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Queer Studies

Gender and Women's Studies Program

Welcome to Queer Studies!

The Queer Studies program at UW was approved in 2011. The minors draw upon the strengths of various departments to introduce both undergraduate and graduate students to the history, theory, and practice of the study of sexuality with an emphasis on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer lives.

Courses encourage interdisciplinary thinking about the theoretical, historical and contemporary issues related to sexuality. Students with diverse primary interest areas may enhance their liberal arts education with a Queer Studies Minor. 


The undergraduate minor requires 18 credit hours, with sample courses listed below.  The core class for the undergraduate minor, GWST 2000 - Introduction to LGBTQ/NS Studies introduces students to the field of new sexuality studies, with an emphasis on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer lives.  It lays the foundation for analysis of evidence regarding sexuality. Students must also complete the capstone course GWST 4430 - Queer Theory. With 12 hours of subsequent elective course work and the completion of the minor, undergraduate students meet the following interrelated academic goals:  to identify and demonstrate knowledge of the significant contributions of LGBTQ+ peoples in America and in the world; to demonstrate knowledge about the social construction of sexuality; to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of sexuality to current and historical issues, societies, and people, and to demonstrate the acquisition of skills to think and to write critically about issues of sexuality. Students are required to present their capstone project at Undergraduate Research Day.

Use this link visit the Queer Studies Minor in the UW Catalog

To declare this minor, complete the Change of Major form and submit it to the registrar.


The graduate minor requires the completion of 12 hours of course work, with sample courses listed below. The core class for the graduate minor, GWST 5430 - Queer Theory, introduces students to the intellectual lens to evaluate the messages regarding gender and sexuality of many institutions and the ways in which some actual experiences fall out of line with those norms. Graduate students completing the minor will demonstrate the ability to conduct interdisciplinary analysis, research and/or creative work regarding sexuality and/or sexual minorities; demonstrate the ability to critique ideological assumptions regarding sexuality and/or sexual minorities; and demonstrate an understanding of the status of LGBTQ+ people in a variety of historical and contemporary settings.  Students completing the graduate minor will, in consultation with a Queer Studies advisor, develop a capstone experience. This latter requirement can be met through completion of a thesis/dissertation with approved Queer Studies related-content, a research-type project, or an advanced service learning project. 

Use this link visit the Queer Studies Graduate Minor in the UW Catalog

To declare the graduate minor, complete the Change of Major form and submit it to the registrar. Please work with the program director to identify a faculty mentor and develop a course plan.


An interdisciplinary Queer Studies Advisory Committee administers the Queer Studies Minor, which is housed in the Gender and Women’s Studies program.


Rachel Watson,, (307) 314-9636

Example Elective Courses Acceptable for the Program:

  • ENGL 2020 Intro to Literature (Queer Studies focus)
  • FCSC 2133 Intimate Relationships
  • PHIL 3000 Topics in Sex, Love, and Philosophy
  • GWST 3400 Pop Music & Sexualities
  • GWST 4500 Topics Classes (Queer Studies focus)
  • AMST 4500 Popular Music and Sexuality
  • PSYC 4820 Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • EDCI 4050/5050 Minority Sexual/Gender Identity Issues in Education
  • GWST 4440/5440: Queer Life through Memoir
  • GWST 4610/5610: Race, Rurality, and US Politics
  • GWST 4970/5970 Internship
  • GWST 4975/5975 Independent Studies
  • EDCI 5600 Diversity in Education
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