Sexuality Studies Minor

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.

Requirements 

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

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

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

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.

Requirements
Core courses (at least one of the following)3
Sexuality and Visual Culture
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Culture and Literature
The History of Sexuality in America
Gender and Sexuality in Western Christianity H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Sex and Gender in Society
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Sexuality Studies H
Additional courses (see list below) 112
Total Hours15
H

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

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 Where appropriate, courses taken at Duke University or in a study abroad program also may count toward the minor.

As an example, a minor in sexuality studies could be constructed from WGST 111, AMST 269, HIST 236, HIST 535, and WGST 101, for a minimum of 15 hours from at least three departments or curricula.

Additional Courses

AAAD 232/WGST 266IDEAs in Action General Education logo Black Women in America3
AMST 269IDEAs in Action General Education logo Mating and Marriage in America3
AMST 371IDEAs in Action General Education logo LGTBQ Film and Fiction from 1950 to the Present3
ANTH 442Health and Gender after Socialism WGST 4403
ANTH/FOLK 473Anthropology of the Body and the Subject3
ANTH/LING/WGST 302IDEAs in Action General Education logo Language and Power3
ANTH/WGST 277Gender and Culture3
ANTH/WGST 443IDEAs in Action General Education logo Cultures and Politics of Reproduction3
ANTH/WGST 458IDEAs in Action General Education logo Archaeology of Sex and Gender3
ARTH 53IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Art and the Body3
ARTH 586Cultural Politics in Contemporary Art3
ASIA/JWST/PWAD 235IDEAs in Action General Education logo Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity H3
ASIA/ECON 469IDEAs in Action General Education logo Asian Economic Systems3
CLAS/WGST 242Sex and Gender in Antiquity3
CMPL 254IDEAs in Action General Education logo Horror and the Global Gothic: Film, Literature, Theory3
CMPL 453IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Erotic Middle Ages3
CMPL 468IDEAs in Action General Education logo Aestheticism3
CMPL 478IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Medieval Frame Tale: Chaucer, Boccaccio, and the Arabian Nights3
CMPL 487IDEAs in Action General Education logo Literature and the Arts of Love3
COMM 413Freud3
COMM 548Humor and Culture3
COMM 549Sexuality and Visual Culture3
COMM 652Media and Difference3
ENGL 279Migration and Globalization3
ENGL/WGST 140IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Culture and Literature3
ENGL/WGST 363IDEAs in Action General Education logo Feminist Literary Theory H3
ENGL 661Introduction to Literary Theory3
ENGL/WGST 665IDEAs in Action General Education logo Queer Latina/o Literature, Performance, and Visual Art3
ENGL/WGST 666IDEAs in Action General Education logo Queer Latina/o Photography and Literature3
FREN 285Sex, Philosophy, and Politics: Revolutionary Literature in Translation3
HIST 236IDEAs in Action General Education logo Sex and American History3
HIST 398IDEAs in Action General Education logo Undergraduate Seminar in History (with approval, based on topic) H3
HIST 535Women and Gender in African History H3
HIST 566The History of Sexuality in America3
HIST 361/WGST 360Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Histories in the United States3
HIST 475/WGST 476History of Feminism H3
HIST/WGST 479History of Female Sexualities 3
JWST/RELI 444/WGST 448Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Judaism3
PLAN 52/WGST 51IDEAs in Action General Education logo First-Year Seminar: Race, Sex, and Place in America3
POLI/WGST 265IDEAs in Action General Education logo Feminism and Political Theory3
RELI/WGST 244Gender and Sexuality in Western Christianity H3
RELI/WGST 424IDEAs in Action General Education logo Gender Theory and the Study of Religion3
RELI/WGST 450IDEAs in Action General Education logo Sexuality in Jewish Tradition and History3
RUSS 273Russian Culture and Society: 1890-19173
RUSS 277Love, Sex, and Marriage in Soviet Culture3
SOCI/WGST 124IDEAs in Action General Education logo Sex and Gender in Society3
WGST 101IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Women's Studies H3
WGST 231IDEAs in Action General Education logo Gender and Popular Culture3
WGST 285African American Women in the Media3
WGST 388IDEAs in Action General Education logo The International Politics of Sexual and Reproductive Health3
WGST 410IDEAs in Action General Education logo Comparative Queer Politics3
WGST 460IDEAs in Action General Education logo The Social Construction of Gendered Bodies3
WGST 553Theorizing Black Feminisms3
WGST 610IDEAs in Action General Education logo Feminism, Sexuality, and Human Rights3
H

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

See the program page here for special opportunities.

Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

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208 Smith Building, CB# 3135

(919) 962-3908

Director, Sexuality Studies

Karen Booth

kmbooth@email.unc.edu

Chair

Ariana Vigil

avigil@email.unc.edu

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Tanya Shields

tshields@unc.edu