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Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

The interdisciplinary minor in Sexuality Studies offers students a unique opportunity to study the concept of sexuality by examining its changing meanings and effects across different political, historical, and cultural landscapes. The minor will also examine the ways sexual minorities have produced vibrant cultures and communities that challenge normative ideas about gender and sexuality. As an interdisciplinary project, it relies on a variety of perspective from the humanities and social sciences to investigate the human-made aspects of sexual identities, desires and practices.

Requirements: 

18-20 units


Complete the following course (4 units)

  • Women and Gender Studies 170, Queer Studies (4 units)

Choose two elective courses from the following (7-8 units)

  • Anthropology 139 BN, Gender and Sexuality (4 units)
  • English 186, Literature, Gender, and Sexuality (4 units)
  • Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine 163, Peer Counselors in Sexuality Training
  • History 184, History of Sexuality in America (4 units)
  • Human Development 12, Human Sexuality (3 units) 
  • Psychology 158, Sexual Orientation and Prejudice (4 units)
  • Science and Society 15, AIDS and Society
  • Women and Gender Studies 70, Theory and History of Sexualities (4 units)

Additional Course List or seminars/individual study by petition (6-9 units)

  • American Studies 115, Livin​g Bodies: Body Politics in the United States
  • Asian American Studies 112, Asian American Women
  • Chicana/o Studies 160, Mexican Film and Greater Mexican Identity
  • English 166, Love and Desire in Contemporary American Poetry
  • German 145, The Literature of Deviance: Mann, Hesse, Kafka
  • History 132, Crime and Punishment in Early Modern Europe
  • Political Science 152, The Constitutional Politics of Equality
  • Sociology 120, Deviance
  • Women and Gender Studies 140, Gender and Law
  • Women and Gender Studies 179, Gender and Literature

Restrictions

  • Students may take no more than one lower division course to satisfy requirements for the minor.
  • To satisfy the interdisciplinary component of the minor, students must either split their coursework roughly equally between two programs/departments or take coursework in at least three programs/departments.
  • Students may petition the minor adviser to accept Special Topics courses and Capstone/Senior Seminars as additional courses, as long as their course of study follows the minor's lower-division restriction and interdisciplinary requirements.
  • Students may petition the minor adviser to accept up to four units of registered individual study, group study or internship towards the minor program, as long as their course of study follows the minor's lower-division restriction and interdisciplinary requirements.

Total = 18-20 units