Theories and Politics of Sexuality


The Theories and Politics of Sexuality minor is useful for anyone who is curious about the place of sexuality and the institutions and practices organized around it (marriage, reproduction, the law, etc.) in life and culture.

About this Program

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The Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Research advances research, teaching, and leadership on how multiple systems of power intertwine to shape culture, society, and people’s lived experiences. Students explore how gender, class, race, sexuality, and other systems of power shape important domains such as health, work, culture, media, politics, leadership, and organizations. Students also learn how to put this knowledge into practice to transform these systems


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Students pursuing the women's studies major are not eligible to receive the minor in theories and politics of sexuality (TPS).

  • 18 credits of approved coursework
    • 3 credits of either WST 3603 or ENG 4844 (If a student wants to take both classes, one can count as an elective)
    • 15 credits of TPS approved electives as designated on the Women’s Studies website. See the Courses page for listings each semester.
  • Students may count three credits of WST 2611 or WST 2612 or select Quest courses towards their elective credits for the minor; the remaining 15 credits must be at the 3000-level or above.
  • No more than three credits of independent study may apply to the minor.
  • All courses must be passed with minimum grades of C except internships, which are taken S/U.
  • Six transfer credits can apply toward the minor.
  • Students must complete a minimum of six credits of coursework exclusive to the minor that cannot count toward the major(s) or other minors.

Each semester, classes approved for this minor will be listed on the Women’s Studies courses webpage and flagged TPS.
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Required Courses

WST 3603Sexualities Studies3
or ENG 4844 Queer Theory
Women's studies-approved TPS electives (3000 level or above) 115
Total Credits18

3 credits of WST 2611 or WST 2612 may be substituted for one 3 credit 3000-level approved elective.