Queer Studies (Minor)

Queer Studies (Minor)
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What is queer studies?

Queer studies is an interdisciplinary minor that invites you to explore basic questions about gender,sexual identities and social justice while examining the diverse experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and allied people in various cultures and communities as well as across historical eras. The intersection of gender and sexuality with race and ethnicity, social class, language and disability permeates the curriculum; class topics range from film, sports and fashion to discourse, politics and theory. Combine a minor in queer studies with a major to enhance your understanding of gender and sexuality for a range of careers or graduate studies.

Why study queer studies at UNH?

The queer studies minor will provide you with a sense of community, excellent advising and mentoring,and opportunities to apply what you learn through internships at innovative organizations both on and off campus. The queer studies minor offers you a structured yet flexible undergraduate program on cutting-edge subjects, bridging theory and applied studies, and tailored to your academic or professional interests. The curriculum includes foundational courses and a long list of elective courses across many disciplines, and includes contributions from faculty in a variety of programs.

Potential career areas

  • Arts/music
  • Business
  • Communications/public relations
  • Community organizing/advocacy
  • Education
  • Government and non-governmental organizations
  • Healthcare/public health
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Social work/counseling
  • Sustainability/conservation
  • Writing

Curriculum & Requirements

The queer studies minor provides students with opportunities to research and understand a rapidly growing field whose focus is the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and allied peoples, their histories and cultures. Queer studies is a method of inquiry that explores the role of same-sex desire and constructions of gender across and among cultures and histories. In these classes, students will consider sexualities and genders as identities and social statuses, as categories of knowledge, and as lenses that help to frame how we understand our world. The minor consists of interdisciplinary coursework in queer studies. Students who wish to pursue the queer studies minor should consult with Holly Cashman.

The queer studies minor requires 5 courses (20 credits) from the queer studies course offerings list below. A grade of C- or better is required in all queer studies courses. One pre-approved elective from the electives list below may count toward the minor. Courses taken Pass/Fail may not be used for the minor. No more than 8 credits used to satisfy the requirements for a major may be used for the queer studies minor. If you wish to substitute a different course, consult with a queer studies faculty advisor.

Queer Studies Course Offerings

Please note that additional courses may count. Please visit the program's website for the most up-to-date information.

ANTH 625Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspectives4
ANTH 685Gender, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa4
CMN 697Seminar in Rhetorical Study4
ENGL 693Special Topics in Literature4
HDFS 746Human Sexuality4
HDFS 757/857Race, Class, Gender, and Families4
HIST 497Explorations in Historical Perspectives4
HIST 595Explorations (Only topics Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Europe; Sex and Sexuality in Islamic History)1-4
HIST 665Themes in Women's History4
HUMA 401Introduction to the Humanities4
PSYC 595Applications of Psychology (Research, Field, or Academic Experience)1-4
SOC 520Family4
SOC 570Sexual Behavior4
SW 715/815Affirming Practice with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer+ People4
WS 405Gender, Power and Privilege4
WS 444Trans/Forming Gender4
WS 505Survey in Women's Studies (Only topics Violence Against Women; Gender, Race and Sexuality in Visual Culture)4
WS 632Feminist Thought (depending on instructor)4
WS 795Independent Study (or other departmental designation)1-4
WS 798Colloquium (Only topics Race, Gender, and Representation; Gay Marriage and Kinship; Women in Prison)4

Electives (require program approval and may vary by instructor) 

CMN 567Gender, Race, and Class in the Media4
CMN 697Seminar in Rhetorical Study4
EDUC 705/805Contemporary Educational Perspectives4
ENGL 618Film Theory4
HDFS 545Intimate Relationships and Families4
HUMA 401Introduction to the Humanities4
SOC 570Sexual Behavior4
SOC 697Special Topics (Only topic Women, Health, and Illness)4
SW 840Implications of Race, Culture, and Oppression for Social Work Practice3
WS 401Introduction to Women's Studies4
WS 444ARace Matters4
WS 632Feminist Thought4
WS 796Advanced Topics4
WS 797Internship4
WS 798Colloquium (Only topic Violence Against Women/Activism)4


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