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.
TOTAL UNITS: 18-20
One Core course (4 units)
Women and Gender Studies 170, "Queer Studies"
Two Elective courses (7-8 units) from the following:
Anthropology 139 BN, "Gender and Sexuality"
English 186, "Literature, Gender, and Sexuality"
Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine 163,
"Peer Counselors in Sexuality Training"
History 184, "History of Sexuality in America"
Human Development 12, "Human Sexuality"
Psychology 158, "Sexual Orientation and Prejudice"
Science and Society 15, "AIDS and Society"
Women and Gender Studies 70, "Theory and History of Sexualities"
Sufficient courses from Additional Course List (below) or seminars/individual study by petition to achieve a total of 18-20 units.
Additional Course List:
American Studies 115, "Living 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 and FAQ
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.
- Can I count courses I have already taken toward the minor?
- Yes, as long as you have not graduated you may declare a minor and any qualifying courses you have taken will count toward it.
- What if a required course has a prerequisite?
- You are expected to fulfill the prerequisite for all listed courses. However, you may contact the instructor to see if he or she will arrange waive that requirement by giving you a Permission to Add (PTA) slip.
- Why "Sexuality Studies" and not "LGBT" or "Queer Studies?"
- Faculty and staff reviewers wanted the name to reflect the content of courses already in the UCD catalogue, most of which had the word "sexuality" in their title or description, rather than "LGBT" or "queer." Those who designed the minor also assume that all courses will inquire critically into the construction of heterosexuality as well as exploring issues in LGBT and queer sexuality.
- Will new courses be added to the minor?
- A: We hope so! Faculty are encouraged to design new courses as the field of Sexuality Studies grows and changes.