The new Minor in Sexuality Studies, administered through the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies, offers an interdisciplinary approach to a fast growing field of study. Sexuality will be examined in its historical context and through current social, political, and cultural practices. The complex role of gender identities-gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and heterosexual-will also be analyzed. Students will be introduced to a diverse range of topics: queer theory and politics, marriage and the family, gay and lesbian parenting, human rights and diversity, law and sexuality, pornography and censorship, reproductive rights, and HIV/AIDS activism.

Students will explore questions such as:

  • How have sexualities been defined and represented historically?
  • What new sexualities and sexes/genders have emerged in different periods and locations?
  • What is the relationship between sexuality and socio-economic and/or cultural practices?
  • How has globalization had an impact on sexuality studies?
  • What research approaches and critical methods are available for addressing sexuality in its multiple dimensions?

The Minor consists of two required 0.5 credit courses in Sexuality Studies and 3.0 credits chosen from a list of existing courses drawn from the various contributing departments. The program will be of particular interest to those who are interested in Sexuality Studies in general and/or to those who plan to work or are working in national and international community organizations involved with HIV/AIDS, human rights, marriage debates, reproduction rights and technologies, youth health, and hate crime issues and policies.