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Queer Studies

Hampshire College
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus

Program description

Queer Studies

Gender and sexuality are increasingly crucial lenses through which to view the world.

While heavily incorporated into women's studies, gender, being neither stable nor absolute, also lends itself to the study of queer identity. Issues such as straight masculinity, queer femininities, and gay male identity are becoming increasingly important to the study of gender, as is the transgender movement.

Queer studies at Hampshire utilizes gender theory/philosophy, historical analysis, critical race theory, and contemporary critique to further the discourse on queer identity and community, as well as notions of queering heterosexualized relationships and identities. Courses and projects within queer studies focus on the law, family structure, media representations, public health, religion, the arts, cultural studies, sexuality, and biology.

Program content

Sample First-Year Course

Queering the Renaissance

We've always known that Michelangelo was gay and that Henri III, king of France, liked to cross-dress. Recent historical scholarship has shown how homosocial environments such as female convents, male literary academies, or youth associations promoted same-sex relationships. Especially after the re-discovery of the clitoris in the sixteenth-century, debates about hermaphrodites, the seat of lesbian desire, and the usefulness of African clitoridectomy stirred up the medical and political establishment. In the military, cross-dressing was rampant; even evidence of trans-gendering can be found in sixteenth-century Spain. This course will explore issues of self-identity in a period that, to contemporary observers, can seem hauntingly familiar and irrevocably foreign at the same time.

Sample Courses at Hampshire

  • Bodies and Souls in History
  • Commodities of Desire: Gendered Signs, Racialized Representations, and Pop Culture
  • Creating Families
  • Equal Protection of the Laws: Gender, Sex, and Race Discrimination in America
  • Family, Gender, Power
  • Feminist Fictions
  • Gendered Identities in Music and Narrative Gifts, Sex and Commodities
  • Identity Beyond Identity Politics
  • Legal Construction of Sex, Marriage, and the Family
  • Living for Tomorrow I: Cultural Contestations, Gender Politics, and the AIDS Epidemic
  • Love, Sex, and Death
  • Queer Cultures
  • Queer Fictions of Race
  • Queering the Renaissance
  • Queer Publics
  • Race, Sexuality, and the Transnational

Through the Consortium

  • Gender, Sexuality, Literature, and Culture (UMass)
  • Intro to Queer Theory (MHC)
  • LGBT History in the U.S. (SC)
  • The Politics of Sexuality in Muslim Contexts: From Colonial Discourses to Queer Activism (MHC)
  • Queering American Literature (UMass)
  • Queer Looks: Gender, Sexuality, and Film (SC)
  • Representing Queerness (SC)
  • Sexuality and Women's Writing (MHC)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees per semester: $25,500

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Hampshire College

Hampshire College is a small liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts that has been at the forefront of progressive higher education in the United States for over 50 years. Every Hampshire student designs a customized program of study in...

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West Street
01002 Amherst Massachusetts
United States of America

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