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Students in Critical Sexuality and Queer Studies explore the cultural and historical construction of sex, sexuality and gender in cross-cultural contexts. The program examines the lives of sexual and gender minorities throughout history, as well as the relation of gender and sexuality to the social body more generally. Among its primary concerns are the study of the embodiment, cultures, political formations, and creative expressions of queer and transgender people. It also fosters critical analysis of the formation of sexual and gender identities, and the role of sexuality and gender across human time and space. Critical Sexuality and Queer Studies is therefore not only for, by, or about LGBT and queer people, but more fundamentally provides a critical analysis of sex and gender as they function in relation to human history and its cultural diversity.

Critical Sexuality and Queer Studies draws on methodologies from a range of fields in the humanities and social sciences, including history, anthropology, sociology, public policy, rhetoric, literary studies, religious studies, cultural studies and art history. Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses that theorize practices and concepts of sex, sexuality and gender within an intersectional framework.

The program offers both a major and a minor. Core courses deal directly and extensively with LGBT and queer issues. Focus courses are not necessarily focused on LGBT and queer issues, yet include the critical study of sexuality and gender as a recurrent theme. Context courses may not deal with LGBT issues directly, but provide important historical context, theoretical and/or methodological tools for their analysis. Additional courses may also count toward the major or minor with the approval of faculty adviser and program chair(s).

Requirements for the Major (B.A.)
10 Courses
CSQS 101 and CSQS 202 or 209; one course from the methods list; two courses from the focus list; four additional courses from the context, focus or core list; and CSQS 403. At least one course must be a CSQS studies core course at the 300-level or above (excluding 403). A cross-listed 300-level focus or context course may be substituted upon approval by adviser. Six courses must be unique to the major. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. No more than two credit/no credit courses can be counted towards the major.

Requirements for the Minor
5 courses
CSQS 101 and CSQS 202 or 209; one course from the core or focus list; two additional course from the core, focus, or context list. At least one course must be a CSQS Studies focus course at the 300-level or above. A cross-listed 300-level focus or context course may be substituted upon approval by adviser. All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. No more than one credit/no credit courses can be counted towards the minor.

Core Curriculum
CSQS 101 Introduction to Critical Sexuality and Queer Studies
CSQS 202 Histories of Sexuality in the West
CSQS 204 Body-minds of Difference/Sexuality and Disability
CSQS 206/306 Geographies of (Un)Belonging: Sexuality, Power, Environments
CSQS 207/307 Transnational Sexualities & Intimacies Beyond Borders
CSQS 209 Queer of Color Critique
WMST 219 Queer Representations
CSQS 302 Trans*feminisms
CSQS 403 Senior Capstone

Focus Courses
AFS 208 Growing Up Black
AMST 312 Critical Space Theory and Practice
ARTH 205 Gender and Display
ANTH 220 Sex Roles
BIDS 214 The Politics of Reproduction
CLAS 230 Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity
DAN 214 20th Century Dance History: Gender and Difference
ENG 310 Power, Desire Literature
ENG 360 Sexuality and American Literature
POL 238 Sex and Power
PSY 275 Human Sexuality
RUSE 251/351 Sexuality, Creativity and Power
WMST 218 Queer Representation in Film and Theatre
WMST 219 Black Feminisms
WMST 150 Chicana Feminisms & Visual Culture

Methods Courses
AMST 201 Methods in American Studies
ANTH 273 Research Methods
ARTS 301 Feminist Oral History
ENG 200 Critical Methods
ENV 210 Qualitative Methods and the Community
HIST 212 Historical Research Methods
HIST 308 The Historian's Craft
MDSC 315 Social Documentaries
POL 371 Qualitative and Interpretive Research Methods
PSY 210 Statistics and Design
SOC 211 Research Methods
THTR 290 Theater For Social Change
WMST 301 Feminist Oral History
WMST 305 Food, Feminism & Health
WRRH 360 Power and Persuasion
WRRH 362 Legal Writing

