Baylor University, a private Christian school located in Texas, has unexpectedly made headlines for the name of an independent study course offered in the spring.
The sociology course was called “Homosexuality as a Gateway Drug.” The name was later changed to “Special Topics in Sociology” after another student complained that it was offensive. But not before screenshots of the course were uploaded to the Internet, sparking a blogosphere firestorm.
Baylor University officials said the issue had been blown out of proportion.
“This is an independent study course for one undergrad who brought forward the idea to a faculty member. It’s not a course that is open to students,” Baylor director of media communications Lori Fogleman told the Baylor Lariat.
Baylor University was ranked the 11th most “LGBT Unfriendly” college by Princeton Review in 2009 and 2010, but was not included on the list in 2011. Most bloggers assumed the course was homophobic in nature, but the actual content of the upcoming independent study is unknown.