Current Courses

  • For information about specific section times and locations, please view the UCLA Schedule of Classes.
  • For a complete listing of LGBTQ Studies courses, please visit the UCLA General Catalog.

Fall 2019


Queer Literatures & Cultures, 1850-1970

Instructor: Arthur Little

Same as English M101B and Gender Studies M105B. Survey of discrete period of queer literature and culture from circa 1850 to 1970. Works by such authors as Walt Whitman, Radclyffe Hall, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf, Langston Hughes, Tennessee Williams, Henry Blake Fuller, and James Baldwin may be included. May be repeated for credit with topic or instructor change.


Topics in Gender and Sexuality: Queer Indigenous Literature

Instructor: Ho’esta Mo’e’hahne

Same as English M191E and Gender Studies M191 E. Consideration of intersections of queerness and indigeneity as imagined in indigenous literature and art of North America. By reading fiction, poetry, and critical theory–and examining cinema and contemporary art–students analyze how queer indigenous authors/artists conceive of indigeneity through anticolonial conceptions of gender, sexuality, and sociality. Listening to and thinking with these authors/artists, consideration of centrality of dismantling settler-imperial heteropatriarchy to practices and processes of decolonization. For instance, while reading Tommy Pico’s poetry, examination of how artists/authors imagine queerness as site of decolonial embodied knowledge, memory, and relationality that resists anti-indigenous gender and sexual violence. Study asks what roles queer indigenous literatures played in histories of indigenous art and critical thought in North America, and how they represent crucial spaces for practicing anticolonial politics.


Variable Topics in Queer Diversities: Queer and Trans Muslim Interventions

Instructor: Mitchell Morris, Shawndeez Jadali

What does it mean to be queer Muslim today? Questions include how current political climate has shaped ways one can profess and connect with religion and/or God; what roles race and gender play in formulating Muslim identity; and how queerness and transness affect, complicate, and/or reform ways that one can identify with Islam. In-depth view into current scholarly debates regarding Islamic feminism, secularity versus religiosity, and queer and trans Muslim experiences. Interrogation of fixed notions of identity, moving beyond binaristic understanding of Islam versus West, secular versus religious, man versus woman, and traditional versus modern. Interdisciplinary study draws heavily from feminist, queer, and trans theory. Includes debates on transnationality, diasporic identities, Islamic feminism, and queer and trans Muslim experiences. Study parses out tensions between agency and resistance by reading poetry by Middle Eastern women, queer Muslims, and trans Muslims.

Winter 2020


Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies

Instructor: Morgan Woolsey, Ph.D.

Same as Gender Studies M114. Introduction to history, politics, culture, and scientific study of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgendered, and queer people; examination of sexuality and gender as categories for investigation; interdisciplinary theories and research on minority sexualities and genders.


Variable Topics in Education, Law, and Public Policy: Healing Justice

Instructor: Nadia Zepeda

Study of law, education, and public policy topics from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies perspective.

This course will give students an interdisciplinary approach to healing justice through histories, theories, and visions of social justice. Specifically, we will examine different conversations on healing justice in a queer lens. Topics that will aid analysis include intersectionality, Native American views on healing, Black feminist epistemologies, Chicana healing justice, institutional violence, community accountability, queer disability justice, pleasure as healing justice, art and self-care. Students will come out of this course, understanding the queer lineage of healing justice and get the opportunity to critically think, analyze, and imagine of healing justice as a framework in transforming justice.


Variable Topics in Queer Subjectivities/Theories/History: Queer Arts in Los Angeles

Instructor: Alma Lopez Gaspar de Alba

Study of topics about queer subjectivities/theories/history from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies perspective.

This course will introduce students to the wide gamut of queer arts in Los Angeles (and beyond), including photography, painting, posters, films and performance art. There will be a special focus on queer Latinx artists, AIDS art, and censorship. This class may include exploration of queer Los Angeles with artists lectures, attending exhibitions, screenings of queer films, and/or queer performance. In addition, students will learn the basic technology necessary to either contribute to an on-going collaborative class website on Queer Arts in L.A. and/or a creating a short film project.

Spring 2020


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Perspectives in Pop Music

Instructor: Mitchell Morris

Same as Musicology M137. Survey of English-language popular music in 20th century, with focus on lesbians, gay men, and members of other sexual minorities as creators, performers, and audience members.


LGBT Institutions and Organizations

Instructor: Michael Fleming

Preparation: one prior LGBTQ Studies course. Service-learning course that offers opportunity for students to work in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender-related community organizations, to reflect on political and theoretical issues involved in such work and such organizations, and to draw ideas from various courses they have already taken and test them in settings outside UCLA.

***PTE required for enrollment. Priority consideration will be given to graduating seniors. Please contact the LGBTQ Studies Student Affairs Officer for assistance***


Variable Topics in Queer Subjectivities/Theories/History: Queer Poetry

Instructor: Louise Brown

Study of topics about queer subjectivities/theories/history from lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies perspective.