Social and Cultural Analysis (Queer and Sexuality Studies) (BA)

The Social and Cultural Analysis program offers a concentration in Queer and Sexuality Studies, critically analyzing sexuality, sexual identity formation, structural and societal inequalities, and the diversity of LGBTQA communities. Incorporating elements of social justice, women and gender studies, history, sociology and psychology prepares our graduates to be vital assets in civil rights organizations, NGOs, and in the political and corporate sectors.

The BA program in social and cultural analysis with a concentration in queer and sexuality studies combines transdisciplinary topics and methods to critically analyze the function of ideologies of sexuality; the history and present conditions of sexual identity formation; structural inequalities and queer resistance to those same inequalities; and the diversity of LGBTQA communities. Drawing from the premise that sex, gender and sexual orientation are both private experiences as well as profoundly political and public issues with important legal, social and cultural implications, the intellectual core of this program draws from theories, methods and pedagogies in queer theory and sexuality studies while engaging complementary fields of social justice, cultural studies, women's studies, gender studies, literature, history, sociology, psychology and transnational studies. Areas of emphasis include sexuality in culture, transnational queer studies, queer social movements and resistance, sexual fluidity, trans studies and critical heterosexualities.

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Social and Cultural Analysis (Queer and Sexuality Studies) (BA)
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Career Outlook

Graduates of the program are prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary for graduate work as well as for careers in government, education, business and nonprofit organizations. Due to the emphasis on culture and identity, students develop respect for and sensitivity to, diverse populations. Graduates flourish in areas as varied as:

  • civil rights organizations
  • colleges and universities
  • corporations
  • government agencies
  • law firms
  • libraries
  • museums
  • nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Peace Corps
  • political action groups
  • public relation firms
  • research organizations
  • social service agencies

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$62,550
Copy Writers2.3%$58,850
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 15.1%$68,950
Education Teachers, Postsecondary9.1%$59,720
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.8%$56,310
History Teachers, Postsecondary10%$66,840
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates0.6%$115,140
Judicial Law Clerks-6.3%$48,640
Law Teachers, Postsecondary 21.7%$109,980
Lawyers 5.6%$114,970
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers-3.6%$87,980
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 9.2%$57,180
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education 5.9%$54,940
Political Scientists-2.3%$104,920
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$73,790

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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