About the Program
The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies offers an innovative interdisciplinary undergraduate minor program in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Studies. LGBT Studies works to establish sexuality as a crucial category of analysis in the humanities and social sciences. It draws on disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, psychology, history, literature, and cultural studies in order to document the extent to which sexuality itself is a complex cultural and historical phenomenon that bears careful examination. Just as Women's Studies, for instance, is not only by, about, and for women, LGBT Studies is not only by, about, or for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people — it includes all humanity in its purview.
A large portion of the energy spent developing this field has been devoted to discovering (and recovering) the history, dynamics, and complexities of same-sex relationships. Both those relationships and their study have had to combat a variety of delegitimizing forces originating from numerous social locations. The study of same-sex relationships within LGBT Studies has intended to provide legitimacy to those kinds of relationships, to the communities of people organized around and involved in those relationships, and to the history of those people and those communities. In working toward this end, the field of LGBT Studies has necessarily worked to theorize the concept, practice, and history of sexuality itself. It has learned to examine the various ways intimacies and sexual experiences are constructed and perceived in different periods, cultures, and social classes. The field of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies both addresses the particularities of the modern forms of sexuality we call lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (forms of sexuality that have only recently been able to claim for themselves the right to serious academic study) and further addresses the phenomenon of sexuality itself in all its historical and cross-cultural diversity.
There is currently no major program in LGBT Studies. Students interested in pursuing studies in this field at the major level should consider the major in Gender and Women's Studies.
Declaring the Minor
To declare the minor, students must fill out the LGBT Minor Worksheet once they have decided to minor in the program. After fulfilling all course requirements, students must complete a Completion of L & S Minor form and submit it to the GWS undergraduate adviser at 608 Barrows Hall.
Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but they are not noted on diplomas.
- All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
- A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
- A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
- Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
- No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
- All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which the student plans to graduate. If students cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, they should see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
- All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)
|LGBT 20AC||Alternative Sexual Identities and Communities in Contemporary American Society 1||4|
|LGBT 145||Interpreting the Queer Past: Methods and Problems in the History of Sexuality||4|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|Cultural Representations of Sexuality |
|Cultural Representations of Sexualities: Queer Literary Culture |
|Cultural Representations of Sexualities: Queer Visual Culture |
|Select one of the following:||4|
|Sexuality, Culture, and Colonialism |
or ANTHRO C147B
|Sexuality, Culture, and Colonialism|
|Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality |
Select two courses from the LGBT/GWS semester course listings or from the following:
|Gender, Sexuality, and Culture in the Ancient World |
|The Biblical Tradition in Western Literature |
|Literature and Sexual Identity |
|Government and the Family |
|Sex, Reproduction and the Law |
|Archaeology of Sex and Gender |
|Language and Gender |
|Special Topics in Psychology |
|Sexual Cultures |
The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies Undergraduate Advising office provides students with the following assistance to help guide them through the academic bureaucracy and hopefully ensure that they have a successful undergraduate experience at Berkeley:
- Counseling regarding their education and GWS courses.
- Declaring the major.
- Assessing their progress in the major.
- Administrative concerns (i.e., course enrollment, Add/Drops, L&S policy).
- Major information, courses, independent studies, honors program, GWS student group.
- Graduate programs and career information and referrals.
The department strives to and is committed to providing a safe, inclusive environment for all students. Students are welcome, feel supported, respected and valued, and receive the ultimate advising experience to ensure academic advancement through the program.
The undergraduate adviser (UA), Althea Grannum Cummings, is located in 608 Barrows Hall and her email address is email@example.com. Her regular office hours are Monday through Friday 9 to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Students should not hesitate to contact her if they need some assistance.
Faculty and Instructors
Paola Bacchetta, Associate Professor. Ethnicity, postcolonial theory, transnational feminist and queer of color theories, theories of the inseparability of gender, theories of the inseparability of sexuality, theories of the inseparability of, theories of the inseparability of class, theories of the inseparability of nation, theories of the inseparability of religion, global political and religious conflict (especially Hindu nationalism and racializations of Muslims and Islam), theories of resistance and transgression, right-wing movements, geographic areas of specialization outside the U.S- India and France.
Mel Y. Chen, Associate Professor. Queer and feminist theory, Disability theory, Critical animal studies, Materiality studies, Cultural politics of race, sexuality, ability, and immigration, Critical linguistics, Paradigms of inter- and transdisciplinarity.
Minoo Moallem, Professor. Transnational and Postcolonial Feminist Studies, cultural studies, Visual and Material Cultures of Religion, Immigration and Diaspora Studies, Middle East Studies, and Iranian Studies.
Laura C. Nelson, Associate Professor. Gender, medicine, and politics, Cultural, political, and experiential aspects of breast cancer in South Korea, How, why, and to what effect constructions of gender, class, and race are mobilized and manipulated in South Korea, Structures of cultural temporality (future, present, or past orientation) and anti-poverty policies (US and South Korea).
Juana Maria Rodriguez, Professor. Sexual politics, LGBTQ communities, Latino issues, women of color feminisms, ethnic studies, queer activism, transgender studies, queer kinship.
Leslie Salzinger, Associate Professor. Political economy, feminist theory, finance, sociology of gender, Gender and Work, gendering of transnational processes.
Charis M. Thompson, Professor. Science and technology studies, environmental ethics, feminist theory, reproductive technology, genetics, stem cell and cloning technology, personalized medicine, biodiversity conservation, transnational studies of reproduction and population, ethnography.
Minh-Ha Trinh, Professor. Gender and sexuality, womens studies, rhetoric, feminist postcolonial theory, film theory and production, music composition, ethnomusicology, contemporary critical theory and the arts.
Ayse Agis, Lecturer.
Barbara A. Barnes, Lecturer.
Laura Fantone, Lecturer.
Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Professor Emeritus. Labor, citizenship, undocumented students, caring work, settler colonialism, skin color bias.
Barrie Thorne, Professor Emeritus. Feminist theory, gender theory, ethnography, qualitative methods, sociology, women, sociology of gender, sociology of age relations.
Irene Tinker, Professor Emeritus. International development and women, Electoral quotas in legislatures for women.
Department of Gender and Women's Studies
680 Barrows Hall
Laura C. Nelson, PhD
618 Barrows Hall
Vice Chair for Pedagogy
Leslie Salzinger, PhD
616 Barrows Hall
Vice Chair for Research
Minoo Moallem, PhD
628 Barrows Hall
Student Services Adviser
608 Barrows Hall