Queer Studies

  • Rainbow with clouds

Minor in Queer Studies

The minor in Queer Studies is an 18 unit minor. It consists of:

  • 3 required courses (9 units)
  • 3 elective courses (9 units)

Students who have already taken some Queer Studies electives may apply them retroactively to the minor.

Minor students must take QS 301, 302 and 3 elective courses for a letter grade. QS 490 can be taken for a letter grade or for credit/no credit for all students.

1. Upper Division Required Courses (9 units)

QS 301 Perspectives in Queer Studies (3)

This course introduces students to the current theories and histories in queer studies, including such closely related fields as transgender studies. The course also introduces students to the scope of queer studies, to scholarly, community-based and activist resources, and to the varied interdisciplinary, methodological and theoretical paradigms in the field. (Available for General Education, Comparative Cultural Studies.)

QS 302 L.A. in Transit: Communities, Organizations and Politics (3)

This course provides students with a broad understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersexed and queer communities, organizations and politics in Los Angeles, with attention to how these are shaped by nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, class and other identifications. (Available for General Education, Lifelong Learning.) (IC)

QS 490 Queer Studies Senior Capstone (3)

Students develop and complete theoretically informed individualized research projects in queer studies in a structured setting. The project will include peer and instructor feedback and guidance on selecting an appropriate topic; conducting research, drafting and revising the project; and presenting the completed project. Course may be offered online or in a classroom setting.

2. Upper Division Electives (9 units)

AAS 455 Asian American Sexuality (3)

Preparatory: Completion of the Lower Division writing requirement. Explores the personal, social and political identities of Asian Americans as expressed from the lens of sexuality; interdisciplinarily examines current topics in Asian American sexuality, such as gender roles, cultural beliefs and sexual mythology, sexual practices, media images, literary representations, sexual violence and abuse, sex-related health, sex work and commodification, and sexual orientation.

GWS 410 Sex, Lies and Media (3)

In this course, students employ critical perspectives to examine narrow definitions of gender/sexuality constructed in media representations. Students deconstruct norms of masculinity and femininity generated by industries such as television, film and advertising that perpetuate and naturalize the commodification of women's bodies. Special attention is paid to bodies and modes of sexuality that transgress (representations of the queer body, for example). Students also construct alternative imagery and generate new ideas about gender and sexuality through discussion and various projects.

GWS 430 Global Sexualities (3)

Neoliberal globalization is as fundamental to understanding contemporary discourses of sexuality as sexuality is key to understanding global issues. The course will foreground a wide range of theoretical perspectives of feminist, queer and globalization theories that help students understand how the emergence of sexuality as an intellectual and social arena is concurrent with specific characteristics of the globalization process and how the new theories of sexuality advance and challenge the feminist agenda for global social and gender justice.

ENGL 368 Gay Male Writers (3)

Preparatory: Completion of Lower Division writing requirement. Examines works in British and American literature that: a) were written by gay men; and b) portray the lives of gay individuals. Focusing primarily on texts written since the late 19th century and traces the development of gay male self-representation in poetry, novels, short fiction, drama and nonfiction.

ENGL 369 Lesbian Writers (3)

Preparatory: Completion of Lower Division writing requirement. Primarily focuses on the work of lesbian writers of the 20th century. Using the approaches of current feminist literary theorists, the course explores the diversity and intersections of lesbian literary traditions, and examines the extent to which lesbian writers have followed and/or altered genre conventions in fiction and poetry.

PHIL 406 Philosophy of Sex, Gender, Sexuality (3)

Prerequisites: PHIL 303 or 348, or QS 301 or 302. An examination of issues in philosophy of sex, gender or sexuality, with emphasis on non-normative sex, gender or sexuality.

QS 401A-Z Advanced Topics in Queer Studies (3)

Intensive study of selected topics in queer studies, such as queer theory, transgender theory, queer issues in education, queer popular culture, the queer diaspora and the globalization and medicalization of sex and gender. Topics change from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit with instructor's consent.

QS 499 Queer Studies Independent Study (3)

Queer Studies independent study is for advanced students who are interested in working on an independent project with a faculty sponsor. The student needs to complete an Independent Study Form with the approval signature from the faculty sponsor and the Queer Studies Coordinator.

SOC 452 Sociology of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Communities (3)

Prerequisites: Junior standing. Analysis of cross-cultural and historical treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities. Survey of sociological research on these communities, including an examination of theory and practice. Analysis of homophobia and other attitudes toward these communities.

Or Other elective courses as approved by the Program Coordinator.