Degree Essentials 2014-2015

Queer Studies (concentration only)


Committee: Sandra Runzo, Interim Director (English), Ronald Abram (Studio Art), John Arthos (Communication), Robin Bartlett, on leave (Economics), Marlaine Browning (Writing Center), Christopher Bruhn (Music), Brenda Boyle (English), Gina Dow (Psychology), Barbara Fultner (Philosophy), Jill Gillespie (Women Studies), Karen Graves (Education), Amanda Gunn (Communication), Sarah Hutson-Comeaux (Psychology), Warren Hauk (Biology), Ching-chu Hu (Music), John Jackson (Black Studies), Clare Jen (Women's Studies/Biology), Bill Kirkpatrick (Communication), Linda Krumholz (English), Lisbeth Lipari (Communication), Lisa McDonnell (English), Anna Nekola (Communication/Music), K. Christine Pae (Religion), Heather Pool (Political Science), Fred Porcheddu (English), Frank "Trey" Proctor (History), Sandy Runzo (English), Sheliah Wilson (Studio Art), David Woodyard (Religion), Gill Wright Miller (Dance)

Departmental Guidelines and Goals

An evolving and expanding discipline, Queer Studies encompasses theories and thinkers from numerous fields: cultural studies, gay and lesbian studies, race studies, women's studies, literature, film, media, postmodernism, post-colonialism, psychoanalysis, and more. By engaging with this diverse range of fields, the work of Queer Studies distinguishes itself from the others in that it focuses on issues of sexuality and the way that the questions raised in these other arenas might be inflected through that central lens. To that end, Queer Studies examines the cultural, social, and political implications of sexuality and gender from the perspective of those marginalized by the dominant sexual ethos; it explores the ways that culture defines and regulates sexuality as well as the reverse, the ways that sexuality structures and shapes social institutions.

Students may choose a Concentration in Queer Studies in addition to any major, and may weight their choices toward the social sciences, the humanities, the arts, or the life sciences. The Concentration in Queer Studies will require six courses: three core requirements and three electives selected from among cross-listed courses approved by the Queer Studies Committee. Since every course will not be offered every semester, students interested in this Concentration should discuss and plan their course selections with the close assistance of a member of the Committee.

Queer Studies Concentration

Core Requirements Required courses for the completion of the concentration are QS 101 Introduction to Queer Studies, QS 201 Queer Theories and QS 400 Senior Seminar, and three approved electives.

Electives Elective courses shall be approved by the Queer Studies Committee based on the following criteria, or through petition to the Committee:

At least two-thirds of the course should focus on: some aspect of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender experience, culture, and history; and/or relevant issues or themes (privilege, oppression, sexual behavior, identity, performance, social movements, etc.); and/or conceptual categories (gender, sexuality, etc.) central to the field of Queer Studies.

Any course in the concentration should address in some way the relationship between the normative and the transgressive. Through these courses, students should gain an understanding of and respect for other differences in human lives such as age, ability, class, ethnicity, gender, race, and religion. Courses which already meet the criteria for Queer Studies electives, or which can be readily adapted to meet the above criteria through negotiations between the instructor and the student, include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • ARTS 213 Queer Graphix

  • BIO 215 Special Topics in Biology

  • BLST 235 Introduction to Black Studies

  • BLST 340 Social Movements

  • COMM 215 Special Topics in Communication

  • COMM 229 Mediating Gender and Sexuality

  • COMM 329 Gender and Communication

  • COMM 349 The Trouble with Normal

  • COMM 315/401 Special Topics in Communication

  • COMM 402 Language, Identity, and Politics

  • COMM 406 Rhetoric and Social Movements

  • DANCE 240 Special Topics in Dance

  • ECON 416 Women in the U. S. Economy

  • EDUC 330 Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education

  • EDUC 360 Special Topics in Education

  • ENGL 225 GLBT Writers

  • ENGL 245 Human Diversity through Literature

  • ENGL 250-350 Special Topics in Literature

  • ENGL 340 Contemporary Drama

  • HIST 383 Sex and Sexuality in Latin America

  • MUS 332 Music and Sexuality

  • PHIL 275 Philosophy of Feminism

  • PSYC 260 Human Sexuality

  • PSYC 301 Psychology of Women

  • RELG 101 Introduction to Theology

  • RELG 280-380 Special Topics in Religion

  • SOC/ANTH 245 Special Topics in Sociology/Anthropology

  • WMST 101 Issues in Feminism

  • WMST 315 Feminist Theory