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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Critical Sexuality Studies Minor

Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that investigates how gender and sexuality operate as organizing axes of social, cultural, economic and political institutions, as well as in the everyday lives and cultural products of people who must live within them. Emphasizing the importance of historical and cross-cultural perspectives, the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at UMBC critically examines the intersections of gender and sexuality with other differences, including, class, race, ethnicity, nationality, age, and ability to make visible structures of power that otherwise remain hidden.

The Gender and Women’s Studies Department offers a major, undergraduate certificate, and two minors, Gender + Women’s Studies and Critical Sexuality Studies.

To complete the Critical Sexuality Studies minor, students must complete 18 credits of gender and women’s studies coursework as follows:

Elective Credits:

Students must complete nine credits of elective courses, selected from the following list.


GWST 292, 392 and 492 may be counted towards electives, and selected GWST 290, 390 and 490, with permission of adviser.

When students pursue the critical sexuality studies minor along with the gender and women’s studies major, certificate, or minor, only two courses may overlap for completion of the program requirements.

A maximum of six (6) credits of GWST electives may be taken at the 200 level.

A maximum of three (3) GWST independent study credits may be counted toward each minor.

A maximum of three (3) GWST internship credits may be counted toward each minor.

A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses applied toward either minor.