Most Interesting LGBT Classes in Florida Universities

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It can be hard finding classes that can offer a different gender perspective. Many schools don’t offer anything past a simple gender studies class for students.

For interested students, there are more LGBT learning options out there at many of the state’s universities. We took out the guesswork and talked to the professors to show you some of the unique course options in the state.

 

Florida International University

REL 4434: Religion and Queer Theory 

Florida International has a three-credit course on the intersection of faith and queer theory through its Religious Studies department.

Whitney Bauman, a professor within the department, said that the class looks at much of the history of LGBT identities in religion and religious texts. The class also looks at present examples of the intersection of queer theory and religion.

“This course is of interest to students pursuing degrees in other disciplines within the humanities, who want to gain a better grasp of the religious issues surrounding LGBTQI identities,” Bauman said in an email.

 

University of Miami

WGS 305: Queer Studies 

The University of Miami offers queer studies, a class that dives deeper into the identities of LGBT people.

Steven Butterman, a college of arts and sciences professor at the university, teaches about lesbian, gay and transgender identities with each unit of the class. At the final unit, students reflect on what they learned and how their expectations of queer theory changed.

“In particular, it will explore how queer theories can articulate our understanding of key issues across a range of disciplines and how it intervenes in current debates over the meaning and validity of sexuality as a way of understanding human sexual desire, emotions, and behaviors,” Butterman’s class syllabus states.

Butterman’s class also includes a “queer show and tell” where students bring in what they believe is their “most queer” and “least queer objects,” with sex toys excluded.

 

University of Florida

PCO 4930: LGBT Psychology 

The University of Florida offers a three-credit class out of their School of Psychology about the psychology of LGBT people.

Tyler Hatchell, a doctorate student in the college of psychology, will be teaching the course. Hatchell’s research is mainly about LGBT youth and the risk factors that affect their mental health, according to ResearchGate.

“The focus will be on the nature of sexuality, gender, and expression,” Hatchell said in an email. “The mental health and treatment of sexual and gender diverse people will be another focus.”

 

University of South Florida

IDS 2931: Intro to LGBTQ Culture 

At the University of South Florida, there is a one to three-credit class that explores what experiences LGBT people go through and how those experiences are shaped.

Milton Wendland, a women’s and gender studies professor at USF, said that some course goals include exploring the history of LGBT people in the U.S. and how class, race and other factors shape the LGBT experience. According to Wendland, studying this allows students to give “context to past, current, and future struggles,” for the LGBT community.

“Students are often fascinated to learn about the role WWII played in establishing nascent gay communities,” Wendland said in an email. “We try to always pay attention to how LGBTQ people also have racial, class, and other identities that touch on their LGBTQ identities.”

 

AML 4933/LIT 6934: Queer Film & TV 

Another class at USF is Queer Film and TV, which Wendland teaches as part of a rotating special topics class slot.

The three-credit class has sections available to both master's and bachelor's students. The course addresses queer representation in tv and movies, as well as the concept of queer theory as it applies. 

“In Queer Film & TV we look especially at how sex, gender, and sexuality are presented in TV shows and movies and how that does or doesn’t match up with the world as we experience it – or want to experience it,” Wendland said. “We think about how a movie or TV show can be understood differently by different people.”


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