Graduate Minors in Queer Studies



The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program offers Graduate Minors at the Master's and Ph.D. levels. A 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 20 credits, and doctoral students must complete a total of 24 credits. Students whose primary area is WGSS may use required coursework for their program towards an MA or Ph.D. minor in Queer Studies.

All students must complete the following course:

QS 562: Queer Theories (4 credits)

In each of the following two sections, both master's and doctoral students will complete 8 credits. In addition, doctoral students will complete an additional 4 credits in either area.

Students must complete 8 credits in the following area:

Sexuality, Gender, Race, and Nation (8 credits)

QS/WGSS/ES 531. Queer of Color Critiques (4)

QS/ES/WGSS 572. Indigenous Two-Spirit and Queer Studies (4)

QS/WGSS 576: Transnational Sexualities (4)

QS/ES/WGSS 577. Queer/Trans People of Color Arts and Activism (4)

QS 599. Special Topics in Queer Studies (4)

WGSS/SPAN/QS/ES. 569. Topics in Joteria Studies (3)

Students must complete 8 credits in the following area:

Gender Politics (8 credits)

QS/WGSS 524. Trans/Gender Politics (4)

QS/WGSS 573. Transgender Lives (3)

QS 599. Special Topics in Queer Studies (4)

WGSS 514. Systems of Oppression in Women's Lives (4)

WGSS 560. Women and Sexuality (3)

WGSS 585. Transnational Feminisms (4)

WGSS 616: Multiracial, Transnational, and Queer Feminisms I (4)