Syd Saramalia Lindsley
Each seminar examines a different subject or problem. A quarterly list of the seminars and their instructors is available in the Department of History undergraduate advising office.
Sexual categories, such as "heterosexual" and "homosexual" first came into use by medical authorities in the U.S. and Europe in the late 19th century, but these categories gradually became central to the meaning, regulation, and politics of sexuality in the 20th century United States. This course explores the creation of categories of sexuality in the 20th century U.S. as a contentious process, shaped by the interests of different social sectors, including the state, science and medicine, popular media, and sexual minority communities. This course will also reflect upon the study of the history of sexuality as part of the sexual politics of our own time. By engaging with primary historical sources and works by historians, students will discover the challenges and excitement involved in interpreting and narrating histories of sexuality.
Student learning goals
Students will learn to assess secondary sources, collect and analyze primary sources, develop a research proposal, and write a research paper.
General method of instruction
Weekly seminar discussion with reading, writing, and research assignments.
Class assignments and grading
The class will meet once per week in a seminar format. Each student is expected to come to class prepared to discuss and debate the assigned readings. Grades will be assigned on the basis of participation, shorter writing assignments, and the final research paper.