Context Courses
AFS 180 The Black Atlantic
AFS 211 Black Earth
AMST 207 Baseball and American Culture
AMST 215 Music & Race in US Popular Cultures
AMST 221 Immigrant Arts
AMST 222 American Empire
AMST 260 Critical Family History
AMST 2xx Storytelling with Data
AMST 301 Cultural Theory
AMST 330 Digital Humanities
AMST 332 Racial Regimes & Anti-Racist Struggles
AMST 351 Archives of American Literature
AMST 360 Art, Memory & Cultural Power of Place
AMST/ENV 237 Environmental Justice in Indian Country
ANTH 205 Race, Class, Ethnicity
ANTH 212 NGOs and Development
ANTH 260 Medical Anthropology
ANTH 319 Feminist and Political Anthropology
ARTH 208 Greek and Architecture
ARTH 210 Women Artists in Europe and Asia, 1300-1750
ARTH 303 Gender and Painting in China
ARTH 305 Renaissance Women and Men
ARTH 308 Art & Censorship
ARTH 310 Genre of the Female Nude
BIDS 288 White Mythologies: Objectivity, Meritocracy, & Other Social Constructions
BIDS 245 Men and Masculinity
BIDS 286 Gender, Nation, and Literature in Latin America
ECON 227 Women and International Development
ECON 243 Political Economics of Race
ECON 310 Economics and Gender
EDUC 201 Schooling and Social Equality
EDUC 202 Human Growth & Development
EDUC 209 Gender & Schooling
EDUC 308 Politics of Care
EDUC 331 Rethinking Families
ENG 114 Sickness, Health & Disability
ENG 115 Literature & Social Movements
ENG 246 Literature of Decadence
ENG 252 American Women Writers
ENG 300 Literary Theory Since Plato
ENG 301 Cultural Theory
ENG 304 Feminist Literary Theory/Criticism
ENG 330 Male Heroism in the Middle Ages
ENG 331 Iconoclastic Women
ENG 441 Writing Women
ENV 201 Environment and Society
ENV 237 Environmental Justice in Indian Country
FRE 251 Introduction to French Literature I: Mystics, Friends, and Lovers
FRE 252 Introduction to French Literature II: Que sais-je?
FRNE 285 The Troubadours: Songs of Love, War, and Redemption
FRE 352 North-African Literature and Culture. Narrative of Dissent and Search for Identity
FRE 355 Francophone Caribbean Identities
FRNE 395 Race in 18th Century French Culture
HIST 112 Soccer: Around the World with the Beautiful Game
HIST 208 Women in American History
HIST 317 Women's Rights Movements
HIST 348 Black Women Struggle for Rights
HIST 351 Freud & Problem of Authority
LTAM 210 Latin American Perspectives
MDSC 303 History of the Social Documentary
MDSC 315 Introduction to Social Documentary
MDSC 335 Visibility Matters
MDSC 415 Advanced Social Documentary
MNST 101 College Men: Campus Life and the Quest for Manhood
MNST 301 Theories of Masculinity
MUS 194 Genealogy of Hip Hop
MUS 209 Women in Music
MUS 215 Music and Race in US Popular Culture
PHIL 152 Philosophy and Feminism
PHIL 250 Feminism: Ethics and Knowledge
PHIL 345 Power, Privilege & Knowledge
POL 175 Intro to Feminist Theory
POL 208 Gender and Politics in MENA
POL 265 Modern Political Theory
POL 333 Civil Rights
PSY 227 Introduction to Social Psychology
PSY 245 Introduction to Cultural Psychology
PSY 345 Psychology for the Public Good
REL 236 Gender and Islam
REL 327 Gender and Identity in the Muslim World
SOC 206 Kids and Contention
SOC 221 Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 223 Inequalities
SOC 224 Social Deviance
SOC 225 Working Families
SOC 226 Sex and Gender
SOC 238 Immigrant America
SOC 263 Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 357 Race and Education
SOC 370 Religion, Politics & Lifestyle
SPA 304 Body/Border
SPA 316 Voces de Mujeres
THTR 309 Feminist Theatre
WMST 100 Intro to Women's Studies
WMST 204 The Politics of Health
WMST 213 Transnational Feminisms
WMST 215 Feminism & Psychoanalysis
WRRH 262 Rhetorics of Disability
WRRH 364 Suffrage and Citizenship
WRRH 365 Feminist Rhetorics

