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Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Minor

Gender, Women and Sexuality
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Required credits in this minor: 18
The minor focuses on the history, politics, and cultures of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered persons. Courses explore the diversity of GLBT communities, the history and present conditions of sexual identity formation, and the institutionalization of ideologies of sexuality. Core courses focus on issues related to the history, culture, social, and political formations and experiences of GLBT people, and also on GLBT/queer theory. Elective courses are drawn from lists of GLBT-focused courses (emphasizing GLBT issues/experiences) and of GLBT-component courses (having at least one-quarter of their content related to GLBT/queer theory or the history, culture, social, political formations, and experiences of GLBT people).
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Introductory Course
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· GLBT 1001 - Introduction to GLBT Studies [DSJ, SOCS] (3.0 cr)
or GWSS 1007 - Introduction to GLBT Studies [DSJ, SOCS] (3.0 cr)
Core Course
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· GLBT 3404 - Transnational Sexualities [GP] (3.0 cr)
or GWSS 3404 - Transnational Sexualities [GP] (3.0 cr)
· GLBT 3456W - Sexuality and Culture [DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
or CSCL 3350W - Sexuality and Culture [DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· GWSS 4004 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· GLBT 4403 - Queering Theory (3.0 cr)
GWSS 4403 - Queering Theory (3.0 cr)
Electives
Other courses may be used to meet this requirement with permission from the department. SOC 4090 meets the requirement only if the topic is sociology of sexuality.
Take exactly 4 course(s) totaling 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3330 - Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Literature (3.0 cr)
· FSOS 4152 - Gay, Lesbian,Bisexual and Transgender People in Families (3.0 cr)
· GLBT 3610 - Topics in GLBT Studies (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4090 - Topics in Sociology (3.0 cr)
· GLBT 3212 - Dissident Sexualities in U.S. History (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3212 - Dissident Sexualities in U.S. History (3.0 cr)
· GLBT 3301 - Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Social Movements in the United States (3.0 cr)
or GWSS 3501 - Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Social Movements in the United States (3.0 cr)
· GLBT 3502 - Transgender Studies Now [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or GWSS 3502 - Transgender Studies Now [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· GLBT 4101 - Gender, Sexuality, and Politics in America [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or AMST 4101 - Gender, Sexuality, and Politics in America [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· GLBT 4204 - Sex, Love, & Disability (3.0 cr)
or GWSS 4204 - Sex, Love, & Disability (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4521 - Love, Sex, & Marriage (3.0 cr)
or SOC 4521H - Honors: Love, Sex, & Marriage (3.0 cr)
 
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GLBT 1001 - Introduction to GLBT Studies (DSJ, SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01968
Typically offered: Every Fall
History of contemporary GLBT-identified communities. Terms of theoretical debates regarding sexual orientation, identity, and experience. Analyzes problems produced and insights gained by incorporating GLBT issues into specific academic, social, cultural, and political discourses.
GWSS 1007 - Introduction to GLBT Studies (DSJ, SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01968
Typically offered: Every Fall
History of contemporary GLBT-identified communities. Terms of theoretical debates regarding sexual orientation, identity, experience. Analyzes problems produced/insights gained by incorporating GLBT issues into specific academic, social, cultural, political discourses.
GLBT 3404 - Transnational Sexualities (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01539 - GLBT 3404/GWSS 3404
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Lesbian/gay lives throughout world. Culturally-specific/transcultural aspects of lesbian/gay identity formation, political struggles, community involvement, and global networking. Lesbian/gay life in areas other than Europe and the United States.
GWSS 3404 - Transnational Sexualities (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01539 - GLBT 3404/GWSS 3404
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
Lesbian/gay lives throughout world. Culturally-specific/transcultural aspects of lesbian/gay identity formation, political struggles, community involvement, and global networking. Lesbian/gay life in areas other than Europe and the United States.
GLBT 3456W - Sexuality and Culture (DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01555 - CSCL 3350W/GLBT 3456W
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Historical/critical study of forms of modern sexuality (heterosexuality, homosexuality, romance, erotic domination, lynching). How discourses constitute/regulate sexuality. Scientific/scholarly literature, religious documents, fiction, personal narratives, films, advertisements.
