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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 and queer people, but more fundamentally provides a critical 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. No more than two course equivalents may be counted toward the major. Core courses deal directly and extensively with LGBT and queer issues. Elective courses are not necessarily focused on LGBT and queer issues, yet include the critical study of sexuality and gender as a recurrent theme. 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).

Additional courses may also count toward the major or minor with the approval of faculty adviser and program chair. Students may approach teaching faculty to serve as advisers for their LGBT major and minor designations.

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 courses in a major program must include at least one course from each division and at least three courses in one division.

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).

disciplinary, 5 courses 
Two core courses; one perspective course; and two additional courses selected from either the core group or the electives.

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).

Core Courses
LGBT 101 Introduction to LGBT Studies
LGBT 202 Histories of Sexuality in the West
LGBT 403 Senior Capstone/Queer Theory

Elective Courses
AMST 310 Sexual Minorities in America
ANTH 220 Sex Roles
CLAS 230 Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity 
ENG 310 Power, Desire, Literature
ENG 330 Male Heroism in the Middle Ages
ENG 360 Sexuality and American Literature
LGBT 301 Queer Geographies and Migrations
LGBT 302 Trans*Studies 
PHIL 345 Power, Privilege and Knowledge
POL 401 Sex and Race in International Relations 
PPOL 101 Democracy and Public Policy
PPOL 219 Sexual Minority Movements and Public Policy 
PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Activism
PSY 275 Human Sexuality
REL 283 Que(e)rying Religious Studies. 
RUSE 251/351 Sex, Power, & Creativity in Russian Literature 
SOC 223 Inequalities 
SOC 226 Sex and Gender
SPNE 404 Lorca and Almodóvar 
WMST 213 Transnational Feminisms
WMST 218 Queer Representation in Theater and Film
WMST 219 Black Feminisms
WMST 220 The Body Politic 
WMST 300 Feminist Theory
WMST 308 Chicana and Latina Art: Altars, Ofrendas, and Radical Acts

Perspectives Courses 
ANTH 110 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
ARTH 221 Early Italian Renaissance Painting 
ARTH 230 The Age of Michelangelo
ARTH 303/403 Gender and Painting in China
ARTH 305/405 Women and Men: Gender Construction in Renaissance Italy 
ARTH 315/415 Art and the Senses: High Renaissance Art and Architecture in Venice in 15th and 16th Century 
ASN 304 Courtesan Culture in China and Japan
EDUC 331 Rethinking Families 
ENG 232 Medieval Romance
ENG 331 Iconoclastic Women in the Middle Ages
GERE 104 German Cinema
GERE 209 Decoding Fairy Tales
MDSC 100 Introduction to Media and Society
MDSC 304 Media and Theory 
POL 208 Gender and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa 
PSY 205 Adolescent Psychology
PSY 227 Introduction to Social Psychology
PSY 344 Topics in Personality
WMST 100 Introduction to Women’s Studies
WMST 150 Introduction to Chicana Feminism and Visual Culture
WMST 204 The Politics of Health
WMST 247 The Psychology of Women
WMST 305 Food, Feminism, and Health 
WMST 309 Stormy Weather: Ecofeminism

LGBT 101 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies This course introduces students to key concepts, events, and movements in the history of the contemporary LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) and queer politics in the United States. Topics include: the relationships between gender, sex, and sexuality; the emergence of an identifiable LGB social movement in the United States; queer and trans critiques of LGB politics; and major issues for contemporary queer studies, including, for example, the politics of gay marriage, gay military service, and prison abolition. Drawing on interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to LGBT and queer social identities, cultures, and political movements, we will explore some of the following questions: What does it mean to "have a sexuality"? How do race, class, gender, dis/ability and citizenship status shape experiences and expressions of sexual identities? How have sexual and gender minorities organized themselves in the United states, and with what impact on the broader culture?

LGBT 202 Histories of Sexuality in the West This course introduces students to a range of theories on sexuality and sexual identities, with a focus on the historical emergence of critical sexuality studies and queer theory in the late 20th century. Beginning with foundational ideas about human sexuality as they were established in sexology and psychoanalysis, the course then moves into feminist and queer analyses of the relationships between sexuality, identity, society, and the operation of power. Along with keystone texts by Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, and Judith Butler, we will engage with feminist, postcolonial, and queer revisions of the history of sexuality in the West as a history of domination, subjection, empire building, and colonization.

LGBT 206/306 Sexuality and Space How do the spaces we live in-our houses, neighborhoods, cities, environments, and national territories—impact the way we think about our sexual identities, orientations, and subcultures? This course will examine the relationships between gender, sexuality and space through the fundamental concepts of cultural geography, urban planning, and architecture. We will be thinking about spaces on multiple scales, starting with examining the body as "the geography closest in" (Rich) and "the closet" as a metaphor for those who identify as sexual and gender minorities but do not disclose their identities. We will then move to consideration of dwelling spaces: How do our living spaces reflect cultural assumptions about sexuality, family structures, and kinship? Ho do urban and rural spaces and their imaginaries reflect and shape cultural assumptions about "normal" bodies? How do nations, nationalism, settler-colonial spaces, and transnationalisms shape ideas about sexuality at the level of population? How do migration and mobility practices across multiple borders affect sexual and gendered subjectivities? What spaces of resistance are queer people cultivating? 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 from different spaces?

LGBT 207/307 Transnational Intimacies This course engages with contemporary queer and feminist debates concerning sex, gender, and sexuality in the context of intricately connected, transnational social worlds. Trans-nationalism is often framed as a relatively 'new' phenomenon in human history, one that has only recently emerged as a result of globalization and the increasing movements of people, animals, goods, and services across national borders since the 1990s. Such large-scale movements are commonly theorized in terms of political economy - that is, as 'flows' and 'circulations' driven by capitalist logic and framed as potential security problems to be governed by nation-state institutions, supranational organizations, and non-governmental organizations alike. Yet, anti-colonial, anti-racist, and feminist queer scholarship reveals that those aspects of life that we typically understand as most 'intimate' or 'private' - our bodies, feelings, and desires - have been/are profoundly shaped through long and entangled transnational histories and geographies of power. Drawing on transnational and decolonizing queer epistemologies, this course invites students to analyze the affective dimensions of contemporary configurations of power as they cohere around practices of kinship, citizenship, mobility and belonging. Through a series of case studies, including LGBTQ migration, transnational adoption, medical and reproductive tourism, sex tourism and the mail-order bride industry, we will explore the central questions of the course: What are the relationships between intimacy, love, and transnational social processes? How do histories and geographies of power shape contemporary formations of belonging, mobility, and identity? How do these questions impact how we think about and conceptualize LGBT identities, communities and social movements?

LGBT 209 Queer of Color Critique Queer of color critique explores the relationships between embodiment, social location and knowledge production by examining how the confluence of race, sexuality, and gender operate to create unique forms of social inequality in the context of nation and capitalism. Focusing on how queer people of color have used theory as a survival tool, discursive intervention and platform for social justice, students will examine how and why specific social inequalities exist in contemporary US culture. Dis-identifying with the unity of terms such as "people of color," this course interrogates the specific circumstances affecting the production of theory by a diverse set of racial groups within the US context while centering an understanding of cultural difference as inherently inflected by sexuality and gender.

LGBT 302 Trans*Studies Through a focus on the tensions between feminist, queer, and trans theory and activism, this course explores the burgeoning academic field of Trans Studies. The course opens with the infamous debates between some lesbian and radical feminists and trans scholars, activists, and artists around femininity and "authentic" womanhood beginning in the late 1970s. From there, we move into the "border wars" between queer and trans scholars that unfolded around the question of masculinity in the late 1990s. We then turn our focus to contemporary activism and scholarship that might be described as distinctively "trans*feminist." This part of the course explores trans*feminist approaches to anti-Black racism, decolonizing/indigenous/two-spirit activism, prisons, shelters, and sex work. In conclusion, we reflect upon the recent institutionalization of Trans Studies to (re)consider the resonances in political investment that run across the interrelated fields of feminist, queer, and trans studies.

LGBT 403 Capstone: Queer Theory This senior seminar is a culminating experience for the major, requiring majors to engage in a sustained research/praxis project which brings together queer methods and theories and applies them to a socially engaged context.  Students will also be exposed to the most recent debates and developments in the field, and be asked to situate their work in this context.  Professional development will also be emphasized by bringing majors together to form community and intellectual exchange, preparing them to enter into a wider job market and/or graduate level studies with a no-traditional major.

LGBT 450 Independent Study

LGBT 456 1/2 Credit Independent Study

LGBT 495 Honors

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.