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Sexuality and Gender Studies Minor

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (SGS)

The minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies addresses human sexuality and gender as they have been conceptualized and investigated by diverse disciplines: humanities (including history and cultural studies), behavioral and social sciences, biological sciences, and visual and performance arts. Courses in the minor require students to explore scholarship and research on sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender across the lifespan, across cultures, and throughout history. Developing students' critical skills in a variety of disciplines, courses in the minor cover theories of sexuality and gender; sexual orientation; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movements; the history of sexual norms; queer theory; gender identity; and impact of gender identities and erotic orientations on the arts; etc.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)


ENGL 245 GH;US(3) and HDFS/WMNST 250 US(3) (Sem: 1-4)


In order to fulfill the interdisciplinary nature of the minor, students must study both in arts and humanities and in sciences. Students are required to complete a total of at least 12 credits from the two categories below: a minimum of 3 credits from humanities and the arts and a minimum of 3 credits from the sciences. Completion of the minor also requires at least 6 credits at the 400 level in either humanities and the arts or in the sciences (Sem: 1-8). With the permission of the person in charge of the minor, "Special Topics" courses may be substituted for courses listed below.

A. Sexuality studies in humanities and the arts:

CHNS 422 IL(3), ENGL 225 GA;GH(3), ENGL 227 GH;US;IL(3), HIST/WMNST 116 GS;US;IL(3), HIST/WMNST 166 GH;US(3), HIST/WMNST 466 US;IL(3), PHIL 14 GH;US(3), WMNST 106 GS;US;IL(3), WMNST 301 GH;US;IL(3), WMNST 400 US;IL(3) (Sem: 1-8)

B. Sexuality studies in the sciences:

AFAM/SOC/WMNST 103 US(3), AFAM/WMNST 364 GS;US(3), ANTH 216 GN;GS(3), ANTH 416(3), ANTH 474(3), ANTH/WMNST 476(3), BBH 146 GHA(3), BBH 251 US(3), BBH 315 US(3), BBH 446(3), BIOL 177 GN(3), GEOG/WMNST 426 US;IL(3), HDFS 405 US(3), PSYCH 231 GS;US(3), PSYCH 422(3), PSYCH 479/WMNST 471 US(3), OR SOC/WMNST 110 GS;US(3) (Sem: 1-8)

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2015

Blue Sheet Item #: 43-06-000

Review Date: 04/14/2015



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