Perspectives from an SQS Minor

Jeff Herman

“The Sexuality and Queer Studies program was an excellent opportunity for me to inform my interest and passion for issues of gender and sexuality. My SQS experience profoundly shaped my future professional goals as well as my world view.”

-Jeff Herman '14

Sexuality and Queer Studies Minor Requirements



The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department offers two minors, one in WGS, and one in Sexuality and Queer Studies (SQS).  The requirements for the SQS minor are as follows:

Sexuality and Queer Studies Minor

A. SQS 6b (Sexuality and Queer Studies). Ideally SQS 6b should be taken as the first course, as it provides an introduction to critical theories of gender and sexuality, the history of LGBTIQ activism in the United States, and methods of analysis.

B. One course focusing on the history of sexuality and gender prior to WWII or gender constructs, sexuality, and cultural systems from a comparative perspective. The following courses fulfill this requirement: ANTH 144a, ANTH 166b, CLAS 140a, COML 150b, ENG 28B, ENG 64b, ENG 120a, ENG 153A, FA 84A, HISP 121b, HIST 142b, NEJS 29a, NEJS 29b, NEJS 148b, NEJS 166a, NEJS 180a, WMGS 130b, SQS 160a. Note: ENG 57b, ENG 114b, and HIST 127b may count towards the historical requirement with the addition of a paper (or equivalent project) on the topic of sexualities and/or queer studies and prior permission of the Undergraduate Advising Head.

C. Three additional courses chosen from the list of SQS Elective Courses. Two of these three courses must be at the 100-level.  Course listing can be found in the University Bulletin.

D. Students may substitute a course from the Elective Courses (requiring a substantial paper) category listed below for one of the three required elective courses. Students taking such a course for credit toward the minor must write a paper (or undertake an equivalent project) on the topic of sexualities and/or queer studies and receive approval from the Undergraduate Advising Head prior to enrolling in the course.

E. With the approval of the Undergraduate Advising Head, students may substitute an independent study, internship, senior essay, or other capstone experience, taken under a WMGS course number, for one of these four courses. Students must submit a proposal (including the project description, methodology, and working bibliography, or, in the case of an internship, the objectives, proposed written work, and criteria of evaluation) for approval by their faculty adviser and the UAH before the end of the semester preceding that in which they will undertake the project.

F. Students who wish to minor in Sexuality and Queer Studies and major in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies may count no more than two courses toward both degrees. Students who wish to minor in Sexuality and Queer Studies and minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies may count no more than one course toward both degrees.

G. No course with a final grade below C- can count toward fulfilling the requirements for the minor in Sexuality and Queer Studies. No course counting for the minor may be taken on a pass/fail basis.