CSCL 3350W - Sexuality and Culture (DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01555 - CSCL 3456W/GLBT 3456W
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Historical/critical study of forms of modern sexuality (heterosexuality, homosexuality, romance, erotic domination, lynching). How discourses constitute/regulate sexuality. Scientific/scholarly literature, religious documents, fiction, personal narratives, films, advertisements.
GLBT 4403 - Queering Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01639
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course will give you a solid theoretical foundation in the field of queer studies in addition to explaining its relation to other scholarly traditions, including (but not limited to) feminist theory, GLBT studies, literary studies, psychoanalysis, and postmodernism. Over the course of the semester you will examine the historical forces that birthed queer politics and theory, become conversant in its conceptual basis, interrogate and analyze its various uses and applications, and finally apply it in your own arguments. prereq: Any GWSS or GLBT course
GWSS 4403 - Queering Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01639
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course will give you a solid theoretical foundation in the field of queer studies in addition to explaining its relation to other scholarly traditions, including (but not limited to) feminist theory, GLBT studies, literary studies, psychoanalysis, and postmodernism. Over the course of the semester you will examine the historical forces that birthed queer politics and theory, become conversant in its conceptual basis, interrogate and analyze its various uses and applications, and finally apply it in your own arguments. prereq: Any GWSS or GLBT course
ENGL 3330 - Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Literature/culture produced by/about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Emphasizes importance of materials falsified/ignored in earlier literary/cultural studies. How traditional accounts need to be revised in light of significant contributions of GLBT people.
FSOS 4152 - Gay, Lesbian,Bisexual and Transgender People in Families
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
Perspectives on gay, lesbian, bisexuals and transgender (GLBT) in families. Unique contributions of GLBT to understanding diversity among families. Homophobia, mythologies, coming-out, identity, gender, social networks, intimacy, sexuality, children, parenting, aging, AIDS, ethnicity.
GLBT 3610 - Topics in GLBT Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
SOC 4090 - Topics in Sociology
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: 1001 recommended; soc majors/minors must register A-F; cr will not be granted if cr has been received for the same topics title
GLBT 3212 - Dissident Sexualities in U.S. History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01091 - AmSt 3212/GLBT 3212/Hist 3212
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
History of sexuality in United States. Emphasizes sexualities that have challenged dominant social/cultural norms. Development of transgender, bisexual, lesbian, gay identities/communities. Politics of sex across lines of race/ethnicity. Historical debates over controversial practices, including sex work.
HIST 3212 - Dissident Sexualities in U.S. History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01091 - AmSt 3212/GLBT 3212/Hist 3212
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
History of sexuality in United States. Emphasizes sexualities that have challenged dominant social/cultural norms. Development of transgender, bisexual, lesbian, gay identities/communities. Politics of sex across lines of race/ethnicity. Historical debates over controversial practices, including sex work.
GLBT 3301 - Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Social Movements in the United States
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01970 - GLBT 3301/GWSS 3501
Typically offered: Every Spring
Interdisciplinary course. Development of GLBT social movements using social movement theory/service learning.
GWSS 3501 - Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Social Movements in the United States
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01970
Typically offered: Every Spring
Interdisciplinary course. Development of GLBT social movements using social movement theory/service learning.
GLBT 3502 - Transgender Studies Now (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02557 - GLBT 3502/GWSS 3502
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Transgender studies transforms ideas about gender, sexuality, identity, and biology. We look at how knowledge is made about transgender life across disciplines and media: film, fiction, and the internet, as well as medicine, history, anthropology, and gender studies. This course also asks how transgender social practices and community politics are embedded in dynamics of race, class, sexuality, nationality, and ability.
GWSS 3502 - Transgender Studies Now (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02557 - GLBT 3502/GWSS 3502
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Transgender studies transforms ideas about gender, sexuality, identity, and biology. We look at knowledge is made about transgender life across disciplines and media: film, fiction, and the internet, as well as medicine, history, anthropology, and gender studies. Also asks how transgender social practices and community politics are embedded in dynamics of race, class, sexuality, nationality and ability.
