LGBTQ- Sexuality Studies Minor Only

LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer/Sexuality studies is an interdisciplinary field that examines the identities, experiences, and social positions of people often referred to as sexual minorities. The field also examines sexual behaviors, identities, and communities as sex plays a key role in many people’s lives. LGBTQ/Sexuality studies has origins in many disciplines, including Anthropology, Art, English, History, Media Studies, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, Theatre, and Women’s and Gender Studies, among others. The field includes topics such as: identity formation of non‐heterosexual sexualities, non‐gender binary identities, health and wellbeing of sexual minorities, subcultural groups, the politics of identity, and representations of queer lives in popular culture. This minor acknowledges that sexuality is an important distinguishing factor of our lives on par with race, social class, and gender.

The LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies minor will offer students courses that complement and support their majors in many ways. The minor is intentionally flexible and interdisciplinary. Students who complete this minor will gain increased knowledge in the following:
‐ sexual identity, orientation, and behaviors, including heterosexualities homosexualities, gay sexualities, lesbian sexualities, bisexualities, queer sexualities, etc.
‐ gender identities including trans* gender, genderqueer, trans man, trans woman, gender non‐conforming, etc.
‐ sexology, or the study of sex and sexual behaviors, and human sexuality broadly
‐ sexual health such as STIs, HIV, and sexual reproduction
‐ theories of identity development, queer theory, and other social theories related to sexuality
‐ intersectionality of sexuality with race, class, gender, religion, ability, nationality, and other social characteristics
‐ diversity of human behavior and experience as it relates to sex and sexuality. 

Minors Offered

LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies Minor

Other information

All coursework taken for the LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies minor must be completed with a grade of “C“ or better.


The LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies minor is a minor option under Women’s and Gender Studies. The advisor for the program is Dr. Jay Irwin. For more information, please contact him at or 402-554-2976.