Minor in Global Queer Studies at The College of Wooster

The Global Queer Studies minor centers queer lives and lived experiences as both its theoretical and practical focus, taking a global, transnational, and intersectional perspective. In contrast to the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor, the Global Queer Studies minor specifically provides an academic space for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty members, and allies to explore sexuality and gender. The Global Queer Studies minor does not direct students toward a specific career goal, but rather expands students’ perspectives to contribute to a wide range of interdisciplinary academic trajectories and a range of different careers. The Global Queer Studies minor embodies queer praxis – putting theory into practice – by incorporating practica, peer mentorship, and student-led tutorials and reading groups.

Citational Politics at The College of Wooster

The College Libraries and various academic areas, including Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies and Global Queer Studies, collaborate to highlight the importance of feminist politics of citation, being aware and strategic with how we cite, and acknowledging those whose work inspires and influences our own. As part of that effort, we brought Dr. Christen A. Smith to campus to talk about her work with the Cite Black Women movement.

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Global Queer Studies Learning Goals

Students will learn to:

  1. Understand key concepts, terminology, controversies, and theories in queer theory, empirical research, and creative endeavors
  2. Identify and critique historical biases in the production of knowledge about LGBTQIA+* histories, communities, and. social activism locally, nationally, and globally
  3. Examine how queer lives are experienced, performed, and embodied in ways that are intersectional, transnational, and politicized in different cultural, social, and political structures
  4. Interrogate heteronormative and homonormative cultural, social, and political structures
  5. Articulate in oral, written, and visual form the utility of queer research methodologies toward the goals of social justice locally and transnationally
  6. Create opportunities in leadership and social justice-oriented collaborations, such as a queer mentorship program or intersectional social justice activism

* LGBTQIA+ is an intentionally broad acronym which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and other minoritized sexual and gender identities. We use the “plus” to include indigenous categories that are not encompassed in English vernaculars, as well as evolving and emerging terminology to describe queer experience

Faculty & Staff

Beatrice Adams

Assistant Professor of History


Ahmet Atay

Ahmet Atay

Professor of Communication Studies; Program Chair of Global Media & Digital Studies; Liaison to Digital Visual Storytelling Pathway


Jordan Biro Walters

Jordan Biro Walters

Associate Professor of History


Christa Craven head shot

Christa Craven

Interim Dean for Faculty Development, Professor of Anthropology and Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies, Program Chair of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies


Rebecca Garonzik

Rebecca Garonzik

Assistant Professor of Spanish; Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies


Zareen Thomas

Zareen Thomas

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology; Latin American Studies; Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies


Zhenu Tian, assistant professor of communication studies at The College of Wooster

Zhenyu Tian

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies; Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies



Minors in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) and Global Queer Studies (GQST) consist of six courses spanning Africana Studies, Anthropology, English, History, Communication Studies, Political Science, and World Languages.

Offered every semester:

  • WGSS-11000 Introduction to Women’s, Gender & Sexuality

Offered annually:

  • GQST-12000 Introduction to Global Queer Studies
  • HIST-27514 Queer America: LGBT History of the 20th Century U.S.
  • HIST-10191 History of Sexualities
  • WGSS-330 Doing Feminist & Queer Research: Theory & Practice

Offered on 3-Year Rotation

  • ANTH-299 Global Politics of Reproduction
  • COMM-22300 Communication, Gender and Sexuality
  • COMM-22800 Communication & Queer Studies
  • COMM-23300 Mediated Race, Gender and Sexuality
  • GMDS-35007 Transnational Queer Cinema
  • THTD-30301 Theatre for Social Change

Special Topics:

  • SOCI-21600 Masculinities
  • HIST-30159 Intersectionality
  • SPAN-31100 Gender & Sexuality in Latin American & Latinx Literature (Becca Garonzik)