysis of sex and gender as they function in relation to human history and its cultural diversity.
LGBT Studies draws on methodologies from a range of fields in the humanities and social sciences, including history, anthropology, sociology, public policy, rhetoric, literary studies, religious studies, cultural studies and art history. Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses that theorize practices and concepts of sex, sexuality and gender within an intersectional framework.
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).
LGBT 101 Introduction to LGBT Studies
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
LGBT 201 Transgender Identities & Politics
LGBT 204 Bodies of Difference
LGBT 301 Queer Geographies and Migrations
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
LGBT 101 Introduction to LGBT Studies This course traces the Western emergence of queer claims to public space and political agency through an investigation of four distinct periods in LGBT identity and community formation: the pre-Stonewall era of homophile organizations and “the closet;” the gay liberation era and its explosive struggles over public space; the era of AIDS and its accompanying conservative backlash; and the current era of globalization, conflict, and economic collapse. Combining historical readings and documentaries with germinal essays in feminist and queer theory, the course surveys the development and emergence of modern LGBT identities as they have defined themselves in alliance with or in opposition to one another, society, and the state.
LGBT 201 Transgender Identities & Politics 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.
LGBT 204 Bodies of Difference This course brings queer studies and disability studies together to analyze modern scientific and institutional languages about the queer body, examining how the archive of queer self-documentation interacts with and confronts "official" forms of knowledge. The course engages critically with the development of modern science by tracing its cultural and political effects on queer and disabled bodies as these subjects historically reported them. It promotes an understanding of the limitations and oppressive institutional effects of scientific thought from the perspective of those labeled "crippled," "deformed," "perverted," "criminal," and " insane" by an emerging complex of discourses: medicine, psychiatry, the law, demographics, and capitalist economics. We will consider the political and historiographic qualities of memoir, poetry, painting, self-portraiture, performance art, ethnography and film as we analyze how diverse queer subjects have historically struggled to create and understand what life inside a "queer body" might mean.
LGBT 208 Queers in Space: LGBT Cultural Geography How do the spaces we live in- our houses, neighbor hoods, cities, and national boundaries-impact the way we think about our sexual identities, orientations, and subcultures? This course will examine lesbian, gay , bisexual, transgender, and queer cultures and identities through the fundamental concepts of cultural geography, urban planning, and architecture. We will be thinking about space on multiple scales, starting with examining " the closet" as a metaphor for those who identify as LGBT but do not disclose their identifies. We will then move to our houses and buildings: How do our houses reflect cultural assumptions about sexuality, family structures, and kinship? How do the spaces we occupy- the buildings, parks, & roads that make up our everyday life-shape, and are shaped by, our cultural assumptions about " normal" bodies? Ho does race, class, sexuality, and dis/ability define what a "normal" body is? We'll examine the concept of "queer space": What makes a space "safe" for queer people? How do our identities get territorialized, and who might be excluded from that space? How does LGBT culture center on urban spaces, and shy? What kinds of LGBT communities emerge in rural spaces? Finally, we will think spatially on a global scale: How does sexual identity get defined differently when we think of it transnationally? As we ask these questions, we will necessarily be asking larger ones; how is knowledge and power wrapped up in how we organize and make meaning form different spaces?
LGBT 301 Queer Geographies and Migrations This course explores the relations of historical queer identity-formation to cultural memory and aesthetic practice by addressing a series of interrelated questions: Are all LGBT people "queer?" Who do those categories enable and who do these terms exclude? What are the various historical relationships of sexual/gendered practices and politics to identity? How have LGBT/queer contact and culture been imagined and communicated over time/distance? How do desires and identities emerge through the stories of individual lives and through the stories of cultures? What role has aesthetic representation played in the creation and communication of the queer political imagination across time and space?