Queer Studies Minor

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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Students will develop skills in critical thinking, creativity, lifelong learning and communication (including oral, written and visual) to multiple audiences.
  2. Students will demonstrate substantial knowledge of foundational and contemporary research in the interdisciplinary field of Queer Studies, and substantial knowledge of the Queer Studies theoretical literature.
  3. Students will gain an understanding of how the interdisciplinary field of Queer Studies creates new knowledge and draws upon and utilizes perspectives from multiple fields across the humanities, arts and social sciences.
  4. Students will understand the ways in which constructions, experiences and expressions of sexuality shape and are shaped by social, political, ethical, institutional, economic, legal, cultural, scientific and technological factors in the past and present, with special attention paid to interlocking systems of race, ethnicity, religion, class, nation, age, dis/ability and gender in local, national and transnational contexts.
  5. Students will understand the ways in which the dynamics of heterosexism and heteronormativity shape and are shaped by social, political, ethical, institutional, economic, legal, cultural, scientific and technological factors in the past and present, with special attention paid to interlocking systems of race, ethnicity, religion, class, nation, age, dis/ability and gender in local, national and transnational contexts.
  6. Students will employ key concepts in Queer Studies to contribute to scholarship, creative production and innovation.
  7. Students will develop the intellectual and practical skills necessary to engage with issues of social justice and serve as leaders in the creation, enactment, and evaluation of efforts to create a more inclusive, just and equitable world.
Required Courses 1
WGS 302Contemporary Issues in Queer Studies 24
or ES 345 Queer Ethnic Studies
WGS 455Queer Theory4
Core Courses 3
Select from the following:8
Queer Anthropology
LGBT Literature and Media
Sexuality and Gender in African American Communities
Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe
Sexuality Studies
Approved Electives 4, 5
Select from the following:8
Sex, Death, and Human Nature
Action-oriented Ethnography
Meaning, Gender, and Identity in Anthropological Theory
Biology of Sex
300- and 400-level English Topics/Subtitle courses as approved 5
Race, Culture and Politics in the United States
Survey of Indigenous Studies
Survey of Africana Studies
Survey of Latino/a Studies
Survey of Asian American Studies
Beyoncé: Race, Feminism and Politics
Cultural Production and Ethnicity
Critical Race Theory
The Social Construction of Whiteness
Comparative Social Movements
History of the American West, Southwest Borderlands, and California
Imperialism and Postcolonial Studies
Topics and Issues in Values, Media and Culture 5
Sport and Gender
Feminist Ethics, Gender, Sexuality and Society
The Politics of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
Intergroup Dialogues
Psychology of Gender
The Social Psychology of Prejudice
Religion, Gender, and Society
Sociology of the Family
Social Change
Sociology of Genders and Sexualities
Topics in Diversity on the American Stage 5
Selected Topics 5, 6
Women, Gender and Sexuality in Global Perspective
Intersectional Feminist Art Histories
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates 5, 6
Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies 5
Women's and Gender Studies / Queer Studies Internship
Selected Advanced Topics 5, 6
Total units24