GLBT 4101 - Gender, Sexuality, and Politics in America (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01556
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ways public and private life intersect through the issues of gender, sexuality, family, politics, and public life; ways in which racial, ethnic, and class divisions have been manifest in the political ideologies affecting private life.
AMST 4101 - Gender, Sexuality, and Politics in America (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01556
Typically offered: Every Fall
Ways public and private life intersect through the issues of gender, sexuality, family, politics, and public life; ways in which racial, ethnic, and class divisions have been manifest in the political ideologies affecting private life.
GLBT 4204 - Sex, Love, & Disability
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02552 - GLBT 4204/GWSS 4204
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In America's cultural imagination, people with disabilities are figured either as childlike and asexual, or improperly hypersexual. For disabled people (or anyone perceived as disabled) this paradox has meant denial of sexual agency and gender expression, histories of forced sterilization and institutionalization, sociopolitical marginalization, and great risk of sexual violence (and even death). In this course, we'll examine this history to better understand our contemporary present. We'll analyze constructions of disability and sexuality as they are interwoven with gender, class, race, and citizenship. We will ask: What might it mean to desire disability? Is there a disability sexual culture? Do disabled people queer sex, or does sexuality queer disability? What is the relationship between GLBTQ and disability rights and liberation movements? Drawing from feminist, queer, and disability studies, we'll answer these questions (and more) by examining how the imagined able-bodymind structures our understanding of gender/sexuality, and how disability sexual cultures resist these norms.
GWSS 4204 - Sex, Love, & Disability
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02552 - GLBT 4204/GWSS 4204
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
In America's cultural imagination, people with disabilities are figured either as childlike and asexual, or improperly hypersexual. For disabled people (or anyone perceived as disabled) this paradox has meant denial of sexual agency and gender expression, histories of forced sterilization and institutionalization, sociopolitical marginalization, and great risk of sexual violence (and even death). In this course, we'll examine this history to better understand our contemporary present. We'll analyze constructions of disability and sexuality as they are interwoven with gender, class, race, and citizenship. We will ask: What might it mean to desire disability? Is there a disability sexual culture? Do disabled people queer sex, or does sexuality queer disability? What is the relationship between GLBTQ and disability rights and liberation movements? Drawing from feminist, queer, and disability studies, we'll answer these questions (and more) by examining how the imagined able-bodymind structures our understanding of gender/sexuality, and how disability sexual cultures resist these norms.
SOC 4521 - Love, Sex, & Marriage
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02036
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
This course will provide an overview of sociological approaches to intimate human relationships. What can sociology and related disciplines tell us about these seemingly intensely personal subjects? More than you might think! Specific topics we will cover include love and romance, dating and mate selection, sexuality, cohabitation, marriage, and divorce. The focus is on contemporary American society, but current U.S. practices are placed in historical and cross-cultural context. prereq: [1001 or instr consent], soc majors/minors must register A-F
SOC 4521H - Honors: Love, Sex, & Marriage
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02036
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
This course will provide an overview of sociological approaches to intimate human relationships. What can sociology and related disciplines tell us about these seemingly intensely personal subjects? More than you might think! Specific topics we will cover include love and romance, dating and mate selection, sexuality, cohabitation, marriage, and divorce. The focus is on contemporary American society, but current U.S. practices are placed in historical and cross-cultural context. Honors students registering for Soc 4521H: Additional special assignments will be discussed with honors participants who seek to earn honors credit toward the end of our first class session. Students will also be expected to meet as a group and individually with the professor four times during the course semester. Examples of additional requirements may include: - Sign up and prepare 3-4 discussion questions in advance of at least one class session. - Work with professor and TA on other small leadership tasks (class discussion, paper exchange, tour). - Write two brief (1-page) reflection papers on current news or a two-page critique of a class reading - Attend a presentation, workshop, or seminar on a related topic for this class and write a 2-page maximum reflective paper. - Interview a current sociology graduate student and present briefly in class or write a reflective piece, not more than 2 pages in length, to be submitted to the professor. prereq: Honors