"Part of my duties...is to advise our human resources group on issues, concerns, and needs of the LGBT community here at Herman Miller. I see a real advantage for a business major, particularly one interested in HR, having a deeper understanding of a constituency that many companies are actively recruiting and supporting."
-Rick Westra, Product Specialiast, Herman Miller (Zeeland, MI)
Students who minor in LGBT studies must complete 21 credits. The following three courses are required:
- WGS 224: Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
Introduces LGBTQ histories, cultures and theoretical perspectives in the context of race, class, gender, sexuality, age, religion, ability, and nation. Topics include: literary and artistic expression, biological investigations, health matters, policy and politics, community life, and other issues relevant to studying gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer life. Offered fall and winter semesters.
- WGS 365: Queer Theory
Engages in an interdisciplinary examination of theoretical approaches to sexuality and gender. Focuses on contemporary queer theory, including its historical development. Offered winter semester.
Prerequisites: WGS 200 or WGS 224
- WGS 491: Contemporary Theory and Practicum
Examination and application of contemporary feminist, gender, and queer theory. Includes student-designed practicum which might be an internship, case study, or activist project. Final paper locates student-designed practicum within contemporary feminist, gender, and queer theory. Offered fall semester.
Prerequisite: WGS 360 or WGS 365.
Students must complete four of the following minor elective courses:
- ANT 370: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Gender
Examines gender as a fundamental organizing theme of culture. Also emphasizes the sociocultural basis for gender differences using a cross-cultural and comparative approach. Discusses how gender relations affect all other aspects of human life. Fulfills one of the Issues/Themes requirements. Offered winter semester.
Prerequisite: ANT 204 or ANT 206.
- BIO 325: Human Sexuality
Introduction to the biological dimensions of human sexuality from physiological, ecological, and evolutionary perspectives. Fulfills one of the Issues/Themes requirements. (3-0-0) Offered every semester.
- HST 371: Historical Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality
Variable topics centering on the history of gender and sexuality. Topics include historical understandings of gender identity and sexual orientation and may vary by region and era. May be repeated if content varies. Fulfills one of the Issues/Themes requirements. Offered fall and winter semesters.
Prerequisite: Completion of Historical Perspectives Foundation, or junior standing.
- LIB 325: LGBTQ Identities
This interdisciplinary course draws on scholarship in the fields of sociology, literature, history, anthropology, LGBTQ, cultural, and gender studies in order to teach students about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer complex identities (identity formation and development), identifications, and the social, political, historical, and cultural problems underpinning these constructions. Part of the Identity Issue. Offered once a year.
Prerequisite: Junior standing.
- SOC 379: Sociology of Love
An investigation of love from a sociological perspective, including the following: the social construction of love, love and intimacy in relation to the social construction of gender and sexualities, and cross-cultural comparisons. Fulfills one of the Issues/Themes requirements. Offered fall semester.
Prerequisite: Junior standing.
- SOC 381: Class, Race, Gender, and Sexuality
Studies the meaning of difference in contemporary society. Focus on the interplay of structure and agency in relation to class, race, gender, and sexuality regarding life opportunity, privilege, and inequality. Fulfills Cultures - U.S. Diversity. Fulfills one of the Issues/Themes requirements. Offered fall and winter semesters.
Prerequisite: SOC 201 or SOC 280 or SOC 205.
WGS 310: Sexual Orientation and the Law
An examination of legal and policy issues relating to sexual orientation including topics relating to constitutional law, criminal law, family law, and employment law. Fulfills one of the Issues/Themes requirements. Offered winter semester.
- WGS 315: Psychology of Sex Differences
A critical examination of the psychological research regarding purported mental, emotional, and behavioral differences between women and men, theories of the development of gender identity, and the etiology of differences. Issues discussed will include the construction of difference and the cultural and ideological uses of the rhetorics of difference. Offered every academic year.
- WGS 316: Psychology of Human Intimacy and Sexuality
A comparative analysis of sexual practices, reproductive strategies, and intimate relationships using competing viewpoints (e.g., cultural psychology and evolutionary psychology). Topics may include comparing dating and cohabiting; married and gay and lesbian couples; factors in relationship stability and divorce; and the social control of sexuality and reproduction. Offered every academic year.
Prerequisite: PSY 101.
WGS 336: Lesbian, Gay, Queer Literature
This interdisciplinary course makes use of literary, historical, and social scientific theories and methods in an in-depth study of lesbian, gay and queer literature with attention to historical and cultural context. Literature may include literary classics, pulp fiction, postcolonial literature, feminist fiction and postmodern narratives. Offered winter semester of even-numbered years.
WGS 399: Independent Readings
Independent supervised readings in selected topics. Offered every semester.
Prerequisite: Permission of program coordinator.
Credits: 1 to 3
WGS 490: WGS Internship
Work experience in the community relating practical training and independent study in a specialized area, initiated by the student, who prepares a proposal in consultation with a faculty advisor and a work site supervisor. The student submits a final report. 50 hours internship/credit hour. Offered every semester.
Prerequisite: 12 hours of WGS coursework.