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10 classes from The College on gender, sexuality and identity to take this summer and fall

By

Emily Balli

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University offers a variety of courses on gender and sexuality as well as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) studies. Whether you’re interested in exploring gender in the media or delving into human sexuality, you can expand your knowledge this summer and fall with these featured courses from The College.

Visit ASU’s Community Resources page to find additional resources and services available to the LGBTQ+ community.

1. COM 442: Identity, Performance and Human Communication (Fall T/Th, 1:30–2:45 p.m.): Explore communication dimensions of self and others including gender, race, sexuality, age and ethnicity through performance in this course from the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication with Assistant Professor Benjamin LeMaster.

2. FAS 264: Gender and Society (Fall T/Th, noon–1:15 p.m.): In this course from the Sanford School of Social and Family Dynamics taught by Lecturer Casey Sechler, you’ll analyze the development, nature and consequences of gender in contemporary society.

3. FMS 375: LGBTV: Television and Sexuality (Fall T/Th, noon–1:15 p.m.): Delve into LGBT representation on reality shows, sitcoms and dramas in relation to the economic and regulatory structures of the TV business to understand the complex functions of sexual identity in the television industry with Julia Himberg, associate professor and director of Film and Media Studies.

4. REL 205 — Life, Sex and Death (Fall T/Th, noon–1:15 p.m.): In this course from the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, you will explore the ways that religions have understood birth, sexuality, death and the passing of generations by analyzing examples from traditions throughout the world with Associate Professor Miguel Aguilera.

Seats in the courses below may be reserved for graduate students or students in specified programs, majors or groups.

5. AIS 511: Genders and Sexualities in American Indian Societies (Fall T, 4:50–7:35 p.m.): In American Indian societies, there were traditionally more than two genders. With colonization through laws, boarding schools and loss of culture, language and land, these different genders were attacked and made to disappear. In this graduate-level course from American Indian Studies, you’ll examine the concepts of gender and sexuality from Native perspectives and Western imperial views with Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor Myla Vicenti Carpio.

6. ASB 210: Human Sexuality – Anthropological Perspectives (Fall, iCourse): Learn to examine the sexual nature and behavior of humans from both a biological and an anthropological point of view across various cultures around the globe in this course from the School of Human Evolution and Social Change taught by Instructor Laura Bidner.

7. COM 316: Gender and Communication (Fall W, 6–8:45 p.m.): In this course taught by graduate teaching associate Marco Dehnert, you’ll gain an understanding of gender-related communication by examining verbal, nonverbal and paralinguistic differences and similarities through social, psychological and historical perspectives.

8. FAS 332: Human Sexuality (Summer, iCourse): Delve into the relationship of sexuality to family life and other major societal issues with Instructor M. Brougham.

9. SST 294: Introduction to LGBTQ History and Culture (Fall, iCourse): Discuss the historical context of racism and transphobia in the LGBTQ civil rights movement and explore creative works including literature and visiual media from queer and transgender people in the United States with Assistant Professor Mellissa Linton in the School of Social Transformation.

10. WST 460: Women and the Body (Summer, ASU Online): Conduct an in-depth analysis of the cultural construction of the gendered body and societal prescriptions about beauty, body image and size in this women’s studies course from the School of Social Transformation with graduate teaching assistant Hannah Grabowski.

This is not an exhaustive list of courses offered on topics of gender and sexuality available. Browse the full offering of courses