Minor in Sexuality Studies

Advisors: Rita Melendez and Christopher Carrington

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The Minor in Sexuality Studies provides students with knowledge about human sexuality including basic knowledge about sexual behavior, human reproduction, intimate relationships, sexuality and evolution, sexual attraction, arousal and response, sexual dysfunction, sexually-transmitted infections and diseases, contraception and safer sexual practices, sexual and gender orientations, sexual and intimate partner violence as well as, sexuality across the life course. The Minor also provides students with an interdisciplinary approach  enabling students to appreciate the importance of biological, cultural, ecological, economic, historical, psychological, and sociological contexts for understanding human sexuality. Students can use the Minor in Human Sexuality Studies to complement their majors. The program provides an opportunity to gain basic knowledge; develop an awareness of attitudes; and to acquire skills for counseling, teaching, and conducting research. The minor is unique because there are few others like it in the US, but also because it takes a multi-disciplinary perspective on human sexuality. With proper advising it is possible to use these courses to fulfill some undergraduate major, minor, and General Education requirements.


These forms was created to help our minor students in planning their enrollment in classes. The listed semesters for the class offerings are based on our class schedule in recent years.

  • Sexuality Studies Minor Form: [Effective Spring 2015]  Courses CANNOT be double counted to fulfil more than ONE requirement within the Sexuality Studies Minor.  Courses can be double counted to fulfill requirements in your Major, in General Education and for a Second Minor.
  • Declare Minor Form: Fill out form and bring to department office in HSS 370 for undergraduate advisor approval.
  • Minor Substitution Form: Please print form, fill out and take with you when meeting with the advisor when substituting your required classes for the minor.

The Sexuality Studies Minor consists of 18-20 units of undergraduate study.  Students can double-count courses they take for General Education (both lower and upper division) as a part of completing the Sexuality Studies Minor. Additionally, students cannot take courses for the Minor as CR/NC.


Total Number of Units for Minor: 18-20


Students should try to complete SXS 110/ SOC 110 or SXS 300 before taking any further courses in the minor. (These courses may, however, be taken concurrently).

Introductory Courses

Course Number Course Description Units
SXS/SOC 110 Sexuality & Society or 3
SXS 300 Introduction to Human Sexuality  3

Core Courses

Students are required to complete requirements in each of the three areas listed below.

Biological and Health Aspects of Sexuality

Choose one course from the following:

Course Number Course Description Units
BIO 322 Human Sexuality: Integrative Science 3
BIO 327 AIDS: Biology of the Modern Epidemic 3
BIO 330 Biology of Human Sexuality 3
HED 303 Health Disparities & Sexual & Gender Minority Communities 3
SXS 601 Sexuality, Ethnicity & Health 3

Social Scientific Aspects of Human Sexuality

Choose one course from the following:

Course Number Course Description Units
PLSI 381 Political Theories of Sexuality 4
PSY/SXS 320 Sex and Relationships 3
PSY/SXS 436 Psychology of Human Sexual Behavior 3
PSY/SXS 456 Development of Maleness and Femaleness 4
SXS/SOC 400 / PSY 450 Variations in Human Sexuality 3
SXS 421 Homophobia & Coming Out 3
SXS 455 Sex, Power & Politics 3
SXS 678 Disability & Sexuality 3

Cultural, Ethnic, Racial and Sexual Diversity & Human Sexuality

Choose one course from the following:

Course Number Course Description Units
AAS 584 Asian American Sexualities 3
AIS/SXS/WGS 440 Native Sexualities & Queer Discourse 3
ANTH 415/ SXS 438 Culture & Sex in East Asia 3
ANTH 569/ SXS 567 Cross-cultural Aspects of Sex & Gender 3
LTNS/WGS 505 Gender, Sexuality, & Latino Communities 3
RRS 375 Queer Arabs in the U.S. 3
RRS 380 Coloring Queer: Imaging Communities 3
SXS/SOC 400/ PSY 450 Variations in Human Sexuality 3
SXS 458 Introduction to Transgender Studies 3
SXS 467/ SOC 667 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer Cultures & Society 4
WGS 552 Transgender Identities & Communities 3

Arts and Humanistic Aspects of Human Sexuality

Choose one course from the following:

Course Number Course Description Units
ART 403/SXS 405 Queer Art History 3
CIN/SXS 332 Understanding Representation & Narration of Sexuality in Cinema 3
CIN 541 Race, Sex & Identity 3
CLAS/SXS 530 Gender & Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome 3
ENG 633 Gay Love & Literature 3
HIST 313 Comparative History of Love & Sexuality 3
SXS 314 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual History 3
HUM 390 Images of Eroticism 3
PHIL/SXS 369 Philosophical Issues in Sexuality 3
PHIL 445/ SXS 469 Sex & Morality 3
PHIL 455/ SXS 569 Sex & the Law 3
WGS/SXS 551 Queer Literatures & Media 3
WGS 611 Theories of Female Sexuality 3


Students cannot enroll in the colloquium course until completing all other minor requirements

Course Number Course Description  Units
SXS 680 Colloquium in Human Sexuality 3

Total Number of Units for Minor: 18-20