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The Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor

The Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor provides students with the opportunity to explore gender and sexuality from an interdisciplinary perspective. As an interdisciplinary field of study, Gender and Sexuality Studies bridges the methodological traditions of feminist studies, gay and lesbian studies, gender studies, and transgender studies. The aim of the minor is to interrogate the social, cultural, and natural frameworks through which societies create, resist, and revise normative standards for the self, the body, and social relations in culturally and historically specific ways. Key topics of inquiry include: the complex interaction between gender and sexuality as they intersect with other identity constructions such as race, class, ethnicity, nationality, or religion; the ways that gender and sexuality influence and are influenced by economics, medicine, and the law; gender and sexuality as focal points for major political contestation and struggle; and representations of gender and sexuality in creative and imaginative work in art, cinema, literature, and mass media. The minor links a common introductory course with multi-disciplinary course offerings from throughout the curriculum so that students will develop critical responses to social justice and civil discourse that are essential to careers in a diverse global community.

Requirements for the Minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies

GSS 100 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies  
GSS 420 Gender and Sexuality Studies Seminar  

Four additional elective course, no more than 2 of which may come from any one department

AMST 370 Race, Gender, and Sexuality in America*  
CJS 402 Women and the Criminal Justice System*  
ENG 220 Literary Analysis*  
POLSC 307 Gender in American Politics*  
PSYCH 215 Human Sexuality*  
PSYCH 220 Psychology of Women*  
PSYCH 230 Psychology of Men*  
SOC 316 Sociology of Gender*  

*These courses have pre-requisite requirements that do not fulfill requirements for completion of the Gender & Sexuality Studies minor. Some prerequisites may be waived with instructor permission. ENG 100 is waived for GSS minors enrolled in ENG 220; POLSC 100 is waived for GSS minors enrolled in POLSC 307.