CSQS 101 Introduction to Critical Sexuality and Queer Studies This course introduces students to key concepts, events, and movements in the history of the contemporary CSQS (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) and queer politics in the United States. Topics include: the relationships between gender, sex, and sexuality; the emergence of an identifiable LGB social movement in the United States; queer and trans critiques of LGB politics; and major issues for contemporary queer studies, including, for example, the politics of gay marriage, gay military service, and prison abolition. Drawing on interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to CSQS and queer social identities, cultures, and political movements, we will explore some of the following questions: What does it mean to "have a sexuality"? How do race, class, gender, dis/ability and citizenship status shape experiences and expressions of sexual identities? How have sexual and gender minorities organized themselves in the United States, and with what impact on the broader culture?

CSQS 202 Histories of Sexuality in the WestThis course introduces students to a range of theories on sexuality and sexual identities, with a focus on the historical emergence of critical sexuality studies and queer theory in the late 20th century. Beginning with foundational ideas about human sexuality as they were established in sexology and psychoanalysis, the course then moves into feminist and queer analyses of the relationships between sexuality, identity, society, and the operation of power. Along with keystone texts by Sigmund Freud, Michel Foucault, and Judith Butler, we will engage with feminist, postcolonial, and queer revisions of the history of sexuality in the West as a history of domination, subjection, empire building, and colonization.

CSQS 204 Bodies of DifferenceThis course brings queer and critical disability studies together to analyze scientific discourses around disruptive/'excessive' bodies and affects. We will examine how the self-representation of queer, crip, and gender non-conforming bodies, subjectivities, and emotions challenge and seek to transform dominant forms of purportedly 'objective' knowledge, with a specific focus on the complex of rationalities central to the project of capitalist modernity and colonialism: medicine, psychiatry, law, demographics, and eugenics. We will center the ways that those labelled 'crippled,' 'perverse,' 'criminal,' and 'insane' have resisted and sought to transform such bodies of knowledge through the creation of coalitional counter-publics, memoirs, theory, film, and the erotic arts.

CSQS 206/306 Sexuality and SpaceHow do the spaces we live in-our houses, neighborhoods, cities, environments, and national territories-impact the way we think about our sexual identities, orientations, and subcultures? This course will examine the relationships between gender, sexuality and space through the fundamental concepts of cultural geography, urban planning, and architecture. We will be thinking about spaces on multiple scales, starting with examining the body as "the geography closest in" (Rich) and "the closet" as a metaphor for those who identify as sexual and gender minorities but do not disclose their identities. We will then move to consideration of dwelling spaces: How do our living spaces reflect cultural assumptions about sexuality, family structures, and kinship? Ho do urban and rural spaces and their imaginaries reflect and shape cultural assumptions about "normal" bodies? How do nations, nationalism, settler-colonial spaces, and transnationalism's shape ideas about sexuality at the level of population? How do migration and mobility practices across multiple borders affect sexual and gendered subjectivities? What spaces of resistance are queer people cultivating? As we ask these questions, we will necessarily be asking larger ones: How is knowledge and power wrapped up in how we organize and make meaning from different spaces?

CSQS 207/307 Transnational IntimaciesThis course engages with contemporary queer and feminist debates concerning sex, gender, and sexuality in the context of intricately connected, transnational social worlds. Trans-nationalism is often framed as a relatively ‘new' phenomenon in human history, one that has only recently emerged as a result of globalization and the increasing movements of people, animals, goods, and services across national borders since the 1990s. Such large-scale movements are commonly theorized in terms of political economy - that is, as ‘flows' and ‘circulations' driven by capitalist logic and framed as potential security problems to be governed by nation-state institutions, supranational organizations, and non-governmental organizations alike. Yet, anti-colonial, anti-racist, and feminist queer scholarship reveals that those aspects of life that we typically understand as most ‘intimate' or ‘private' - our bodies, feelings, and desires - have been/are profoundly shaped through long and entangled transnational histories and geographies of power. Drawing on transnational and decolonizing queer epistemologies, this course invites students to analyze the affective dimensions of contemporary configurations of power as they cohere around practices of kinship, citizenship, mobility and belonging. Through a series of case studies, including CSQSQ migration, transnational adoption, medical and reproductive tourism, sex tourism and the mail-order bride industry, we will explore the central questions of the course: What are the relationships between intimacy, love, and transnational social processes? How do histories and geographies of power shape contemporary formations of belonging, mobility, and identity? How do these questions impact how we think about and conceptualize CSQS identities, communities and social movements?

