Minor in Critical Sexuality Studies

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.

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The Minor in Critical Sexuality Studies consists of 18 credits, divided as follows:

CORE COURSES (9 credits)
Course # Course Name GEP Semester Offered
CSST 210 Introduction to Critical Sexuality Studies SS/C
CSST 300/GWST 300 Methodologies in Gender, Women’s + Sexuality Studies WI
CSST 485 Sexuality and Queer Theory Spring Only
  • 3 credits must be at the 300 level or above
  • Students have the option to take up to 3 credits of independent study and 3 credits of internship towards completion of the certificate
  • Selected topics courses (CSST 292, CSST 392, CSST 492, GWST 290, GWST 390, GWST 490) may also be counted towards the 9 credits in electives

NOTE: A C or better is required in all courses applied toward the certificate

Course Number
Course Name
CSST 220/GWST 220 Introduction to Transgender Studies
CSST 321 Queer Representations in Film and TV AH
GWST 345 Unruly Bodies AH/C
GWST 255/MLL 255 Intercultural Paris AH/C
GWST 315 Modern Masculinities AH/C
GWST 341 Indigenous and Decolonial Feminisms
GWST 344 Transnational Femininities AH/C
GWST 348 Black, Queer and Feminist Film
GWST 349/THTR 349 Gender, Sexuality + Theatrical Performance AH
GWST 366/HIST 366 Doin’ It: Case Studies in the History of Western Sexuality SS/C
GWST 381 Reproductive Justice in the US
GWST 383 History and Politics of Sexuality
GWST 413/MLL 413 Language, Gender, + Sexuality
GWST 444/PSYC 444 Psychology of Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity WI
Course Number
Course Name
GWST 332/SOCY 332 Human Sexuality in Sociological Perspective
GWST 333/SOCY 333 Human Sexuality in Cross-Cultural Perspective SS/C
GWST 356/PSYC 356 The Psychology of Sex Differences