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
ANT 460Queer Anthropology 14
or HIST 458 Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe
WGS 302Contemporary Issues in Queer Studies 24
WGS 340Sexuality Studies4
WGS/ES 345Queer Ethnic Studies4
Approved Electives
Select from the following: 3, 48
Sex, Death, and Human Nature
Action-oriented Ethnography
Meaning, Gender, and Identity in Anthropological Theory
Biology of Sex
LGBT Literature and Media
300- and 400-level English Topics/Subtitle courses as approved 4
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
Sexuality and Gender in African American Communities
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 4
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 Gender
Topics in Diversity on the American Stage 4
Selected Topics 4, 5
Women, Gender and Sexuality in Global Perspective
Special Problems for Advanced Undergraduates 4, 5
Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies 4
Women's and Gender Studies Internship 5
Total units24
1

The QS Core course not taken to meet QS Core requirements (ANT 460 or HIST/WGS 458) can be used to meet QS Elective requirements.

2

This repeatable QS Core course, if repeated for 8 units with different subtitles, can also be used to meet QS Elective requirements.

3

Please check prerequisites. Your ability to select specific courses may vary depending upon your major's curriculum requirements.

4

Minor Advisor approval required for topics/subtitle courses. Approval is dependent on topic/subtitle. Contact the Women's & Gender Studies Department for a list of approved subtitles.

5

At least 4 units of credit must be earned in this course for it to count as an elective in the QS minor.