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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Sexuality Studies Minor

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The Sexuality Studies minor is an interdisciplinary course of study designed to complement any major. The objective of the curriculum is to develop a critical framework for understanding social justice by examining how sexual practices, expressions, identities, and representations are shaped by social, anthropological, historical, psychological, legal, sociological, and political contexts. Under the coordination of the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, the minor focuses on issues of social ethics and sexuality, including the impact of cultural inequality on sexual well-being and sexual health.

Descriptions of courses listed below are available on the Undergraduate Catalog page [PDF] Undergraduate Catalog page (106 KiB).

The minor consists of a minimum of 20 credits

Core Courses (17 credits)

  • GWS 225 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies (4 credits)
  • GWS 230 Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Popular Culture (4 credits)
  • GWS 455 Politics of Sexuality (3 credits)
  • PSYC 205 Psychology of Sexual Health (3 credits)
  • SOC 209 Sociology of Human Sexualities (3 credits)

Electives (Select at least 1 of the following courses)

  • ANTH 269 Anthropology of Sex (3 credits)
  • ANTH 340 Language and Power (4 credits)
  • SOC 307 Sex and Gender in Contemporary Society (3 credits)


Sexuality Studies Minor Coordinators:

Shannon J. Miller is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Gender and Women's Studies program at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She holds a doctorate in Child and Family Development and a graduate certificate in Women's Studies from The University of Georgia. Her area of specialization is in Black and LGBTQQ families, and she is published widely in academic journals, including the Feminist Formations, Journal of Religious Ethics, Journal of GLBT Families, and Journal of Homosexuality. Her manuscript in progress Black Queer Momma: Love, Justice, and Home is a memoir centering her personal narrative as a recently divorced southern African-American queer woman now co-parenting with her ex-wife, a West African, genderqueer lesbian.


Eric Sprankle is an Associate Professor and clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychology. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Xavier University in 2009, and completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School's Program in Human Sexuality in 2011. He is a sex therapist certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists. Dr. Sprankle's research and advocacy interests include supporting the sex worker's rights movement, countering sex work stigma, and challenging the leading narrative of sex trafficking.




To declare the minor students should visit Cindy Veldhuisen, Office Supervisor for the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies in Morris Hall 109.