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Critical Sexuality Studies Minor

This interdisciplinary minor is designed for students in any major who also want a concentration in the study of sexuality. The minor investigates the historical, political, and social life of sexuality both transhistorically and transnationally. Special attention is paid to how sexuality intersects with other differences, including gender, race, class, religion, nationality, disability and age, and how power, resistance, and life chances are differently distributed at these intersections.

The minor provides a good foundation of critical reading, writing, and thinking skills that prepare students for work or graduate school in a variety of fields, including psychology, law, social work, medicine, nonprofit management, human resources, and more.

Ready to declare this minor? Print out a declaration of major form and bring it to the GWST office, 413C Fine Arts.

Want to bring this information to your advising appointment? Print out the CSST minor advising guide.

To earn the minor, students must complete 18 credits of coursework offered by the Department of Gender, Women’s + Sexuality Studies, as follows:

CORE COURSES (9 credits)
Course # Course Name GEP Semester offered
GWST/AMST 210 Introduction to Critical Sexuality Studies SS/C
GWST 300 Methodologies in Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies WI
GWST 485 Sexuality and Queer Theory  Spring Only

ELECTIVE COURSES (9 credits)

Complete 9 elective credits. Of these 9 credits, 3 must be at the 300 level and above. Students have the option to take up to 3 credits of independent study and 3 credits of internship towards completion of the minor. Selected topics courses (GWST 290, 292, 390, 392, 490, 492) topics may be counted toward the 9 credits in electives.

Course # Course Name RoE GEP
GWST 220 Introduction to Transgender Studies RoE
GWST/MLL 255 Intercultural Paris RoE AH/C
GWST315 Modern Masculinities AH/C
GWST 321 Queer Representations in Film and TV RoE AH
GWST 344 Transnational Femininities AH/C
GWST 345 Unruly Bodies RoE AH/C
GWST 348 Black, Queer, and Feminist Film RoE
GWST/THTR 349 Gender, Sexuality, + Theatrical Performance RoE AH
GWST/HIST 366 Doin’ It: Case Studies in the History of Western Sexuality RoE SS/C
GWST 381 Reproductive Justice in the US
GWST 383 History and Politics of Sexuality RoE
GWST413/LLC613 Language, Gender, + Sexuality RoE
GWST/PSYC444 Psychology of Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity WI
Students can choose from one of the courses listed below:
GWST/SOCY332 Human Sexuality in Sociological Perspective
GWST/SOCY333 Human Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective C/SS
GWST/PSYC356 The Psychology of Sex Differences

NOTES:

  • A C or better is required in all courses applied toward the minor

When students pursue the CSST minor along with any GWST option, only two courses may overlap