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. This minor will empower students to imagine a more just future and equip them with the tools to collectively enact it.

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? Fill out a declaration of major form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office through RT.

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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
CSST 210 Introduction to Critical Sexuality Studies SS/C
CSST/GWST 300 Methodologies in Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies WI
CSST 485 Sexuality and Queer Theory  Spring Only


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 (CSST 292, 392, 492, GWST 290, 390, 490) may be counted toward the 9 credits in electives.

Course # Course Name RoE GEP
CSST/GWST 220 Introduction to Transgender Studies RoE
CSST 321 Queer Representations in Film and TV RoE AH
CSST 345 Unruly Bodies RoE AH/C
GWST/MLL 255 Intercultural Paris RoE AH/C
GWST 315 Modern Masculinities AH/C
GWST 341 Indigenous and Decolonial Feminisms RoE
GWST 344 Transnational Femininities 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
GWST/MLL 413 Language, Gender, + Sexuality RoE
GWST/PSYC 444 Psychology of Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity RoE WI
Students can choose from one of the courses listed below:
GWST/SOCY 332 Human Sexuality in Sociological Perspective
GWST/SOCY 333 Human Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective C/SS
GWST/PSYC 356 The Psychology of Sex Differences


  • 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