Sexuality and Gender Studies

  • Kathy McCleaf, coordinator

    Studies in gender and sexuality range from theoretical to practical, from institutional to individual, and from policy to practice. Students will explore the multiple dimensions of sexuality and gender framed in biological, psychological, and sociocultural analyses. An investigation of this field of study will be useful for students entering into multiple disciplines, such as sociology, psychology, and education as well as pre-professional programs such as health care and social work. The interdisciplinary minor in sexuality and gender studies, grounded in the social sciences, offers students an opportunity to examine the field of sexuality and gender through a bio-psycho-sociocultural perspective. Students interested in declaring a major in Sexuality and Gender Studies should contact Kathy McCleaf for curriculum options to design an Independent Major.

  • Requirements for the Minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies
    18 semester hours

    One of the following: SOC 100, ANTH 120 or PSYC 111 as pre- or co-requisite for SGS 261 or SGS 263 or SGS 275
    Select two of the following: SGS 261, SGS 263, or SGS 275
    One of the following: SGS 226, SGS 235, SGS 263, SGS 275, SGS 338, SGS 215/315, or SGS 245
    One of the following: HCA 235, SOWK 235, SOWK 353, WS 240, or other approved substitution

  • Civic Engagement Opportunities

    SGS 226 Culture and Wellness and CE 255 Assisting Local Food Programs, taught by Kathy McCleaf, provide students opportunities for civic engagement and applications to better understand class and gender. Students receive 3 credit hours attributed to civic engagement when participating in CE 255 and may contract for CE hours in SGS 226 beyond what is required in the course.

  • 215, 315 Topics in Sexuality and Gender Studies (3 s.h.)
    Special topics in sexuality and gender studies include but are not limited to studies in masculinities, bisexuality, sexual consumerism, research issues and methods in sexuality and gender studies, sexuality and the schools, constructions of sexual minority male and female cultures, religion and sexuality, and ethnicity and sexuality. This course may count as an elective towards the completion of a major in Sociology.

    226 Culture and Wellness: Understanding Access (3 s.h.)
    Students examine intersections of ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, and class as they impact access to wellness. This course counts as a select elective towards the completion of a major in Sociology.

    235 Gender, Sex, and the Military (3 s.h.) (G)
    Students will focus on current issues in the U.S. military representing constructions of gender — with a focus on masculinity. Students will engage in a critical investigation of the recent transitions to the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. In addition, students will exam the history, politics, and constructions of a modern day warrior as it relates to American society and those individuals serving in the military. Students will also examine foreign militaries and make comparative analysis relative to access with regard to issues of religion, sex, class, and race.

    245 Gender and Sport (3 s.h.) (G)
    Conversations will guide class explorations regarding current and historical performance, participation, and politics in sport relative to gender, sexual orientation, class and race. Special emphasis will be placed on women’s sport experience. Cross listed as WS 245.

    261 Sexual Minorities (3 s.h.) (S, O)
    Students examine sexual minority culture. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transpersons’ experiences will be explored utilizing an interdisciplinary approach. Discussion topics will include civil rights, access to education, ethnicity, religion, health and other bio-psycho-social cultural issues. Coursework will include understanding and reflecting on our heterocentric culture while examining select theories in sexual identity development, gender variance, and sexual orientation. This course counts as an elective towards the completion of a major in Sociology or a major in Anthropology/Sociology.

    263 Dimensions of Human Sexuality (3 s.h.) (S, R)
    Students are provided opportunities to develop a level of sexual literacy. Scholarly inquiry will aid personal decisions regarding sexuality while building awareness of the institutional and cultural factors that affect policy and cultural ideologies relative to gender and sexuality. Research efforts that apply critical examination skills will be honed as students explore topics such as intimacy, assertiveness, internet dating, and sexual consumerism.

    275 Trans Communities (3 s.h.) (G, W)
    Students are provided with an opportunity to explore and better understand those identified (by self or by other) with a gender variance outside of the binary constructs of male and female. An examination of the history, biology, theory, and psycho-social-cultural ideologies that frame the lives of this subset of sexual minorities will guide the student’s reading, discussion, and research. This course counts as an elective in the Sociology major. *Prerequisite: SGS 263 or SGS 261 or instructor permission.

    338 Theories in Sexuality and Gender Studies (3 s.h.) (G, W)
    Students are provided an opportunity to examine select theoretical frames that inform the study of sexuality and gender. Beginning with a variety of readings in gender, LGBT, and queer theories, students will discuss and research scholarly works and engage in discourse about the intersections and contributions of each as they inform the field of sexuality and gender studies. This course counts as a select elective towards the completion of a major in Sociology. *Prerequisite: SGS 263 or SGS 261 or instructor permission.