Why study women, gender and sexuality studies?

Because much of what people think they know about women, gender, and sex is myth.   Our department seeks to produce intellectually rigorous, analytical and creative work that embodies the perspective of gender in its local and global dimensions through teaching, research, and outreach activities.

Requirements for the Minor

Human Sexuality Minor Course Requirements

The minor requires 18 hours. At least 12 hours must be at the junior/senior (300+) level or higher. Students selecting this minor must complete the following:

Introductory Survey (3)
WGSS 101Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies3
or WGSS 102 Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Honors
or WGSS 111 Introduction to Human Sexuality Studies
Survey Course of Human Sexuality (3)3
Satisfied by one of the following:
Health and Human Sexuality
Human Sexuality
Human Sexuality in Everyday Life
Methods (3)
WGSS 301Research Methods in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies3
Human Sexuality Discipline Perspective (6)
Human Sexuality Discipline Perspective. Satisfied by 2 core courses (6 hours) with a primary focus on sexuality. Students should take at least 1 humanities course and at least 1 social or biological science course. 6
Humanities Perspective. Satisfied by 1 of the following approved humanities electives:
Sex in History
Perspectives in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
Skin, Sex, and Disease
Gender, Sexuality and the Law
Sexuality and Gender in African History
Gender and Sexuality in Greek Culture
Gender and Sexuality in Roman Culture
Sexual Politics in Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Sexual Politics in Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Love, Sexuality and Gender in Japanese Literature
Global Environmental Literature
History of Sexuality
Philosophy of Sex and Love
Religious Perspectives on Selfhood and Sexuality
Gender and Religion
Social Science or Biological Science Perspective. Satisfied by 1 of the following approved social or biological science elective:
The Politics of Physical Appearance
Women and Violence
Sex and Gender in New Media
Love, Sex, and Globalization
Politics of Reproductive Policy
Conceptual Issues in Human Sexuality
Anthropology of Sex
Religion, Power, and Sexuality in Arab Societies
Intimate Relationships
Human Sexuality
Conceptual Issues in Human Sexuality
Sociology of Sex Roles
Gender and Society
Human Sexuality in Everyday Life
Human Sexuality Required Electives (3)3
Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from any course above not used to satisfy a requirement or any of the following:
Studies in: _____ (can be petitioned to count towards other requirements)
Contemporary Health Issues in Africa
Introduction to Marriage and Family Relations
Psychology of Adolescence
American Identities
American Identities, Honors
American Identities, Honors
The Anthropology of Gender: Female, Male, and Beyond
Being Deviant in America
Relational Communication
Communication and Gender
The Rhetoric of Women's Rights
US Diversity in Visual Culture
History, Women, and Diversity in the U.S.
History of Women and the Body
Men and Masculinities
Contemporary Feminist Political Theory
Stereotyping and Prejudice Across Cultures
Politics of Identity
Psychology of Women
The Psychology of Families
Loving Relationships
Sociology of Families
Health, Gender, and Society
Women and Health Care
Families and Social Inequalities
Independent Study (can be petitioned to count towards other requirements)
Service Learning in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (can be petitioned to count towards other requirements)

Other Information

Other courses might count by petition in any of the above categories depending on their content. Such courses could include special topics courses (e.g., WGSS/ WGSS 696 Studies in: ____; ENGL 590 Studies in:____; PSYC 690 Seminar: ____), new courses, or other course. For more information, see the department’s website, or contact the department. 1 course overlap is allowed between major requirements and minor requirements. Courses with a blank (____) at the end of their titles are typically topics or seminar courses that may be repeated for credit. Usually these courses offer different topics each time they are taught. Students should check with the course instructor about the requirements to take the course and what the topic will be when it is offered. )

Human Sexuality Minor Hours & Minor GPA

While completing all required courses, minors must also meet each of the following hour and GPA minimum standards:

Minor Hours
Satisfied by 18 hours of minor courses.

Minor Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the minor.

Minor Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 12 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the minor.

Minor Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in all departmental courses in the minor. GPA calculations include all departmental courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.