The program in lesbian, gay, and bisexual studies seeks to understand the historical and cultural construction of sexuality. This interdisciplinary program is anti-homophobic in intent, offering courses that attend seriously to the experience of gay, lesbian, and bisexual people; to the theoretical controversies surrounding sexual identities; and to the variety of scholarship in this area. As a multi-disciplinary enterprise drawing on a variety of methodological approaches, theoretical orientations, and substantive foci, the program examines subjectivity and identity, social and economic roles, religious practice, political praxis, literary productions, and science. In so doing, the program enhances educational development through cross-divisional courses that explore how social change and transformation might follow from a comprehensive understanding of the cultural diversity of sexual practice.


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Course Listing

Core Courses

  • AMST 310 History of Sexual Minorities in America
  • ENG 281 Literature of Sexual Minorities
  • POL 223 Sexual Minority Movements and Public Policy
  • REL 283 Que(e)rying Religious Studies

Perspective Courses

  • ALST 200 Ghettoscapes
  • ALST 240 Third World Women's Texts
  • ANTH 110 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 230 Beyond Monogamy
  • BIDS 245 Men and Masculinity
  • ENG 290 African-American Autobiography
  • ENG 291 Introduction to African-American Literature I
  • ENG 292 Introduction to African-American Literature II
  • HIST 269 Modern Germany
  • HIST 325 Medicine and Public Health in Modern Europe
  • HIST 371 Life Cycles: The Family in History
  • MDLN 308 Latin American/Latino Cinema
  • POL 175 Introduction to Feminist Theory: Radical Feminism in the U.S.
  • POL 215 Minority Group Politics
  • PEHR 212 Making Connections
  • PEHR 214 Teaching for Change
  • PSY 247 Psychology of Women
  • REL 109 Imagining American Religion
  • SOC 223 Social Stratification
  • SOC 224 Social Deviance
  • SOC 230 The Sociology of Everyday Life
  • SOC 259 Social Movements
  • SOC 340 Feminist Social Theory
  • WMST 100 The Female Experience

Note: Courses in dance, creative writing, and languages may also be appropriate choices.


  • BIDS 240 AIDS: Scientific Investigation and the Human Experience
  • CLAS 230 Gender in Antiquity
  • ENG 304 Feminist Literary Theory
  • ENG 342 Readings in Multi-Ethnic Women's Literature
  • ENG 381 Sexuality and American Literature
  • POL 216 African-American Women: Politics and Feminist Thought
  • POL 244 Urban Politics
  • POL 310 Feminist Legal Theory
  • PSY 230 Biopsychology
  • PSY 357 Self in American Culture
  • SOC 221 Sociology of Minorities
  • SOC 226 Sociology of Sex and Gender
  • WMST 400 Feminist Theory

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