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HIST 3164: Sexuality in American History

This course examines the changing social and cultural meanings of sexual behavior and identity in American life from the colonial era to the present. Students will explore the relationships between sexuality and power, culture and politics, and government regulation, with a consideration of the theoretical frameworks of interpretation. The course will focus on the dynamics of race, ethnicity, gender, and class.

Why take it?

The content of the course will be of personal interest to many students, while also introducing them to various historical and cultural constructions of sexuality that will challenge them to question their basic assumptions and to view the world through a more complex lens. Furthermore, this course will help students develop a range of important skills, such as critical thinking, writing, ethical reasoning, and intercultural competence, which will serve them well throughout their college careers and beyond.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

This course fulfills Pathways requirements in Critical Thinking in the Humanities, Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States, and Intercultural and Global Awareness.