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HON 321 Gay and Lesbian Theory and Cultures (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors in the Honors Program, or with permission of the instructor. (First semester—as needed/3 credits) 

Through the study of selected literary works, the course provides a background in gender identity theory and examines 20th century classifications of people into the categories of “gay” or “straight.” The readings will be selected from classical Greek to contemporary texts, with emphasis on their historical contexts, and will be analyzed for stances about the definition, experience and acceptance of lesbian, gay and transgendered individuals from a cross cultural perspective. Writing assignments are an integral component of the course.