CSQS 209 Queer of Color CritiqueQueer of color critique explores the relationships between embodiment, social location and knowledge production by examining how the confluence of race, sexuality, and gender operate to create unique forms of social inequality in the context of nation and capitalism. Focusing on how queer people of color have used theory as a survival tool, discursive intervention and platform for social justice, students will examine how and why specific social inequalities exist in contemporary U.S. culture. Dis-identifying with the unity of terms such as "people of color," this course interrogates the specific circumstances affecting the production of theory by a diverse set of racial groups within the U.S. context while centering an understanding of cultural difference as inherently inflected by sexuality and gender.

CSQS 251 Sexuality, Power and Creativity in Russian Literature (In translation) In the 20th century, Russia's "other voices" continued to express the souls and spirit of individual men and women, but now under the profound impact of historical events from revolution and world wars through glasnost, perestroika, and the post-Soviet transition. Witnessing and experiencing great suffering, these heroic writers could neither remain silent under censorship nor write the socialist realist propaganda dictated by the Soviet government. Topics include Russian perceptions of male/female, masculinity/femininity; the female voice; the tension between poet and muse; gender bending; understandings of sexuality in the early Soviet period; the breaking of sexual mores during Glasnost; and how current Russian debates on gender and sexuality cite and relate to this cultural heritage. Open to students of all levels; first-years by permission. (Offered every three years)

CSQS 302 Trans*StudiesThrough a focus on the tensions between feminist, queer, and trans theory and activism, this course explores the burgeoning academic field of Trans Studies. The course opens with the infamous debates between some lesbian and radical feminists and trans scholars, activists, and artists around femininity and "authentic" womanhood beginning in the late 1970s. From there, we move into the "border wars" between queer and trans scholars that unfolded around the question of masculinity in the late 1990s. We then turn our focus to contemporary activism and scholarship that might be described as distinctively "trans*feminist." This part of the course explores trans*feminist approaches to anti-Black racism, decolonizing/indigenous/two-spirit activism, prisons, shelters, and sex work. In conclusion, we reflect upon the recent institutionalization of Trans Studies to (re)consider the resonances in political investment that run across the interrelated fields of feminist, queer, and trans studies.

CSQS 310 Queer Theory and Methods: This course functions as an inquiry into the processes of knowledge production and interdisciplinary queer scholarship within and beyond the university context. Through collaborative participation in weekly reading-based seminars, students will develop a more nuanced understanding of the stakes and challenges of queer research in the interdisciplinary context of critical race, gender, sexuality, citizenship, and (dis)ability studies as insurgent forms of knowledge production. What does it mean to 'do' queer theory? What specific questions, methods of inquiry, and objects of analysis constitute queer scholarship? How do queer theory and methods open space to challenge, intervene in, and transform state- and race- making processes? As a 300-level interdisciplinary seminar, we will be working on developing the kinds of questions students wish to pursue over the course of our semester together. As such, we will be focused on practical questions of research design, modes and genres of knowledge production, as well as broader theoretical questions regarding the transformative force of Queer Theory. In addition to tracing competing and converging genealogies of queer theory, we will also be workshopping and discussing how Queer Theory and Methods applies to, shapes, and informs student work in progress. The questions students are pursuing will help to shape the readings and other texts we will study together in the latter weeks of the course.

CSQS 403 Capstone: Queer TheoryThis senior seminar is a culminating experience for the major, requiring majors to engage in a sustained research/praxis project which brings together queer methods and theories and applies them to a socially engaged context. Students will also be exposed to the most recent debates and developments in the field, and be asked to situate their work in this context. Professional development will also be emphasized by bringing majors together to form community and intellectual exchange, preparing them to enter into a wider job market and/or graduate level studies with a no-traditional major.

CSQS 450 Independent Study

CSQS 456 1/2 Credit Independent Study

CSQS 495 Honors