CES 257 Queer Studies • 5 Cr.


Explore social and historical issues facing queer and LGBTQ people in the U.S. Through analysis of queer literature, art, history, pop culture, and activism, we will examine the ways that sex, gender, and sexual orientation are not just private experiences or categories but larger social issues tied to political, legal, economic, and cultural power and inequality. Satisfies either Social Science or Humanities credit.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Critically examine and reflect upon how heterosexism and cissexism are institutionalized in American society.
  • Apply key concepts and theories of queer and LGBTQ studies to a broad spectrum of historical, political, and social issues.
  • Analyze the ways queerness functions in one's everyday experiences and how queer identity is also impacted by race, ethnicity, class, gender, and ability¬†