Bowie State University will offer an academic course on Queer culture during the 2016-17 academic year.
The Human Rights Commission reports on the new academic offering, as a part of BSU’s continuing development as an LGBT-inclusive campus community. Bowie State, the oldest historically black college in Maryland which opened the nation’s first black college campus gender and sexual diversities center in 2012, will be the latest HBCU to offer an elective course in LGBT culture or theory, following Morehouse College’s Black LGBT genealogy class launch in 2013, and the first academic offering at Spelman College in 2006. From the HRC press release:
The course offers an introduction to queer theory within the context of cultural studies including but not limited to the academic analysis of literature, music, film, social media, the Internet, theatre, politics, sociology and history. Using queer as an inclusive umbrella term for LGBT and ally, this class examines how society negotiates identities based on gender identity and sexual orientation in relationship with constructions of race, religion and class.
The pilot course attracted 26 students, according to the HRC.