As an academic discipline,
LGBTQ Studies examines:
• the history of queerness,
• the politics of sexual oppression and empowerment,
• the relationship of sexual identity (for example racial, national, and ethnic),
• the representation of sexualities in music, literature, art,
• and the meaning of queerness in individual identity and the examined life.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder is an interdisciplinary program encompassing more than 20 courses in a dozen departments. LGBTQ Studies involves the academic investigation of sexuality in established fields such as literature, history, theatre, law, medicine, economics, sociology, anthropology and political science. With its interdisciplinary approach, LGBTQ Studies interweaves complex theories and analysis into the study of sexuality. Through the certificate program and the guidance of faculty advisors, students are given an opportunity to integrate a wide variety of courses offered in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, to extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of societies and cultures and to relate that understanding to lived experience.
LGBTQ studies is the academic investigation of sexuality in established fields such as literature, history, theatre, law, medicine, economics, sociology, anthropology and political science. By its very nature LGBTQ studies is interdisciplinary.
It encourages students to think across established disciplines in order to understand the meaning of sexuality in society. For example, some courses ask for sociological or theoretical questions about the production of sexual norms. How is heteronormativity constructed and maintained in society? How are rubrics critiqued?
Other courses ask historical questions about the specificity of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender lives. How have queer communities evolved over time? What is the meaning of same-sex sexuality in a global context?
LGBTQ studies programs have developed at universities across the country and around the world to expand our knowledge and understanding of sexuality and desire.