Western provides rich opportunities to study topics of sexuality and gender and their intersections with race, nationality, class, ability, and other aspects of identity and experience. In addition to courses of study in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Queer Studies programs, courses across multiple disciplines offer paths for inquiry into LGBTQ+ topics.
The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program draws on interdisciplinary research and teaching to analyze the formation of sex, gender, and sexuality as they intersect with race, class, ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, and ability. The WGSS program encourages theory and praxis that critically considers global and local communities in efforts to revise, re-envision, and reimagine social change. Students may choose to major or minor in WGSS.
Students interested in the WGSS major or minor are encouraged to contact:
Dr. Vicki Hsueh
Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
The interdisciplinary Queer Studies minor, within American Cultural Studies, explores LGBTQ+ contributions to history, culture, literature, and politics. Students are able to tailor the minor to their specific interests.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Raine Dozier
Professor of Human Services
Courses across programs and departments
Courses across disciplines exploring topics of sexuality and gender include:
Advanced Seminar in Critical Race Feminist and Queer Studies (AMST 410)
Early Modern Art Gender and Sexuality (A/HI 497P)
Education and Social Justice (ESJ 411)
Queer Politics (PLSC 321)
Gender, Sexuality and Human Services (HSP 371)
Queer Literature (ENG 227)
Trans* Lives (HSP 371)
Women, Gender, & Sexuality in African History (HIST 369)