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Arts and Humanities 

The arts and humanities courses at Queer University focus on analyzing human culture and the human experience. We will offer courses in English, theater, history, gender studies, LGBTQ studies, art history, religion, and philosophy that center LGBTQ perspectives and the queer lens for categorical analysis.

Sample of classes


Gender Studies

Sexuality Studies

Art History


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Dr. Marie Cartier 


Course description coming soon. 

Introduction to LGBTQ studies course

Dr. Has Arakel

This course is an introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Plus (LGBTQ+) Studies, and examines LGBTQ+ Studies as an interdisciplinary field. The plus-sign is included in recognition that “LGBTQ” does not include everyone marginalized for their gender or sexuality, e.g. intersex individuals, asexual/aromantic people, pansexual/panromantic people, etc. Language and identities are always evolving. In particular, the course takes up the influences of history, politics, law, media, and healthcare as they relate to the LGBTQ+ community. Throughout this course, students work toward a deeper understanding of the intersectional dynamics of privilege and oppression as significant LGBTQ+ issues.

By the end of this course, it is my hope that students will: 

Read critically a variety of primary and secondary, interdisciplinary, multicultural "texts" (essays, literature, visual art, film, music) about LGBTQ+ history, politics, activism, literature, arts, and media, and think critically and creatively about these works.


  1. Develop necessary vocabulary for discussing LGBTQ+ people and issues, with an understanding of how language can reinforce or challenge social norms.

    Recognize how gender and sexuality intersect with other identities such as race, ethnicity, ability, age, economic class, etc. and explore how a person’s experiences are shaped by their identities and group memberships.

    Summarize the histories and experiences LGBTQ+ people, as well as other oppressed ethnic, class, and gender minority groups in the United States, and discuss their contributions to the development of American society.

    Gain general knowledge about the history and presence of LGBTQ+ communities and activism in the United States, and develop an awareness of both coalitions and divisions within the LGBTQ+ “umbrella.”

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Sexuality Studies

Course description coming soon. 

LGBTQ+ Theater: Queer Theatre

The LGBTQ+ Theater course is a vibrant exploration of the rich and diverse world of LGBTQ+ stories and voices in the performing arts. In this dynamic class, participants will delve into the history, theory, and practice of LGBTQ+ theater, examining influential works, playwrights, actors, and directors who have shaped the theatrical landscape. Whether you're an aspiring actor, playwright, theater enthusiast, or simply interested in LGBTQ+ representation in the arts, this course offers an engaging and inclusive journey through the world of LGBTQ+ theater.

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LGBTQ+ Theater:

Examine how LGBTQ+ theater explores various aspects of identity, including gender, sexuality, race, and intersectionality.

Gain insights into acting and performance techniques for portraying LGBTQ+ characters authentically.

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Gender Studies

Dr. Conti

Course description coming soon. 

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Join us as we embark on this educational journey together. At Queer University, we are dedicated to providing our students with a unique and transformative learning experience. Our courses and programs are designed to challenge our students intellectually, and to foster a deep understanding of social justice issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. We believe that education is an essential tool for change, and we are excited to see how our students will use their learning to create a more equitable and inclusive world.

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