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Minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies


Gender and Sexuality Studies promotes an interdisciplinary approach to learning that emphasizes gender and sexuality as essential components in an understanding of our past, present, and future. Grounded in contemporary scholarship, Gender and Sexuality Studies provides students with innovative perspectives from which to analyze and assess familiar subjects. Critical and analytical skills are developed and honed as students identify and contextualize profound connections between gender, sexuality, and one’s assigned roles and statuses, and one’s access to social, economic, and political power.

Benefits to Students

Students who complete the Minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies will be well prepared to interact with others in a diverse world and will find their knowledge and skills valuable to a wide range of employers and work situations. Particularly in fields such as health sciences, social services, as well as in many retail and customer settings, employers are very much looking to find workers who have an understanding of how gender and sexuality affect and interact with their businesses and the services they provide. 

Minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Can now be completed entirely online! 

Required Courses (12 credits)

  • SOC 2201 – Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies – 3 credits – offered online fall/spring/summer
  • SOC 4412 – Sexuality and the Body – 3 credits – offered online fall
  • SOC 4421 – Families in Social Context – 3 credits – offered online fall/spring/occasionally in the summer
  • SOC/SOWK 4438 – Sexual Crimes – 3 credits – offered online spring  

Elective Courses Include (6 credits)

  • SOC 4462 – Power Class and Prestige – 3 credits
  • PSYC 2205 – Human Sexuality – 3 credit          
  • HIST 2201 – Women in U.S. History – 3 credits
  • HIST 4439 – Women in World History – 3 credits         
  • ENGL 3328 –  Gender in Literature – 3 credits  
  • CMP 4404 – Gender and Communication – 3 credits
  • SOC 4462 – Power Class and Prestige – 3 credits
  • SOC 4482 – Sociology Internship – 1 to 3 credits
  • SOC 4483 – Independent Problems in Sociology – 1 to 4 credits

For More Information:

Director of Gender and Sexuality Studies
Darci Graves, Ph.D.