Gay and Lesbian Studies Overview

Marilyn Reizbaum, Program Director

Glynis Wears-Siegel, Program Coordinator

Contributing Faculty: Susan Bell, Aviva Briefel, David Collings, Sarah O’Brien Conly**, Guy Mark Foster†, Celeste Goodridge, David Hecht, Aaron Kitch, Matthew W. Klingle, Elizabeth Pritchard, Marilyn Reizbaum, Nancy E. Riley, Jill S. Smith†, Birgit Tautz, Krista E. Van Vleet, William Watterson*, Tricia Welsch

The interdisciplinary Gay and Lesbian Studies Program coordinates courses that incorporate research on sexuality, particularly on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Drawing on a variety of approaches in several disciplines, such as queer theory and the history of sexuality, the program examines constructions of sexuality in institutions of knowledge, in aesthetic representation, and in modes of social practice, examining the question of sexual identity and performance across cultures and historical periods.

Requirements for the Minor in Gay and Lesbian Studies

The minor consists of five courses: Gay and Lesbian Studies 2001 {201} and four other courses from the offerings listed below, some of which will change with every academic year. Among the latter four courses, at least one must come from the social sciences and at least one from the arts and humanities division, and no more than two courses may come from any single department. Only one independent study may be counted toward the minor. Students must earn a grade of C- or better in order to have a course count toward the minor.