Degree Requirements2016-2017

Queer Studies (concentration only)


Committee: Warren Hauk, Director (Biology), Ronald Abram (Studio Art), Robin Bartlett (Economics), Marlaine Browning (Writing Center), Brenda Boyle (English), Gina Dow (Psychology), Barbara Fultner (Philosophy), Jill Gillespie (Women’s and Gender 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), May Mei (Mathematics), Lisa McDonnell (English), Michael Morris (Dance), Anna Nekola (Communication/Music), Emily Nemeth (Education), K. Christine Pae (Religion), Heather Pool (Political Science), Fred Porcheddu-Engel (English), Frank “Trey” Proctor (History), Sandy Runzo (English), Charles St-Georges (Spanish), Sheilah 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 many fields: cultural studies, gay and lesbian studies, race studies, women’s and gender 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.

Queer Studies Concentration

Core Requirements The required core courses are QS 101 Introduction to Queer Studies, QS 300 Queer Theory, and QS 400 Senior Seminar.

Electives The concentration requires students to complete three elective courses from among those 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 that already meet the criteria for Queer Studies electives, or that can be readily adapted to meet the above criteria through negotiations between instructor and 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

  • WGST 101 Issues in Feminism

  • WGST 315 Feminist Theory