Studies in Sexualities is an interdisciplinary program that takes as axiomatic that sexuality always is inflected with and shaped by its intersections with categories of race, class, and gender, as well as geography and history. It depends upon feminist analysis as well as the contributions of lesbian, gay, transgender and transexual studies and on queer theory (an enterprise sometimes abbreviated as LBGQT).
Faculty affiliated with Studies in Sexualities offer expertise in a range of humanistic and social scientific disciplines. The Department of Women¿s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers with regularity an introductory undergraduate course in Studies in Sexualities, as well as undergraduate and graduate seminars in Queer Theory; these are supplemented with a variety of course offerings from a number of departments that vary from semester to semester.
The program also sponsors an ongoing series of lectures, colloquia, and seminars. An annual interdisciplinary graduate student conference is a valued feature of the program. Studies in Sexualities co-sponsors the annual Emilia Navarro Memorial lecture and underwrites the LGBT Essay Contest administered by the Office of LGBT Life.