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Queer Studies Minor


The Queer Studies (QS) minor is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary program whose goal is the study of sexuality as a complex historical and cultural formation. Rather than understand sexuality as merely a feature of private intimacy or as a result of unchanging biological forces, the QS minor approaches the study of sexuality in relation to the social construction of gender, race, ability, class, and citizenship.

As a program committed to critical thinking and social analysis, the QS minor introduces students not only to the complex histories, cultures, political activities, and expressions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, but it also raises questions about larger social and institutional formations. For instance, QS is particularly interested in the assumptions, language, and power of science, medicine, law, and religion to explain and regulate sexuality and the social relations based on it. In this way, QS places emphasis on the knowledge and activism generated by sexual minorities, as it explores the social construction of sexual identities and their connections to practices and discourses accepted as normal. Queer Studies focuses on the social and political forces shaping norms (particularly those pertaining to sexuality, gender expression, and family formation) and conversely how these norms come to be challenged either through their own internal contradictions or through pointed interventions of activists seeking social justice.

How to Declare

  1. If you would like to talk to a professor for advising first, please see our faculty page and come to the open office hours for any listed professor.
  2. Visit the WGS office, HEN 315, and pick up our Major-Minor Declaration Form (it is on the wall outside the office door). Fill out the top portion and return to any of the office staff.
  3. Look for a confirmation email in your uoregon account and for the minor requirements to appear on your degree audit in DuckWeb.


Specfic Courses 4
WGS 201 Introduction to Queer Studies 4
Electives 20
Approved upper-division courses with WGS or other subject code 16
Total Credits 24

Other stipulations

  • All students will be required to satisfactorily complete (grade of C-/P or better) 24 credit hours of course work in Queer Studies approved by the Queer Studies Steering Committee
  • A minimum of 16 credit hours must be graded
  • 16 credit hours must be earned at the University of Oregon
  • No more than 8 credits may count toward both the minor and the student’s major
  • Students may have up to 8 credit hours from pre-approved courses from another University or approved overseas programs
  • Transfer credits from other universities will be considered on an individual basis, following existing procedures in appropriate departments for determining their equivalence to University of Oregon courses.