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Sexuality Studies Minor

(HEGIS: Unknown , CIP: 05.9999 Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies, Other)

Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies

1024 Clemens
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4680

Gwynn Thomas

Why study Sexuality Studies Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program
The Minor in Sexuality Studies will foster critical thinking, creativity, applied knowledge, and communication skills. Courses in the minor will address major questions of sexuality from a feminist and queer studies point of view, including: What is meant by the concepts of “sex,” “gender,” and “sexual desire” and how have these concepts changed across time and place? What is the relationship among sex, gender, and sexual desire in different contexts? And how have those categories been created, contested and deployed?

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

  • Students in this minor will explore and critically analyze a wide range of historical and cultural materials in order to better understand how sexualities are produced, articulated, and enacted over time and space.
  • Students will attain familiarity with current questions and theories in sexuality studies and such closely related, interdisciplinary fields as feminist studies, lesbian and gay studies, trans studies, and queer studies.
  • Students will develop the ability to consider sexualities and genders as identities and social statuses, as categories of knowledge production, and as lenses that we use to understand our world.
  • Students will develop the intellectual and practical skills necessary to engage with issues of social justice and serve as leaders in the creation, enactment, and evaluation of efforts to create a more inclusive, just, and equitable world.
  • Students will acquire valuable analytical skills applicable to a wide variety of humanities and social science fields, and to careers in education, the arts, public policy, counseling, social work, service agencies, and public health.

The Learning Environment

Global Gender Studies at UB has been a leader in the field for more than three decades. Our program offers today’s women and men courses in three interrelated areas: Cultures and Identities; Women and Global Citizenship; and Gender and Public Policy. Our objective is to inspire critical thinking in our students, challenging them to integrate local and global knowledge and to link theory and practice across a wide range of disciplines. The Global Gender Studies faculty and its affiliated faculty members across the university work together to create an intellectual environment in which the changing roles and relationships of women and men throughout the globe can be studied and understood.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies is housed in 1024 Clemens Hall. We have a student lounge and a quiet study area. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classes and lecture halls that can accommodate the program’s teaching philosophies.

About Our Faculty

Our department is an intellectual community committed to building collaborations among faculty and students to explore the complex intersections of women, gender, race, class, sexuality and disability. Our nationally and internationally recognized faculty are active researchers producing cutting-edge scholarship in the humanities, arts and social sciences. Our faculty are dedicated teachers, and teach at all levels, from introductory courses to senior seminars. We provide students with opportunities to put their ideas into practice through conducting original research in their senior thesis, or to work with community organizations through internships. The reach of our program and ability to teach and mentor students is extended through affiliated faculty, which are are drawn from across the University at Buffalo.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Department of Global Gender Studies and Sexuality's webpage for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Global Gender Studies is valuable for any career choice, because it provides an atmosphere in which intellectual inquiry and high vocational goals are encouraged; it acknowledges and promotes confidence and competence; and it prepares individuals directly for jobs in affirmative action, public policy, and professional and community organizations and social service agencies. It is also excellent preparation for graduate school and other forms of continuing education.

Graduates have pursued some of the following careers:

  • Admissions counselor
  • Affirmative action specialist
  • Biographer
  • Business manager
  • Career counselor
  • Community service agency director
  • Financial planner
  • Health policy planner
  • Hospital administrator
  • Human service worker
  • Investment counselor
  • Job developer
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Legal advocate
  • Local policy makers
  • Medical Doctor
  • Market research analyst
  • Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) worker
  • Planned parenthood counselor
  • Psychologist
  • Public relations specialist
  • School Counselor
  • Social worker
  • Teacher
  • Women's rights advocate

Work Settings include but are not limited to:

  • Advertising agencies
  • Advocacy
  • Book publishers
  • Childcare/adoption agencies
  • College alumnae associations
  • Community organizations
  • Consulting
  • Economic development councils
  • Economic research foundations
  • Educational institutions
  • Government organizations
  • Health organizations
  • Judicial system
  • Labor unions
  • Management consulting firms
  • Market research firms
  • Newspapers/magazines
  • Nongovernmental organization
  • Public and private schools
  • Policy institues
  • Public relations firms
  • Scouting organizations
  • Social service agencies
  • Social media careers
  • Television and radio stations
  • Women's rights organizations

Academic Advising

The Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Global Gender and Sexuality Studies, who is a member of the department's full time teaching faculty, is available to meet with students throughout the semester. As we cannot provide advisement through emails, please contact the department's undergraduate studies secretary to find out the director's office hours. Students interested in doing a major or minor in the Global Gender Studies program are encouraged to speak with the director to discuss their interests in the program, as well as to plan course sequencing to meet all criteria. NOTE: advisement for "general education" and other university requirements for the Global Gender Studies degree is provided by advisers in the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisement & Services.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Please contact the undergraduate programs coordinator to schedule an appointment with our director of undergraduate studies.

Marla Segol
Main Office: 1023 Clemens Hall

Scholarships and Financial Support

Please see the Financial Aid office.

Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:04:22