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Queer Studies (concentration only)


Committee: Warren Hauk, Director (Biology), Ronald Abram (Studio Art), Robin Bartlett (Economics), Marlaine Browning (Queer Studies, Writing Program), Gina Dow (Psychology), Barbara Fultner (Philosophy), Karen Graves (Education), Amanda Gunn (Communication), Sarah Hutson-Comeaux (Psychology), Ching-chu Hu (Music), John Jackson (Black Studies), Clare Jen (Women's and Gender Studies/Biology), Bill Kirkpatrick (Communication), Maia Kotrosits (Religion), Linda Krumholz (English), Lisbeth Lipari (Communication), May Mei (Mathematics), Lisa McDonnell (English), Michael Morris (Dance), Anna Nekola (Communication), 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, transgender studies, race studies, women's and gender studies, literature, history, film, media, postmodernism, postcolonialism, and more. By engaging with this diverse range of fields, the work of Queer Studies distinguishes itself in that it focuses on issues surrounding sexuality and gender (and other axes of marginalized identity) and the way(s) that the questions raised in these other arenas might be modulated through that central lens. To that end, Queer Studies examines the cultural, social, historical, and political implications of sexuality and gender from the perspective of those marginalized by the dominant sexual and gender ethos; it explores the ways that culture defines and regulates sexuality and gender (and more broadly normativity) as well as the reverse, the ways that sexuality and gender structure and shape social institutions and power structures.

Queer Studies Concentration

Core Requirements The Queer Studies concentration requires a total of six courses. Three of these are core requirements, and three are electives that typically are offered by other programs or departments and are cross-listed with Queer Studies. Core Requirements. The required core courses are Introduction to Queer Studies (QS 101), Queer Theory (QS 268/300), and Senior Seminar (QS 400).

Electives The Queer Studies 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 the relationship between the normative and the transgressive. Through these courses students should gain an understanding of, and respect for, differences in human identity such as age, ability, class, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexuality, 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

  • BLST 235 Introduction to Black Studies

  • BLST 340 Social Movements

  • COMM 229 Mediating Gender and Sexuality

  • COMM 329 Gender and Communication

  • COMM 349 The Trouble with Normal

  • COMM 402 Language, Identity, and Politics

  • COMM 406 Rhetoric and Social Movements

  • DANCE 240 Special Topics in Dance

  • EDUC 330 Gay and Lesbian Issues in Education

  • ENGL 245 Human Diversity through Literature

  • ENGL 250-350 Special Topics in Literature

  • ENGL 340 Contemporary Drama

  • MUS 332 Music and Sexuality

  • PHIL 275 Philosophy of Feminism

  • PSYC 301 Psychology of Women

  • RELG 101 Introduction to Theology

  • RELG 280-380 Special Topics in Religion

  • WGST 101 Issues in Feminism

  • WGST 311 Feminist Theory

WGST 323 Transgender Studies/Issues

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Queer Studies
100 West College Street
Granville, OH 43023

Warren D. Hauk

Director of Queer Studies, Associate Professor (Biology)

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