Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts
Sexuality and Gender Studies Minor

Sexuality and Gender Studies Minor

The undergraduate minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies addresses human sexuality and gender as they have been conceptualized and investigated by diverse disciplines: humanities (including history and cultural studies), behavioral and social sciences, biological sciences, and visual and performance arts. This minor helps students interrogate how gender identity and sexuality intersect with race, ethnicity, nationality, class, disability, age, religion, and other identities to create structural, institutional, and ideological inequalities and oppressions. Courses in the minor require students to explore scholarship and research on sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender across the lifespan, across cultures, and throughout history. Developing students’ critical skills in a variety of disciplines, courses in the minor cover theories of sexuality and gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender movements, the history of sexual norms, queer theory, transgender theory, gender identities and erotic orientations in the arts, among other classes.

Professor in Charge

Dr. Tracy Rutler
Director of Undergraduate Studies
340 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802


Julianna Chaszar
127A Burrowes Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-8559
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Becoming a Major

You can declare the minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies through your Student Center in LionPATH. You can view a tutorial.