Five College Queer and Sexuality Studies Certificate Program
The Five College Queer and Sexuality Studies certificate provides an opportunity to enroll in a course of study that examines critically the relationship between queer sexual and gender identities, experiences, cultures, and communities in a wide range of historical and political contexts. Working across disciplines, students will take courses in a variety of fields, such as Women’s and Gender Studies, Black Studies, Asian and Asian American Studies, Latin American Studies, Art and the History of Art, English, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Film and Media Studies, Law, and language studies. The certificate will also lead students to investigate how non-normative and normative genders and sexualities intersect with other social categories, such as race, ethnicity, gender, class, and nationality.
To obtain a Five College certificate in Queer and Sexuality Studies, students must successfully complete a total of seven courses, including one introductory course, at least one critical race and transnational studies course, and five other courses. The five courses must include at least two courses in the Humanities and two courses in the Social Sciences, and at least one of the five courses must be an upper-level (300 or above) course.
For the application form and other particulars, including the courses that will count toward the certificate, go to https://www.fivecolleges.edu/queerstudies.
The certificate is currently approved for students at Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College and Smith College.
For 2016-17 the Amherst faculty advisor will be Professor Michele Barale of the Sexuality, Women’s and Gender Studies Department.