Sexuality Studies Minor

Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

208 Smith Building, CB# 3135

(919) 962-3908

Professor Richard Cante, Director of Sexuality Studies

Professor Ariana Vigil, Director of Undergraduate Studies

The minor in sexuality studies coordinates scholars and students from a range of disciplines to study, teach, and create knowledge about human sexuality in its myriad functions and forms.

Department Programs




In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least 9 credits of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The minor consists of five courses. Where appropriate, courses taken at Duke University or in a study abroad program also may count toward the minor. The five courses required for the minor must include at least one core course and involve work in at least three different departments or curricula. As an example, a minor in sexuality studies could be constructed from WMST 111, AMST 269, HIST 236, HIST 467, and WMST 101, for a minimum of 15 hours from at least three departments or curricula.

Core courses (at least one of the following)3
Sexuality and Visual Culture
Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Culture and Literature
The History of Sexuality in America
Gender and Sexuality in Western Christianity H
Sex and Gender in Society
Introduction to Sexuality Studies
Additional courses (see list below)12
Total Hours15

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Additional Courses

AAAD 232/WMST 266Black Women in America3
AMST 269Mating and Marriage in American Culture3
AMST 371LGTBQ Film and Fiction from 1950 to the Present3
ANTH 442Health and Gender after Socialism3
ANTH/FOLK 473Anthropology of the Body and the Subject3
ANTH/LING/WMST 302Language and Power3
ANTH/WMST 277Gender and Culture3
ANTH/WMST 443Cultures and Politics of Reproduction3
ANTH/WMST 458Archaeology of Sex and Gender3
ARTH 53First-Year Seminar: Art and the Body3
ARTH 586Cultural Politics in Contemporary Art3
ASIA 235Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity H3
ASIA/ECON 469Asian Economic Systems3
CLAS/WMST 242Sex and Gender in Antiquity3
CMPL 254Horror and the Global Gothic: Film, Literature, Theory3
CMPL 453The Erotic Middle Ages3
CMPL 468Aestheticism3
CMPL 478The Medieval Frame Tale: Chaucer, Boccaccio, and the Arabian Nights3
CMPL 487Literature and the Arts of Love3
COMM 413Freud3
COMM 548Humor and Culture3
COMM 549Sexuality and Visual Culture3
COMM 652Media and Difference3
ENGL 365Migration and Globalization H3
ENGL 661Introduction to Literary Theory3
ENGL/WMST 140Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Culture and Literature3
ENGL/WMST 363Feminist Literary Theory H3
ENGL/WMST 665Queer Latina/o Literature, Performance, and Visual Art3
ENGL/WMST 666Queer Latina/o Photography and Literature3
FREN 285Sex, Philosophy, and Politics: Revolutionary Literature in Translation3
HIST 236Sex and American History3
HIST 398Undergraduate Seminar in History (with approval, based on topic)3
HIST 467Society and Family in Early Modern Europe3
HIST 535Women and Gender in African History3
HIST 566The History of Sexuality in America3
HIST 361/WMST 360Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Histories in the United States3
HIST 475/WMST 476Feminist Movements in the United States since 1945 H3
HIST/WMST 479History of Female Sexualities in the West3
JAPN 161Geisha in History, Fiction, and Fantasy3
JWST/RELI 444Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Judaism3
PLAN 52/WMST 51First-Year Seminar: Race, Sex, and Place in America3
POLI/WMST 218Politics of Sexuality3
POLI/WMST 265Feminism and Political Theory3
PUBH 423AIDS Service3
RELI/WMST 244Gender and Sexuality in Western Christianity H3
RELI/WMST 424Gender Theory and the Study of Religion3
RELI/WMST 450Sexuality in Jewish Tradition and History3
RUSS 273Russian Culture and Society: 1890-19173
RUSS 277Love, Sex, and Marriage in Soviet Culture3
SOCI/WMST 124Sex and Gender in Society3
WMST 101Introduction to Women's Studies H3
WMST 231Gender and Popular Culture3
WMST 285African American Women in the Media3
WMST 388The International Politics of Sexual and Reproductive Health3
WMST 410Comparative Queer Politics3
WMST 550The Social Construction of Women's Bodies3
WMST 553Theorizing Black Feminisms3
WMST 610Feminism, Sexuality, and Human Rights3

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

See program page here for special opportunities.