Sexuality and Gender Studies

Sexuality and Gender Studies Minor
Sexuality and Gender Studies investigates human sexuality and gender identity from a broad, interdisciplinary, and cross-cultural perspective. Over the course of history and development of diverse cultures, notions of sexuality and gender have varied. Sexuality and Gender Studies pushes beyond a binary understanding of sex and gender, while interrogating the development and maintenance of norms. For example, a minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies helps students to question how gender identity, sexuality, and ideas of “normal” work in tandem with race, ethnicity, nationality, class, disability, age, religion, and more to create social categories that result in structural, institutional, and ideological inequality and oppression. This program draws from many disciplines, each one contributing a unique perspective on how we “live” our gender and sexuality, to enable students to analyze the myriad dimensions of human identity and experience that are shaped by sexuality and gender.
Degree Types: Minor

About the Program

You might like this program if…

  • You want to translate your curiosities, experiences, passions, and interests into actionable and meaningful work.
  • You seek out inclusive environments, with persons of different backgrounds, cultures, and races to understand their points of view.
  • You are passionate about gender equity, human rights, and social justice.
  • You want to explore how gender and sexuality play a role in culture, the arts, literature, health, politics, the sciences, law, and education.
  • You see yourself as a change agent in this world!


  • Sexual Identity Over the Lifespan
  • Introduction to Queer Theory
  • Gender and Sexuality in China
  • Debates in Contemporary Feminism
  • Biology of Sex

Out-of-Classroom Experiences

Post-Graduation Opportunities

  • Graduate school to study law, healthcare, the arts, humanities, education, and science
Communications, Government, Healthcare, Human Resources, Law, Marketing

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This program is housed in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
 at Penn State University Park.
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