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Queer Studies|Department of Gender and Women's Studies

Welcome to Queer Studies!

The Queer Studies program at UW was approved in 2011. The minor draws 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 across campus majoring in the social sciences, education, humanities, biological sciences and the arts can enhance their areas of specialization with the Queer Studies minor. 


The undergraduate minor will require 18 credit hours, courses listed below.  The core class for the undergraduate minor, WMST 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.  With 15 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. To claim 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, courses listed below. The core class for the graduate minor, ENGL 5000 – 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 QS advisor, develop a capstone experience. This latter requirement can be met through completion of a thesis/dissertation with approved QS related-content, a research-type project, or an advanced service learning project. To claim this minor, complete the Change of Major form ( and submit it to the registrar.


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


FOR MORE INFO and to ENROLL:  contact Dr. Connolly  Ross Hall 121.  766-3455.


Example Elective Courses Acceptable for the Program:

  • AMST 4500 Popular Music and Sexuality
  • EDEL 3645 Methods of Teaching – GLBT Focus
  • EDCI 5600 Diversity in Education
  • ENGL 2020 Intro to Literature – GLBT Focus
  • ENGL 4640/5000 Queer Theory
  • FCSC 2133 Marriage and Intimate Relationships
  • PHIL 3000 Topics in Sex, Love, and Philosophy
  • PSYC 4820 Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • WMST 4500 Topics classes including: Sexuality and Law, Queer Literature
  • WMST 4520 Gender and Sexuality in Postcolonial Writing
  •  WMST 4970/5970 Internship
  • WMST 4975/5975 Independent Studies



Fall 2014

  • WMST 2000 Intro to LGBTQ/NS Studies, Dr. Catherine Connolly, Nathaniel Smith
  • WMST 3710 Gender & Humanitites, Dr. Colleen Denney
  • WMST 4200 Gender, Race, and Economics, Dr. Chian Jones Ritten
  • WMST 4233 Race Gender Ethnicity Media, Dr. Tracey Patton
  • WMST 4650 Gender, Women & Migration, Dr. Lilia Soto
  • Independent Studies, Practicums, Internships, and Cognate Courses also available.

Advisory Committee

Cathy Connolly, Professor, Gender and Women’s Studies. Chair.

Ed Janak, Associate Professor, Educational Studies

Emily Hind, Associate Professor, Modern and Classical Languages

Ulrich Adelt, Assistant Professor, American Studies

Susanna Goodin, Associate Professor and Chair, Philosophy

Beth Loffreda, Associate Professor and Chair, MFA Program-English

Christine Boggs, Assistant Professor, Outreach

Rachel Watson, Associate Academic Professional, Microbiology

Nicole Quackenbush, Assistant Professor, English

Dolores Cardona, Associate Dean, Student Services

Danielle Pafunda, Assistant Professor, English

Aurora Chang, Assistant Professor, Educational Studies


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