Minor Coordinator

Zhivka Valiavicharska
Office: Dekalb 318


The Gender and Sexuality Studies minor invites students to explore issues of gender, sexuality, desire, reproduction, and the body through a diversity of critical traditions, emphasizing interdisciplinary, comparative, and intersectional approaches. Students learn about the history of ideas and social movements that have shaped the field and gain context-specific knowledge on issues of gender and sexuality in relation to sociohistorical forces such as colonialism, slavery, global capitalism, migration, and struggles for social equality and justice. The program emphasizes queer, women-of-color, and post/decolonial approaches to the understanding of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and indigeneity while foregrounding cross-continental, cross-cultural, and diasporic perspectives. It draws on Pratt’s courses across the humanities and social sciences, allowing students to explore the intersectional, cultural, and historical dimensions of gender and sexuality through the visual and performance arts, literature and creative writing, and through architectural, urban, and design environments. Students have the opportunity to bring critical analysis to a wide range of visual, textual, and material environments and develop a deeper understanding of the role of the arts in social and political change, while generating strong critical contributions in their preferred medium.

How to Minor in Gender and Sexuality

The minor can be combined with any undergraduate major and requires the completion of 15 credits, 9 of which must be at the 300 level or higher. Students should take five courses chosen from the list below. At least one of the five courses should include:

Required Courses (choose one of three):
  • SS-262 Contemporary Theories of Gender or SSWI-262T Contemporary Theories of Gender
  • HMS-332S Special Topics in Gender Studies
  • SS-261G Sexual Politics in Transnational Perspective
Elective Menus (choose four):
  • SS-261G Sexual Politics in Transnational Perspective
  • SS-262 Contemporary Theories of Gender
  • SSWI-262T Contemporary Theories of Gender
  • SS-320 Gender and Capitalism
  • SS-322 Women in Muslim Worlds
  • HMS-330A Topics in Literary/Cultural Theory: Freud and Lacan
  • HMS-332S Special Topics in Gender Studies
  • HMS-360S SPT: Performance Studies
  • HMS-404D Topics in American Studies: Portraying the American Girl in Literature and Visual Art
  • HMS-432A Topics in Gender Studies: Feminist Film and Film Theory Thought, Politics, and Creativity
  • SS-431 Ancient Bodies/Ancient Cities
  • HMS-432S Special Topics in Gender Studies
  • HMS-440F Topics in Cinema/Media Studies: Women in International Cinema, Fiction, and Documentary
  • HMS-440S Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies
  • HMS 460S Special Topics in Performance Studies
  • HAD-467 Daughters of Eve: Glamorized Femininity, Fashion, and Interiors  
  • SS-560 Space and Power
  • PHIL-415P Philosophy and Race
  •  SS-357 Psychology of Sex/Gender Roles

See Gender and Sexuality Studies, Minor Overview and Academic Requirements