Requirements

The Sexuality and Queer Studies program is comprised of courses from departments throughout the university.

Current Course Offerings

Rarely are courses offered every semester, so be sure to consult the upcoming semester's Sexuality and Queer Studies course schedule while planning your academic schedule.

Required Course

WMGS 6b - Sexuality and Queer Studies: Ideally WMGS 6b should be taken as the first course, as it provides an introduction to critical theories of gender and sexuality, the history of LGBTIQ activism in the United States, and methods of analysis.

Electives

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Historical Focus

One course focusing on the history of sexuality and gender prior to WWII or gender constructs, sexuality and cultural systems from a comparative perspective. The following courses fulfill this requirement:

  • CLAS 140a - Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Greek and Roman Art and Text

  • COML 150b - Critique of Erotic Reason

  • ENG 64b - From Libertinism to Sensibility: Pleasure and the Theater, 1660-1800

  • ENG 120a - The Orlando Project

  • ENG 153a - Enlightenment of the Flesh: Reading and Writing Sex in the Eighteenth Century 

  • HIST 142b - History of Sexualities in Europe

  • NEJS 29a - Feminist Sexual Ethics in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam 

  • NEJS 29b - Slavery, Women, and Religion

  • NEJS 148b - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews and Christians: Sources and Interpretations

  • NEJS 166a - Carnal Israel: Exploring Jewish Sexuality from Talmudic Times to the Present 

  • WMGS 130b - History of Sexuality in the United States

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Elective Courses

Three additional courses chosen from the list of SQS Elective Courses given below. Two of these three courses must be at the 100-level.

  • AAAS 125b - Caribbean Women and Globalization: Sexuality, Citizenship, Work

  • ANTH 142a - AIDS: Science, Society, and Policy

  • ANTH 144a - The Anthropology of Gender 

  • ANTH 166b - Queer Anthropology: Sexualities and Genders in Cross-Cultural Perspective

  • CLAS 140a - Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Greek and Roman Art and Text

  • COML 150b - Critique of Erotic Reason

  • ENG 87a - Sex and Race in the American Novel

  • ENG 87b - Queer Readings: Beyond Stonewall

  • ENG 107a - Women Writing Desire: Caribbean Fiction and Film 

  • ENG 120a - The Orlando Project

  • ENG 121a - Sex and Culture

  • ENG 151a - Queer Studies

  • ENG 181a - Making Sex, Performing Gender

  • NEJS 29a - Feminist Sexual Ethics in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

  • NEJS 29b - Slavery, Women, and Religion

  • NEJS 148b - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Jews and Christians: Sources and Interpretations

  • NEJS 166a - Carnal Israel: Exploring Jewish Sexuality from Talmudic Times to the Present

  • NEJS 178a - Love, Sex, and Power in Israeli Culture

  • SOC 169b - Issues in Sexuality

  • THA 145a - Queer Theater: Wilde to Fabulous 

  • WMGS 160a - Transnational Sexualities 

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Substitutions

Students may substitute a course from the Elective Courses (requiring a substantial paper) category for one of the three required elective courses. Students taking such a course for credit toward the minor must write a paper (or undertake an equivalent project) on the topic of sexualities and/or queer studies and receive approval from the Undergraduate Advising Head prior to enrolling in the course.

With the approval of the Undergraduate Advising Head (UAH), students may substitute an independent study, internship, senior essay, or other capstone experience, taken under a WMGS course number, for one of these four courses. Students must submit a proposal (including the project description, methodology, and working bibliography, or, in the case of an internship, the objectives, proposed written work, and criteria of evaluation) for approval by their faculty adviser and the UAH before the end of the semester preceding that in which they will undertake the project.

Students taking a complementary courses for credit toward the minor must write a paper (or undertake an equivalent project) on the topic of sexualities and/or queer studies.