2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LGBTQ Studies Minor

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies

PJ DiPietro
Director of LGBTQ Studies


Barbara Applebaum, Dorri Beam, Susan Branson, Virginia Burrus, Linda Carty, Jorge Castillo, Albrecht Diem, PJ DiPietro, Carol Fadda, Carol Faulkner, Beth Ferri, Roger Hallas, Jenn Jackson, Coran Klaver, Andrew S. London, Vivian M. May, Charles Morris, Dana M. Olwan, Erin Rand, Robin Riley, William 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 theories (including queer theories and theories of power, agency, gender, and sexuality) that make sense of and explicate LGBTQ lives
3. Examine political actions taken by LGBTQ people in different times and places to effect social change
4. Use intersectionality as an analytic tool to examine LGBTQ lives nationally and transnationally
5. Become familiar with different traditions and ways of thinking about gender, sexuality, and desire
6. Analyze how cultural productions of and about LGBTQ people have represented their lives and identities


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: