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Gender and Sexuality Studies Courses

General Course Listings

Sub CRSE Title
AFR 250 Black Women in Contemporary Performance
AFR 300 Afro-Cuban Feminisms (=LAS 300)
ANT 219 Reproduction and Childrearing: Biology and Culture
ANT 319 Contradictions in Contemporary Motherhood: Culture, Biomedicine, Political Economy
ANT 343 Feminist Anthropology
ANT 371 Ethnographic Writing and Research
ANT 372 Visualizing Anthropology
ANT 377 Imaging the Earth
ANT 386 Seminars in Anthropology: Feminist Anthropology
ARB 250 Gender and Sexuality in the Middle East
ARB 340 Gender and Politics in Contemporary Syrian Literature
ARB 341 Gender Studies in the Arab World
ART 222 Painted Women, Women Painting
BIO 233 Behavioral Ecology
BIO 360 Biology of HIV/AIDS
BIO 362 Issues in Reproductive Medicine
CHI 207 Engendering Chinese Cinema
CHI 226 In the Name of Religion: Love and Gender in Chinese Fiction and Film
COM 218 Gendered Communication in Society (= SOC 218)
DAN 282 Dance, Gender, & Sexuality
DIG 340 Gender and Technology
ECO 105 Statistics and Basic Econometrics
ECO 205 Econometrics
EDU 260 Oppression & Education (=SOC 260)
ENG 110 Course list for Introduction to Literature
ENG 220 Literary Analysis
ENG 242 Women's Work: 21st Century Female Playwrights (=THE 242)
ENG 271 Disability in Literature and Art
ENG 288 Contemporary American Multicultural Drama
ENG 294 Harlem Renaissance
ENG 295 Women Writers
ENG 363 History of the Novel
ENG 373 "Terrible Beauty": Yeats and Modern Poetry
ENG 388 Contemporary Theatre
ENG 391 Literary Criticism
ENG 394 Studies in Modern Literature: The Avant-Garde (Fall 2017)
ENG 409 Television: Queer Representations (=GSS 401)
ENG 472 Seminar A: Gossip or B: Twenty-First-Century British Literature or C: Joyce/Nabokov
ENG 495 Seminar: Cleopatra
FMS 220 Introduction to Film and Media Studies
FRE 220 Literature and Madness
FRE 223 Childhood and Youth
FRE 320 Husbands, Wives, and Lovers
GSS 101 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
Prerequisites & Notes

Boyer, Fackler, Gonzalez, Horowitz, Tilburg

This class provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the analytical tools, key scholarly debates, history, and research subfields of gender and sexuality studies. It pays particular attention to the construction and deployment of gender as a cultural category across various social institutions. Students will learn to assess and analyze documents pertaining to the history of and contemporary state of feminisms and women's rights, masculinity, queer theory, disability studies, body image and consumer culture, intersectionality, as well as a host of gendered questions related to health, work, the family, violence, and politics.

Satisfies Liberal Studies distribution requirement.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

GSS 201 Feminist and Queer Theories
Prerequisites & Notes

Tilburg, Boyer, Horowitz

This class explores the epistemological and theoretical foundations of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Students will become familiarized with the different theoretical traditions that inform contemporary gender analysis, and examine scholarly definitions of gender and sexuality. We discuss the means by which gender and sexuality are produced and reproduced at the individual and institutional levels, their intersection with other dimensions of social difference, as well as various related approaches to and interpretations of equality, justice, and freedom.

Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

GSS 220 Topics in Queer Studies
Prerequisites & Notes


This course provides an introduction to the field of queer studies by way of a specialized topic. Course content and emphasis will vary with instructor, but sample topics include queer theories, queer of color critiques, queer popular culture, transgender studies, and queer activism.


Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies - content course for society and politics of trade.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies-elective.
Satisfies Liberal Studies requirement


GSS 292 Queer Russia (=RUS 292)
Prerequisites & Notes


Russia is accustomed to playing the role of the "evil empire." The current ongoing war in Ukraine has resurrected the Cold War-era narratives about Russia as a dark, aggressive, and ruthless military power. The notorious legislation of recent years-whose functions range from barring Americans from adopting Russian orphans to criminalizing the so-called "gay propaganda"-have further solidified Russia's reputation as a country with little regard for human rights. Yet generations of Russian poets, artists, and writers have transformed the country's systematic oppression and violence into spectacular forms of protest and self-expression. This course focuses on gender and sexuality in exploring an alternative cultural history of Russia, which highlights its queer legacy from the nineteenth century to the present. We will examine poetry, fiction, art, memoirs, plays, films, performances, and discursive texts that showcase uniquely Russian conceptions of marriage, gender relations, gender expression, and sexual identity. Attention will be paid to the ways in which Russian and Western narratives of queerness align and diverge. In English. No knowledge of Russian is required or expected.

Satisfies major and minor requirements in Russian Studies and Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies Literary Studies, Creative Writing and Rhetoric requirement.

GSS 321 Sex Outside the City
Prerequisites & Notes


Since the early 1990s, many queer theorists have reasserted the centrality of western cities to the formation of queer subjectivities. But more recent scholarship has challenged this assumption, suggesting that not only have LGBTQ identities historically developed in suburban, rural, and non-western locales, but that the dominant urban narrative reinforces white, upper-class maleness as the norm of queer life. This course examines the ways in which space is queered and queerness emerges in response to metropolitan, non-metropolitan, Western, and non-Western space. We will examine the queer convergence of the public and the private, the processes by which space is simultaneously raced and gendered, the relationship between sexuality and built environments, and the role of capitalism and neoliberalism in producing queer individuals and networks.

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies -Histories and Geneologies Track.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies - elective.
Satisfies liberal studies requirement.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement

GSS 324 Sex, Law, Modernity (= HIS 324)
Prerequisites & Notes

Boyer, Tilburg

This course, team-taught by a historian of European gender and a legal and literary scholar of the Hispanic world, will introduce students to the ways that early modern and modern Western societies have intervened in and defined categories of illicit sexual desire, identity, and conduct. Modern European states took an abiding interest in regulating what they considered to be disordered and deviant sexual persons- the Homosexual, the Prostitute, the Intersexed. These same states took a marked interest in enforcing public health and hygiene by way of laws targeting private sexual behavior, from birth control to interracial relationships. These interventions expressed sharp anxieties about the character of modern life: urbanization, industrialization, democratization, the rise of the middle classes, empire. The course will combine an interrogation of primary texts from the early modern and modern periods with secondary and theoretical works dealing with history, law, and sexuality.

Satisfies a major requirement in History

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.  Only counted in one track.

Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies  Only counted in one track.

Satisfies a distribution requirement in Historical Thought

GSS 340 Transnational Sexualities Studies
Prerequisites & Notes


This course surveys a number of emerging frameworks for rethinking the concept of queerness from a transnational perspective. Our investigations will move between theory and lived experience, within and across national borders, and will challenge key Western assumptions about sexual development, freedom, identity, and citizenship. We will consider questions such as: To what extent do Western paradigms of sex, gender, and sexuality limit our understanding of non-Western sexual cultures? How does the relationship between sexual practice and sexual identity shift across cultures? How do tourists and migrants negotiate, adapt, and remake sexual discourses and economies as they move in and through new spaces? How has the legacy of colonialism shaped and been shaped by sexual practice? How is sexuality used to articulate national, racial, class, and ethnic identities?

Satisfies a requirement in the Gender and Sexuality Studies major and minor.
Satisfies Social-Scientific Thought requirement.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

GSS 341 Race, Gender & Sexuality in Asian American Literature and Film
Prerequisites & Notes


This course introduces critical race theory and issues of gender and sexuality specific to Asian American context, using literature, film and media, and art and performance. We will explore problems of identity and citizenship, class and labor history, model minority discourse, sexual politics as well as intersection of gender and Asianness, and locate ways in which contemporary Asian America literature and film respond to these issues: how they critique and reinvent traditional ideas about Asian American culture. Furthermore, this course will pay special attention to transnational discourses (e.g. history of immigration, generational conflicts, border-defying transnational experiences and questioning the problematic "national identity") within Asian American experience, and how gender and sexuality intersect with such discourses. The notions of power, nation, and citizenship in relationship to gender and sexuality are important in this course as we will be asking how gender-conscious and queer Asian American cultural productions may intercept the traditional US thinking on citizenship and racial differences, particularly at this time in our national history. Finally, this course will have a film/media focus, which means we will learn intellectual ways to analyze and discuss Asian American film works, and consider dynamic ways in which minority discourses can be productively deployed in art, film, media, and performance activism. The course content will encompass different Asian American experience, including South Asian, East Asian, and Southeast Asian American narratives.

Satisfies a requirement in the Gender and Sexuality Studies Major and Minor. (Literary and Cultural Representations Track)
Satisfies a Diversity requirement in the English Major and Minor.
Satisfies a requirement in the Global Literary Theory Interdisciplinary Major and Minor.
Satisfies a requirement in the East Asian Studies Major and Interdisciplinary Minor.
Satisfies a requirment in the Film and Media Studies interdisciplinary minor.
Satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, & Rhetoric requirement.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

GSS 345 Queer Immigration and Diaspora
Prerequisites & Notes


This course will explore immigration, exile, and diaspora from the perspective of sexuality and queerness, with a focus on Latin American and Asian subjects. We will study basic theory of immigration, globalization, and queerness, and strive to understand problems of citizenship, politics of (not) belonging, affect of exclusion, and narratives of searching home. In order to develop skills of intellectual and critical analysis on the border issues and queer theory, this class will deploy the methods of transnational feminism, ethnic studies, and critical border studies. The course materials include: ethnography, political theory, documentaries and cutting edge works from the field of "immigration and sexuality." Needless to say, this class takes an interdisciplinary approach and postcolonial perspective: course topics cover many different cultural and counter-cultural productions, articulation of power and resistance, theory of belonging and displacement. Furthermore, we will examine important key concepts to study immigration and sexuality, such as affect, intimacy, double identity, loss of citizenship, homonormativity, and inquire how various borders are being crossed while sexual (dis)identification becomes an opening for encounters. Through these works, we will question what it means today to be sexual, ethnic, and national minority simultaneously and how contemporary globalization and transnational economic activities affects ways we live and love.

Satisfies the Visual and Performing Arts requirement.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

GSS 350 Sex Radicals!
Prerequisites & Notes


When we think about queer and feminist politics, we typically think of the processes by which women and LGBT people have effected change through legislation, court cases, and supporting candidates friendly to their causes. But much U.S. queer and feminist thought and activism has taken root outside the bounds of liberal electoral politics. This course centers on the fringes. It surveys the writings of less-palatable political actors: punks, anarchists, communists, anti-capitalists, sex workers, black radicals, and prison abolitionists. In exploring these political genealogies, we will ask: How does the personal constitute the political? What counts as (legitimate) political action according to whom? (How) can social change be effected outside of electoral politics and state institutions? What should be the role of the state in regulating labor and distributing rights and entitlements? What priorities have animated the various radical traditions within queer and feminist thought, and how have they addressed or failed to address race, class, ethnicity, and disability? How have these traditions intersected and diverged? Why have contemporary queer radicals come to focus on issues less obviously connected to gender and sexuality like global capitalism, drone warfare, and police militarization?


Satisfies a requirement for the Gender and Sexuality Studies major and minor. Satisfies a Social-Scientific Thought requirement.
Satisfies a cultural diversity requirement.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

GSS 360 Transgender Studies
Prerequisites & Notes


A political platform, identity, field of study, and more, "transgender" holds many different meanings for different people today.  This course explores the history and present of an expansive sense of trans- transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, and more- through an array of texts, including memoir, fiction, film, television, and scholarly writings.  By thinking trans in these different contexts and through different concepts, trans studies/politics connects to queer studies, explores and challenges "umbrella"-type understandings, and critically interrogates the inheritances that shape trans activisms today.  Topics that focus our work together include histories of sexology and activisms, disability and trans politics, trans people's experiences with prisons and carceral violences, trans people's participation and representation in larger projects for racial justice, environmental justice and trans activisms, and more.

Satisfies a requirement in the Gender and Sexuality Studies major and minor (society and politics track).
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

GSS 390 Sexuality and Public Discourses in the United States
Prerequisites & Notes


This course examines the history of sexuality in the United States from 1642 to the present through the lens of primary documents, analyzed using rhetorical methods.

Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Students entering 2012 and after: satisfies Historical Thought requirement.

GSS 394 Latinx Sexual Dissidence and Guerilla Translation (=LAS 394)
Prerequisites & Notes

Requires permission from the instructor.

Please email Melissa Gonzalez ( if you are interested in this course.


Despite local differences and sociocultural contexts, there are also remarkable convergences in subcultural minority activisms focused on liberation from intersecting oppressions related to sexuality, race, gender, ability, citizenship status, and class in North and South America. In this upper-level bilingual seminar, students will translate guerilla-style-functionally and in a non-literary fashion-texts by activists and cultural producers focused on intersectional sexual dissidence. Working in teams, students will have the opportunity to consult with some of their target texts' authors, and the course's final product will be an online archive of English and Spanish translations of texts related to intersectional, feminist, and queer Latinx American activisms and cultural productions. First, students will study the rhetorics and aesthetic strategies of feminist and queer activist collectives focused on social issues such as immigration, transgender rights, anti-racism, economic equality, anti-speciesim, body positivity, and prison abolition with a pro-pleasure, leftist perspective. Second, students in the course and I will elaborate a list of the principles and goals informing our functional, guerrilla translations. In the third unit, students will work exclusively on the translation projects they have been developing throughout the semester. They will have the opportunities to interview at least one of the authors whose work they are translating. Collectives, authors, and artists from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and the U.S. that we will study include: Colectivo Lemebel; Colectivo Universitario de la Disidencia Sexual (CUDS); TransLatina Coalition; Biblioteca Fragmentada; Lino Arruda; Constanzx Alvarez Castillo; Jorge Díaz; Valeria Flores; Daisy Hernández; Jennicet Gutiérrez; Claudia Rodríguez; Ignacio Rivera; Julio Salgado; and Susy Shock.


Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Satisfies a major requirement in Latin American Studies
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Latin American Studies
Satisfies the Justice, Equality and Community requirement
Satisfies the Literary Thought, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric requirement

GSS 401 Television: Queer Representations (=ENG 409)
Prerequisites & Notes


With its roots in the gendered domestic suburban household, television has a longstanding investment in questions of gender and sexuality. Pushing back against the assumption that LGBTQ characters did not appear on our screens in a sustained way until the 1980s, this course will investigate how TV representations of queer life have changed with the evolution of the medium since the 1950s. Recent work in the field of queer TV studies has unearthed queer characters from previously invisible archives, charted changing conceptions of masculinity and femininity in broadcast programming, and documented the organizational strategies employed by television narrative that disclose and contain expressions of nonnormative sexualities. Indeed, in one of the foundational texts on queer TV, Lynne Joyrich argues that "U.S. television does not simply reflect an already closeted sexuality but actually helps organize sexuality as closeted." Extending Joyrich's line of reasoning, we will seek to understand the dynamics of visibility and invisibility that structure representations of televised queerness. How might we understand the contemporary series Transparent alongside or against the representation of a trans character on All in the Family (1975)? Why might The New Normal, a seemingly positive portrayal of new kinship structures, have failed as a series in 2013? Even as we watch the problematic take on villainous lesbian characters in the Angie Dickinson vehicle, Police Woman ("Flowers of Evil," 1974), we will move beyond diagnoses and critiques of "bad" versus "good" queer representations to acknowledge the pleasures that may attend the viewing of even ideologically corrupt programming. Which shows and episodes became lightening rods for desire despite their failure to produce fully realized queer characters? And what genealogy (or genealogies) of queer TV might take us from the groundbreaking episodes of Ellen ("The Puppy Episode") and Roseanne ("Don't Ask, Don't Tell") in the 1990s to the moment at which a Vanity Fair cover declared that with "Gay-per-view TV" shows like Will and Grace and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, prime time had "come out" (2003)? As we historicize such developments, we will consider the contributions of writer-producers and series creators such as Alan Ball and Ryan Murphy, and analyze a variety of programs from "quality television" to animation, from the sit-com to reality TV, and from sci-fi to the game show.

Satisfies a major requirement in English
Satisfies a minor requirement in English
​Fulfills the Diversity requirement in the English major.
Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Film and Media Studies
Satisfies the Justice, Equality and Community requirement

GSS 403 Latinx Sexual Dissidence
Prerequisites & Notes

Permission of instructor required.


