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The Minor in Sexual Diversity Studies

Course Requirements for the Minor: 21 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

Minor Core: 6 units

2 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisites: MCGS 155 or WMST 170 recommended.
An exploration of current scholarship in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer theories, issues, and communities. Grounded in feminist scholarship, the course examines LGBTQ identity construction and formation through media, politics, sex/sexuality, science, and the law. Specific focus will vary from semester to semester. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (009639)

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: MCGS 155 or WMST 170 recommended.
An exploration of current scholarship in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer theories, issues, and communities. Grounded in feminist scholarship, the course examines LGBTQ identity construction and formation through media, politics, sex/sexuality, science, and the law. Specific focus will vary from semester to semester. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (021360)
SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Recommended: MCGS 155, MCGS 310, or WMST 170.
An exploration of how science and culture have affected people's understandings of gender and sexuality, in both Western and non-Western cultures, from ancient times to the present. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. Formerly MCGS 380. (005642)

Humanities: 3 units

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
This course is also offered as THEA 315.
A study of identity as expressed through performance in theatre and other media. The course focuses on issues of race, gender, and sexuality. Students see live performances, read classic and contemporary performance texts, and gain exposure to key figures who engage with identity politics in performance in the contemporary consciousness. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (009520)
Recommended: MCGS 310.
This course focuses on the hidden history of intersectional and internationalist queer and trans people of color activism, artistry, and scholarship. Course includes readings, films, videos, writing practice, and analysis; the latter half of the semester will focus on oral history texts and scholarship that uses oral history as a research methodology, which will serve as a guiding reference for students' own oral history projects. 3 hours lecture. (022190)
This course studies the many ways religion shapes gender and sexuality in different cultures and historical periods. It examines how religion affects the social expectations and experiences of women, men, and other genders as well as how religion helps define and regulate sexual behavior, sexual identities, and sexual possibilities. 3 hours seminar. (021634)
This course is also offered as HIST 443.
This course explores the political, economic, legal, social, and cultural dimensions of early American gender history, running from pre-contact Native American society through the period of the early American republic. It examines women's daily lives and experiences, illustrating shifting definitions of femininity and masculinity as crosscut by race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, region, and religion. Through discussion, readings, and research, this seminar illustrates themes that circumscribed women's opportunities in early America: sexuality, reproduction, and women's bodies; the political and legal status of women; women's labor, paid and unpaid; women in war; education and literacy; and consumption, among others. 3 hours lecture. (021864)

Social Science: 3 units

A course taken to fulfill the Social Science requirement may not also fulfill the Social Justice requirement.

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: Junior standing.
This topical course is designed for students who wish to develop a broader and deeper understanding of children's gender and sexuality development. Students study multiple theoretical explanations of gender and sexuality development, and learn how biological, social, cultural, and cognitive influences impact concepts of gender and sexuality. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. This is an approved General Education course. (021356)
Prerequisite: CHLX 157 or MCGS 310W.
An in-depth study of gender and sexuality diversity within Latinx communities, this course delves into gender and sexuality based societal expectations and resistance to them. Explore gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other lived experiences of diverse groups such as Chican@, Xicano, Latnix, and Blacktinos 3 hours lecture. (021868)
This course is also offered as POLS 401W.
Students examine how the law (made by judges, legislators, and voters) has influenced and continues to influence the lives of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals. Students critically analyze how the rights of sexual minorities have developed or failed to develop. The class includes discussion of gay movements' politics, accomplishments, and opponents. Finally, contemporary issues surrounding legal and political issues that impact sexual minorities are addressed. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (020186)
This course is also offered as CHLX 458, WMST 458.
The course provides in-depth and advanced study of theories, analyses, and practical applications of leadership styles and structures, prioritizing those which consciously incorporate intersectional, inclusive, non-hierarchical and feminist approaches that center the marginalized. The course is meant to enhance practical leadership experiences as well as prepare you for the field of leadership in social justice movements, including the non-profit sector, government and policy advocacy. Additionally, a focus on learning to sustain ourselves and those we work with are a core area of study. 3 hours lecture. (021916)
Prerequisites: MCGS 155, WMST 170.
This course is also offered as CHLX 480, WMST 480.
An interdisciplinary and transnational study of sex work, sex tourism, pornography, queer desire, and BDSM, as well as an introduction to transgender history and transfeminist analysis. 3 hours lecture. (021914)
Queer and Trans California explores the history of the struggles endured by individuals and groups comprising LGBTQIA2S+ communities in the state of California (with substantive focus on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-BIPOC), as well as the myriad ways in which LGBTQIA2S+ -identified folks here have found and employed their power. As part of this, we study key ideology, legislation, institutions (political, economic, and social), events, leaders, cultural production, and conflicts in California that have shaped the way diverse LGBTQIA2S+ peoples perceive their communities and are perceived by general society. 3 hours lecture. (022189)
How do societies and individuals shape sexuality? This course investigates the relationship between sexual behavior and identities, and looks at the ways that sexuality is affected by science, politics, race, and social movements. Historical, subcultural, and cross-cultural examples are used to understand how these dynamics play out in our lives. 3 hours lecture. (009000)

Social Justice: 3 units

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: CHLX 157 or MCGS 310W.
An in-depth study of gender and sexuality diversity within Latinx communities, this course delves into gender and sexuality based societal expectations and resistance to them. Explore gender non-conforming, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other lived experiences of diverse groups such as Chican@, Xicano, Latnix, and Blacktinos 3 hours lecture. (021868)
This course is also offered as CHLX 458, WMST 458.
The course provides in-depth and advanced study of theories, analyses, and practical applications of leadership styles and structures, prioritizing those which consciously incorporate intersectional, inclusive, non-hierarchical and feminist approaches that center the marginalized. The course is meant to enhance practical leadership experiences as well as prepare you for the field of leadership in social justice movements, including the non-profit sector, government and policy advocacy. Additionally, a focus on learning to sustain ourselves and those we work with are a core area of study. 3 hours lecture. (021916)
Prerequisites: MCGS 155, WMST 170.
This course is also offered as CHLX 480, WMST 480.
An interdisciplinary and transnational study of sex work, sex tourism, pornography, queer desire, and BDSM, as well as an introduction to transgender history and transfeminist analysis. 3 hours lecture. (021914)
Queer and Trans California explores the history of the struggles endured by individuals and groups comprising LGBTQIA2S+ communities in the state of California (with substantive focus on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color-BIPOC), as well as the myriad ways in which LGBTQIA2S+ -identified folks here have found and employed their power. As part of this, we study key ideology, legislation, institutions (political, economic, and social), events, leaders, cultural production, and conflicts in California that have shaped the way diverse LGBTQIA2S+ peoples perceive their communities and are perceived by general society. 3 hours lecture. (022189)

Minor Capstone: 6 units

2 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A seminar designed to complement the 120-hour fieldwork portion of your service/advocacy/activism internship in the area of multicultural, gender, and/or sexuality studies. Learn and practice the kinds of thinking, researching, and skill building that enhances any service and activism work you may choose to do in the future, as well as what you are engaged in during your internship. In order to pass this course you must receive a review of at least "satisfactory" from your fieldwork supervisor. No more than 3 units may be counted toward the major or minor. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (005647)

Note: MCGS 389 must be taken for at least 3 units. This is a letter-graded internship.

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: GE Written Communication (A2) requirement.
Exploration of theory and extended research in the field of multicultural and gender studies leading to a public presentation. This course is designed as the capstone experience for multicultural and gender studies majors and minors. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or higher certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. (002610)
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