Queer Studies – Online Minor

Explore the heart of queer studies

Queer studies examines how gender, sexuality and ideas of "normal" work together. This online undergraduate minor prepares students to examine how gender and sexuality are constructed and policed. It provides the exploration of gender as a focal point of analysis in determining differentials of power and opportunity. You will delve into the interaction of gender with a complex matrix of such fundamental categories as race, ethnicity, religion, class, sexual identity, age, physical appearance and mental or physical ability.

A modern program willing to adapt

Oregon State University first founded the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies program in 1972, under the title of “Women’s Studies.” Over years of changing perspectives and cultural expectations, the department has evolved to understand and teach modern thinking on these very complex topics. With a program that is quick to correct course, you can be sure your voice and perspective make a difference in how these topics are taught for years to come.


The coursework in this 33-credit online minor covers topics including LGBTQ+ issues, histories, cultures, and activism. It encourages critical thinking and fosters empathy, promoting awareness and advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights and inclusion. You will also gain valuable skills in research, communication, and social justice that can be applied in various fields and careers.

Curriculum details and minor requirements are available on Oregon State’s academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • Transgender politics
  • Indigenous and two-spirit queer studies
  • Lesbian and gay movements in modern America
  • Arts and social justice
  • Queer of color critiques

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by Oregon State's world-class faculty, who are renowned for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Oregon State Ecampus consistently ranks among the nation’s 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.