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Affiliated Minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies

(For 2014–2015 academic year) 

Advisory Committee
Grapard, Julien, Kent, Loe (Director), Stern, Valente

The affiliated minor in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer studies (LGBT) examines the lives and representations of individuals and groups considered sexual minorities, as well as the various forces that have affected them across cultures and throughout time. Sexuality offers a critical lens to analyze communities, cultures, and subcultures; institutions, discourses, and literatures; economic and political movements; the social construction of power, status, and hierarchies; and identity categories configured on the basis of age, ability, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and religion. Moreover, sexuality is considered as the subject of biological, medical, and psychological research.

LGBT studies is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary minor that emphasizes the application of new theories and methodologies (e.g., queer, feminist, critical race, and multicultural theories) to established disciplines as it promotes the generation of new knowledge within traditional fields. Through the minor, students gain critical understandings of normative categorization, query unspoken assumptions, examine social stratification and distributions of power, and explore the diversity of forms that sexuality has taken historically and in contemporary contexts.

Minor Program

1. A minimum of five courses, of which:
a. At least three courses should be at the 300 or 400 level
b. No more than two courses should come from a single department or program other than LGBT
c. No more than one course should earn credit for an LGBT minor and the student’s major

2. One course must be taken from the following list and completed prior to declaring the minor:
LGBT 220, Lives, Communities, and Modes of Critical Inquiry: An Exploration into LGBTQ Studies
RELG 253, Sex, Love, and God: Religion and Queer Studies
SOAN 220, Gender, Sexuality, and Society


3. At least four additional courses chosen from the following lists and in consultation with an adviser typically selected from the LGBT Advisory Committee:
a. CLAS 232, Sexuality and Gender in Classical Antiquity
ENGL 341, Critical Theory: History, Sexuality, and Queer Time
LGBT 220, Lives, Communities, and Modes of Critical Inquiry: An Exploration into LGBTQ Studies
LGBT/EDUC 241, Queering Education
LGBT 303, Queer Identities and Global Discourses
LGBT 350, Sexuality, Gender, and the Law
POSC 415, Seminar: Social Justice Politics and Policy
RELG 253, Sex, Love, and God: Religion and Queer Studies
SOCI 220, Gender, Sexuality, and Society

b. Other courses may be counted toward an LGBT minor, depending on the orientation of the course and/or the direction of the readings and student projects during a particular year. Such courses need the approval of the instructor and the LGBT director to be counted toward an LGBT minor. These courses include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:
ANTH 301, Kinship and Marriage
ANTH 315, Gender and Culture
ANTH 371, Gender and Society in Africa
ECON 234, Gender in the Economy
EDUC 204, Child and Adolescent Development
ENGL 305, The Female Protagonist
ENGL 340, Critical Theory: Language, Semiotics, and Form
ENGL 363, Contemporary Fiction
FMST 350, Hollywood and the World: Performing Gender and Sexuality Onscreen
FREN 445, 20th-Century French Autobiography
FREN 450, 20th-Century French Literature I
LGBT 391, 491, Independent Study
WMST 202, Women’s Lives: An Introduction to Women’s Studies
WMST 324, The Scandinavian Welfare State: A Gendered Perspective


4. Completing the minor requires students to work closely with their course instructors, their advisers, and the LGBT director.

Course Offerings

Courses unique to the LGBTQ minor are described below. Descriptions of other courses noted above may be found under appropriate departments.

220  Lives, Communities, and Modes of Critical Inquiry: An Exploration into LGBTQ Studies.
K. Valente
The course explores the lives, experiences, and representations of LGBTQ persons, those who identify or are identified as transgressive in terms of their sexuality and/or gender expression. Particular emphases may vary, but topics typically explore LGBTQ communities and families, cultures, and subcultures; histories, institutions, and literatures; and/or economic and political lives. Selected topics serve to expose complex cultural forces that continue to shape sexuality and regulate its various expressions. The course promotes the examination of new theories and methodologies in relation to established disciplines as it underscores the generation of new knowledge within traditional fields of scholarship. By examining sexualities, students gain an understanding of and respect for other differences in human lives such as age, ability, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and religion. This course counts toward the Social Relations, Institutions, and Agents area of inquiry requirement.

241  Queering Education
This course is crosslisted as EDUC 241. For course description, see “Educational Studies: Course Offerings.”

303  Queer Identities and Global Discourses
K. Valente
Queer identities are — and have long been — enmeshed within large-scale circuits of exchange engendered by the movement of people, ideologies, markets, and capital. This course considers transnational conceptualizations and circulations associated with gender or sexual nonconformity. In doing so, it emphasizes ways of interrogating queer citizenship that purposefully attend to dynamics exemplifying complex interactions on global and local scales. Rather than assuming a particular narrative, the course examines the way by which queer identities are variously constructed and contested.

350  Sexuality, Gender, and the Law
Staff
The course examines the effects of the U.S. legal system on the lives of the LGBTQ communities; the influence of religion, science, and culture on the laws affecting LGBTQ individuals; and the processes by which LGBTQ citizens may advance their legal rights. Constitutional theories such as equal protection, privacy, due process, liberty interests, and states’ rights are applied to issues such as consensual sodomy, same-sex marriage, LGBTQ parenting, employment rights, military policy, and freedoms of public school students. The power of the U.S. Supreme Court to shape laws concerning LGBTQ issues not only for the present society but for future generations is also examined. Cases studied are supplemented with secondary works. These works include writings by traditional legal scholars as well as works by feminists, race-based scholars, and queer theorists to create a fuller perspective. Through this exploration into the legal reality of a marginalized group, students see how the U.S. legal system continues to evolve in its struggle to provide equality for all of its citizens. This course counts toward the Social Relations, Institutions, and Agents area of inquiry requirement. (Formerly LGBT 250.)

291, 391, 491  Independent Study