LGBT/Queer Studies

LGBT/Queer Studies

LGBT/Queer Studies focuses on the identities and histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. LGBT/Queer Studies also examines how dynamics assumptions about sexuality and gender are constructed and emphasizes queer resistance to those assumptions in the United States and globally.

KEY COURSES:

WGST 109 Gender, Sexuality, and Culture 
This course explores key concepts in gender studies, including our understanding of the social construction of gender, by examining assumptions about gender roles and relations in contemporary society.

WGST 190 Introduction to LGBT Studies
This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender studies and examines the political, psychological and artistic cultures of contemporary lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

WGST 208 Sex: Power, Pleasure, Politics
Beginning with some basic work on the history of sexuality, this course explores a variety of topics: heterosexuality as an historical institution; pornography; prostitution; date rape and sexual harassment; rape and sexual violence; race, sex, and miscegenation; sex and disease; and sex and pleasure.

ENGL 205: Lesbian and Gay Literature/Queer Literature 
This course takes a historical perspective on LGBTQ literature, mostly from the US. How have changes in law, in social structures, in attitudes, and in aesthetics changed LGBTQ life and literature? How is that different depending on gender, race, and class position?

COURSES IN THE WORKS:

WGST XXX Trans*: Histories, Identities, Politics 
This course explores trans and non-gender conforming lives in US and global contexts. Students will examine historical and contemporary assumptions and definitions of gender identities using interdisciplinary frameworks.

WGST XXX Sexuality and Globalization
This course will provide an interdisciplinary examination of gender and sexuality studies in a global context. Students will study the position of sexuality within global movements for social justice and civil society. They will explore the relation of local understandings of sexuality to larger-scale, global movements.

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