Latinx Sexual Dissidence

Satisfies a requirement in the Latin American Studies major and minor.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

GSS 431 The Science of Sex
Prerequisites & Notes


Contemporary understandings of sex, gender, and sexuality are shaped by a long history of scientific work in fields as diverse as sexology, genetics, phrenology, eugenics, biology, and more. This course traces how these understandings shaped and were shaped by sex, gender, and sexuality. The course begins with early work in the field of feminist science studies, then turns to questions of taxonomy and difference before interrogating the role of nationalisms in sex-related sciences. The class also explores American eugenics, early work in sexology and the study of homosexuality, sex and the brain in the contemporary U.S., problems with sex differentiation, the role of sex in current ecological sciences, assisted reproductive technologies, posthuman bodies, and feminist interventions in technosciences.


Satisfies a major requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Satisfies a minor requirement in Gender and Sexuality Studies

GSS 440 Matters of Life and Death: Biopower, Necropolitics, Sex
Prerequisites & Notes


In this course, we will investigate how definitions of life and death have evolved over the last two centuries and how those definitions have shaped American culture and policy. We will ask who is empowered to make decisions about who lives and who dies and by what authority; what bodies are included and excluded in discussions of bio- and necropolitics; and how gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and religion frame and become framed by matters of life and death.

Satisfies a requirement in the Gender and Sexuality Studies major and minor.
Satisfies the Social-Scientific Thought requirement.
Satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community requirement.

GSS 498 GSS Senior Capstone
Prerequisites & Notes

Horowitz, Kaufman

Senior Capstone in Gender and Sexuality Studies

HIS 225 Women and Work: Gender and Society in Britain, 1700-1918
HIS 228 The Modern Body: Gender, Sex, and Politics in France
HIS 243 Native Women
HIS 244 Settlement of the American West, 1800-1900
HIS 275 Drugs in East Asia
HIS 306 Women and Gender in U.S. History to 1870
HIS 307 Women and Gender in U.S. History Since 1870
HIS 324 Illicit Sexualities: Sex, Law, and Modernity = GSS 324
HIS 336 European Women and Gender, 1650-Present
HIS 364 Race, Sex, Power in Latin America
HIS 378 Love, Longing, & Desire in South Asia
HIS 389 Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Japan
HIS 422 Gender in Early Modern Europe (C. 15th-18th Centuries)
HIS 444 Southern Women, or How to Explain Scarlett and Mammy
HIS 467 Family and Families in African History
HIS 469 Work, Gender, and Political Imagination in Africa
LAS 243 Sex, Drugs, & Money on the Mexico/US Border
LAS 300 Major Thinkers in Africana Studies: Afro-Cuban Feminisms (=AFR 300)
POL 201 Methods and Statistics in Political Science
POL 207 Family and Justice
POL 423 Politics of Reproduction
POL 424 Women in American Politics
PSY 318 Psychological Research-Social
REL 127 Female Resistance in the Old Testament
REL 255 Woman and the Body in the Christian Tradition
REL 301 Perspectives in the Study of Religion
REL 365 Women in American Religion
REL 444 Black and Womanist Theology
RUS 292 Queer Russia (=GSS 292)
SOC 102 Race, Class, Gender & Sexuality
SOC 201 Social Statistics
SOC 217 Gender and Society
SOC 218 Gendered Communication in Society (= COM 218)
SOC 237 Boys and Men in Society
SOC 246 American Families
SOC 260 Oppression & Education (=EDU 260)
SOC 310 Gender, Race, and Sports
SOC 312 Gender, Race and Class in Media
SOC 372 Feminist Theories
SOC 382 Men and Masculinities
SOC 388 Marriage in the Age of Trump
SOC 390 Qualitative Research Methods
SOC 391 Survey Methodology
SOC 488 Fatherhood
SPA 344 Latino Culture in the U.S.
SPA 375 Latin American Women Writers
SPA 403 Latino American Sexualities
SPA 407 Gender and Memory in Television and the Novel
THE 242 Women's Work: 21st Century Female Playwrights (=ENG 242)
THE 383 Contemporary Theatre and Performance: Trends in Theatre Studies