The Graduate Minor in Queer Studies prepares students to examine how gender and sexuality are constructed and policed and, further, imagines liberatory futures for people of all genders and sexualities. Centering itself on the activism and scholarship of women of color, transnational feminisms, Two-Spirit Indigenous people, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people of color, this graduate option examines homophobia and transphobia's relationship with racism, colonialism, sexism, ableism, classism and other forms of power.  



Master's students must complete a total of 15 credit hours, and doctoral students must complete a total of 18 credit hours. Students whose primary area is WGSS must select courses that are in addition to the WGSS requirements.


All students must complete the following course:


QS 562: Queer Theories (3 credits)


In each of the following two sections, both master's and doctoral students will complete six credit hours. In addition, doctoral students will complete an additional three credit hours from either section.


Sexuality, Gender, Race, & Nation (3-6 credits)

QS 531: Queer of Color Critiques

QS 577: Queer/Trans People of Color Arts and Activism

SPAN 569: Topics in Jotería Studies

QS 572: Indigenous Two-Spirit & Queer Studies

QS 576: Transnational Sexualities


Gender Politics (3-6 credits)

WGSS 514: Systems of Oppression in Women's Lives

QS 524: Trans/gender Politics

QS 573: Transgender Lives

WGSS 560: Women and Sexuality

WGSS 585: Transnational Feminisms