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Interdisciplinary, Intersectional, International

Women & Gender Studies now offers a minor in LGBTQ Studies! 

With the new minor in LGBTQ Studies, the Women & Gender Studies Program builds on its rich history of intellectual studies and creative work that links the campus to the community. Inaugurated as a Minor in 1992, expanded to a Major in 2006, and now with a minor in LGBTQ Studies, we are one of the strongest interdisciplinary programs on campus. 

We are committed to the pedagogy of feminist, gender, and sexuality studies to give students critical tools to engage the challenges of contemporary life and to work toward a goal of social justice and social transformation.

We rigorously challenge conventional cultural assumptions about multiple forms of sexual difference as constructed by culture and history, and intersecting oppressive forces of race, sexuality, class, and colonialism.

Our courses, rooted in important and innovative research, address hierarchies of knowledge, global and transnational feminist and queer movements, the historical roots of gender-based inequality, queer social and political movements, and the ethical and theological foundations of gender and human rights. 

An LGBTQ Studies minor is a focused examination of the intellectual, cultural and political experiences and knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified individuals and groups.

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Transgender Pride Flag with text overlay of: Introducing Trans* Visions, a new course in Women and Gender Studies, Winter 2019, Professor Jodi O'Brien

Trans* Visions is a lecture series offered winter 2019 featuring feminist trans folk who are experts in areas such as: artificial intelligence/design engineering, family and immigration law, medical and mental health, space and place, sports, politics, and religion. In this queer/trans-centric course we will explore ideas that take us beyond a matrix of oppression and ontological reduction toward a “culture of flourishing.” A guiding premise of this course is that the excluded become the most radically inclusive and are visionaries of revolutionary change. Registration begins November 13th.

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Queer Politics, Winter 2019, Professor Connie Anthony

In the last two decades, the world has gone through a paradigmatic shift on how gay rights are conceptualized. More and more countries in Europe, Asia, and the Americas now include LGBTQ people in a growing array of civil liberties normally afforded to society at large.  This course will address how social movements, the making of new public policy, and the creation of new law has led to the inclusion of an important marginalized social group in the democratic compact. The United States has been a part of this global change, and will be one of the cases we consider, but it has not been the leader. We will assess several countries across many regions of the world with a focus on queer politics. A consideration of the forces of globalization and foreign policy as well as countries that have not yet embraced gay rights, will also be a part of our discussion.   

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Your courses will challenge you academically, politically, personally and give you the expertise to deal positively and effectively with gender issues facing individuals and society.

  • The Introduction to Women & Gender Studies (WGST 2010) examines women's roles in society from multiple perspectives and disciplines
  • Theory and methods courses (WGST 3710 and 3720) give you the intellectual grounding and analytical tools to evaluate feminist critical scholarship
  • Your electives in a range of fields will expand your horizons and allow you to analyze the connections between gender inequalities and other forms of discrimination such as race, class, sexuality, and ethnicity
  • In a seminar, you put methods and theories together to address a compelling problem and write a thesis paper.
  • In your final year, a capstone course pulls all the threads together by focusing on a single text, complex question, vexing issue, or intractable public policy.

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