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Gender and Sexuality Studies

Gender and sexuality studies has a vital role to play as our society attempts to grapple with evolving gender roles and changing attitudes toward sexuality. In politics, the media, education and our communities, students trained in gender and sexuality have fertile ground in which to make a difference. Students in this minor will explore how gender and sexuality roles and expectations have been produced and shaped by social institutions such as politics, religion, family, media, medicine, education and art.

Why Choose Gender and Sexuality Studies at SU?

Students in the gender and sexuality studies minor gain marketable skills such as critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving and an appreciation for diversity. The program also provides opportunities for students to supplement their academic experiences. For example, students may participate in Women’s History Month events or Take Back the Night, a statewide conference of the University System of Maryland Women’s Forum. They also volunteer at local nonprofit organizations.

Students may also become members of several student organizations such as Women in Never-ending Kinnections, Campus Against Violence, Women in Leadership and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning Alliance (LGBTQ Alliance).

The gender and sexuality studies minor consists of five courses, with distribution requirements directing students into courses from a minimum of three departments, with no more than two courses in one department. Only one course may be used to meet a General Education requirement, and at least three courses must be completed at SU. Grades of C or better are required in all courses applicable to the minor. 

Students must complete four courses in at least two disciplines from the following:

  • ART 335 Women in Art
  • CMAT 304 Communication, Gender and Culture
  • CMAT 405 Family Communication
  • CMAT 490 Communication Seminar
  • ENGL 258 American Women Writers of Color
  • ENGL 300 Studies in English
  • ENGL 338 Literature of the Queer
  • ENGL 342 Women in Literature
  • ENGL 401 Studies in Film
  • ENGL 461 Feminist Literature and Theory
  • GSST/HIST 213 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • HIST 375 Topics in American Studies
  • HIST 377 Women in Early American History
  • HIST 378 Women in Modern America
  • HIST 490 Studies in History
  • PHIL 310 Philosophical Topics
  • PHIL 316 Philosophy and Feminism
  • POSC 205 Women in Politics
  • PSYC 325 Psychology of Sexuality
  • PSYC 334 Psychology of Women
  • SOCI 301 Studies in Sociology
  • SOCI 314 Sociology of Gender
  • SOCI 325 Sexuality, Alternatives and Society
  • SOCI 363 Global Gender Equity
  • Independent Study

Students must also complete the interdisciplinary capstone course GSST 485 Gender and Sexuality Studies Capstone Seminar.

For a more in-depth study, SU also offers an interdisciplinary studies major with a gender and sexuality studies track.

Review our program’s specific curriculum requirements with this helpful checklist.