Sexuality Studies Minor

Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

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Ariana Vigil, Professor

Ariana Vigil, Chair

Tanya Shields, 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 nine hours of their minor "core" 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 five courses required for the minor must include at least one core course and involve work in at least three different 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 H
Additional courses (see list below) 112
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.

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 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 Socialism WGST 4403
ANTH/FOLK 473Anthropology of the Body and the Subject3
ANTH/LING/WGST 302Language and Power3
ANTH/WGST 277Gender and Culture3
ANTH/WGST 443Cultures and Politics of Reproduction3
ANTH/WGST 458Archaeology of Sex and Gender3
ARTH 53First-Year Seminar: Art and the Body3
ARTH 586Cultural Politics in Contemporary Art3
ASIA/JWST/PWAD 235Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity H3
ASIA/ECON 469Asian Economic Systems3
CLAS/WGST 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 279Migration and Globalization3
ENGL/WGST 140Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Culture and Literature3
ENGL/WGST 363Feminist Literary Theory H3
ENGL 661Introduction to Literary Theory3
ENGL/WGST 665Queer Latina/o Literature, Performance, and Visual Art3
ENGL/WGST 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) 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 476Feminist Movements in the United States since 1945 H3
HIST/WGST 479History of Female Sexualities in the West3
JWST/RELI 444/WGST 448Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Judaism3
PLAN 52/WGST 51First-Year Seminar: Race, Sex, and Place in America3
POLI/WGST 265Feminism and Political Theory3
RELI/WGST 244Gender and Sexuality in Western Christianity H3
RELI/WGST 424Gender Theory and the Study of Religion3
RELI/WGST 450Sexuality in Jewish Tradition and History3
RUSS 273Russian Culture and Society: 1890-19173
RUSS 277Love, Sex, and Marriage in Soviet Culture3
SOCI/WGST 124Sex and Gender in Society3
WGST 101Introduction to Women's Studies H3
WGST 231Gender and Popular Culture3
WGST 285African American Women in the Media3
WGST 388The International Politics of Sexual and Reproductive Health3
WGST 410Comparative Queer Politics3
WGST 460The Social Construction of Gendered Bodies3
WGST 553Theorizing Black Feminisms3
WGST 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 the program page here for special opportunities.