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Sexuality Studies Minor

Explore Sexuality and its Cultural, Historical, and Societal Impact.

If you have an interest in sex, gender, or sexuality — whether personally, professionally, or as an activist — consider pursuing the Sexuality Studies Minor. 

The Sexuality Studies Minor at UMass Boston is an interdisciplinary program that explores the dynamics of sexual identities, gender identities, and gender roles. It examines the influence of these subjects on our daily lives, cultural institutions, political discourses, and media representations.

Through the curriculum, you’ll learn about a range of topics, including reproductive rights, queer and transgender communities, and the science of human sexuality. 

A minor in Sexuality Studies can help you build knowledge and skills relevant to a wide variety of careers in education, health, medicine, social work, public policy, community development, human resources, and more.

Expand Your Studies

How To Apply/Declare

Current Undergraduate Students: Declare or change your minor by completing an Undergraduate Program Add/Change form.

Prospective Undergraduate Students: Apply for admission to UMass Boston by completing an application. Start by reviewing the first-year and transfer application pages for important information about requirements, deadlines, and application status checks. Use the links below to apply: 

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Curriculum

Core Courses (9 Credits)

  • WGS 100 - Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexualities in the United States 3 Credit(s)
  • WGS 201 - Introduction to Sexuality Studies 3 Credit(s)
  • POLSCI 451 - Queer Theory & Politics 3 Credit(s)

Electives (9 Credits)

Complete three courses from the list below. At least one course must be 300-level or higher.

  • WGS 207L - Queer Visual Culture: Sexuality, Gender, and Visual Representation 3 Credit(s)
  • WGS 210G - Gendered Bodies 3 Credit(s) OR
  • WGS 227GL - Gender & Sexuality in South Asia 3 Credit(s) OR
  • ASIAN 227GL - Gender & Sexuality in South Asia 3 Credit(s)  OR
  • WGS 230G - Reproductive Rights and Wrongs 3 Credit(s)
  • WGS 215L - Gender & Communication 3 Credit(s)
  • WGS 257L - Queer Literature and History in the 20th Century US 3 Credit(s)
  • WGS 268 - Global Bodies: Sex, Families, and Reproductive Rights in Transnational Perspective 3 Credit(s)
  • WGS 302L - Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities 3 Credit(s)
  • WGS 310L - Love, Sex, and Media Effects 3 Credit(s)
  • WGS 325L - Sexual Identities in American Culture 3 Credit(s)
  • WGS 345 - Gender, Religion and Politics in South Asia 3 Credit(s)
  • WGS 350 - Introduction to Queer and Transgender Studies 3 Credit(s)
  • WGS 360 - Gender, Culture, and Power 3 Credit(s)
  • AMST 228L - Asian Women in the United States 3 Credit(s)
  • AMST 257L - Queer Literature and History in the 20th Century US 3 Credit(s)
  • AMST 325L - Sexual Identities in American Culture 3 Credit(s)
  • ANTH 364 - Anthropology of Adolescence: Biocultural Interactions 3 Credit(s)
  • ART 207L - Queer Visual Culture: Sexuality, Gender, and Visual Representation 3 Credit(s)
  • ASAMST 228L - Asian Women in the United States 3 Credit(s)
  • COMM 215L - Gender & Communication 3 Credit(s)
  • COMM 310L - Love, Sex, and Media Effects 3 Credit(s)
  • CSP 302L - Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identities 3 Credit(s)
  • ENGL 257L - Queer Literature and History in the 20th Century US 3 Credit(s)
  • ENGL 370 - Reading Sexualities: Queer Theory 3 Credit(s)
  • HIST 257L - Queer Literature and History in the 20th Century US 3 Credit(s)
  • HONORS 290 - Special Topics 3 Credit(s) : Sexuality and Social Change
  • PSYCH 236 - The Psychology of Women 3 Credit(s)
  • PSYCH 468 - Science of Human Sexuality 3 Credit(s)

Completion Requirements

Complete 18 credits from six courses, including three core courses and three electives.

Pass/fail: No more than one course taken pass/fail may be applied toward the minor.
Residency: No more than three courses from another institution may be applied toward the minor.

Contact

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department
Wheatley Hall, 5th Floor, Room 4A
617.287.6780
Womens.Studies [@] umb.edu

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