Critical Sexuality Studies

The Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies department offers this interdisciplinary minor 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 18-credit minor can easily be combined with any major, including the major in Gender and Women’s Studies. Critical Sexuality Studies courses include topics such as Introduction to Transgender Studies, Queer Theory, Queer Representations in Film and Television, and more.

The Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies department sponsors a living-learning community—Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL+)—where students live in the residence hall with other students committed to diverse gender and social justice issues and practice leadership skills in a setting that promotes academic excellence and community engagement. Through WILL+, students have the opportunity to work with persons of diverse backgrounds and opinions, to meet with nationally and internationally renowned speakers and activists, and to work with feminist and other social change organizations.

The minor provides a strong foundation of critical reading, writing, and thinking skills that prepare students for work or graduate school in psychology, law, social work, medicine, non-profit management, human resources, and more.

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