The Women's and Gender Studies' Queer Studies Concentration is an option for students wanting to enhance their understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) issues or whose undergraduate curriculum or professional goals would be enriched by additional course work in this emerging vibrant field.
The concentration focuses on LGBTQI+ histories, political movements, aesthetics, arts, cultures, literatures, scholarship, contemporary experiences, and social formations. Students who complete the sequence can apply their knowledge to positions in education, government, nonprofit organizations, activism, journalism, law, public policy, social services, health services, and careers in the humanities and fine arts.
The Queer Studies Concentration requires 12 credit hours of coursework (four courses), which include three core courses and one elective. The concentration may be taken either within the WGS Minor or as a stand-alone concentration independent of the minor. You may begin the concentration at any time, although we strongly recommend that students begin by first taking WGS 120, and that they complete WGS 292 before enrolling in WGS 392.
Interested students should meet with the WGS academic advisor to develop a Plan of Study. Email WGSadvisor@IllinoisState.edu or call (309) 438-2947 to schedule a meeting.
For more information about our curriculum, please review the Queer Studies Concentration Plan of Study Worksheet .