Last week, an image surfaced that showed a unique course listing over at Baylor University. The course, listed as "special topic in Sociology," was named "Homosexuality as Gateway Drug."
It's not clear exactly what the course would have covered -- probably, of course, that homosexuality leads to drug experimentation, alcoholism, and a dearth of other impediments to morality -- but it's clear that it wasn't going to honestly and openly talk about gay history and culture. After all, this is Baylor University, the Baptist school that prohibited students from forming a gay student organization just last year.
The course has since been renamed to the less inflammatory "Family Studies," but it will be eye-opening to see what the curriculum is like in a course originally intended to be called "Homosexuality as Gateway Drug."
Despite the anti-gay negativity implicit in the Baylor offering, seeing the course got me thinking about whether I have any options to really hone in on LGBT studies here at my college. We don't have a queer studies major or minor, but would it be easy to create one?
Last year I thought about petitioning for an LGBT studies minor at the college. It would encompass six courses from various departments -- sociology, politics, psychology -- and work to achieve an understanding of LGBT history, LGBT issues, and modern struggles for the movement.
A number of schools throughout the country already have queer studies programs. A few, including Ohio State, Miami University, and York University, actually offer an undergraduate major in sexuality studies, and dozens of others (see one list here) offer a minor in the subject area.
I'm curious if any Projectors have participated in any LGBT Studies or Queer Studies programs in colleges. If so, what did you get out of it?