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Women’s Studies Program at UH Offers Minor in GLBT StudiesNew minor to begin in spring 2009

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The University of Houston Women's Studies Program will offer a minor in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) studies. Students may begin taking classes in spring 2009.

"The Women's Studies Program is happy to offer this new minor in an expanding field of research and understanding," said program director Professor Elizabeth Gregory. "Women's Studies has long included courses that analyze the role of gender and sexuality in the experience of people of both sexes."

The interdisciplinary minor will require fifteen hours of approved courses in the humanities and the social sciences, as well as an introductory course required of all minors. Students may choose from courses such as Sex and Culture, Queer Theory, History of Private Life, Sexuality and Society, Gay and Lesbian Literature, and Epic Masculinity: Ideologies of Manhood in Ancient Epic and Modern Film, among others.

Professor Guillermo de los Reyes of the Hispanic Studies Department will direct the new minor. He has conducted research in colonial Mexican history and literature, gender and sexuality, cultural studies, secret and fraternal societies, Latin American political culture and policy studies.

"The GLBT Studies minor will be pivotal in the mission of the university to promote diversity and equality," de los Reyes said.

The new GLBT minor reflects the continuing growth of the Women's Studies Program, founded in 1991. The program now offers two minors, Women's Studies and GLBT Studies, and is in the process of changing its name to reflect its expanding curriculum.

Interested students may call 713-743-3214 for more information.

For more information on the UH Women's Studies Program, visit www.class.uh.edu/WS/.

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