Critical Studies in Sexuality

Critical Studies in Sexuality (CSIS) is an empowering, inquiring, multidisciplinary program that examines cultural constructions of sexuality across a broad domain of human relationships.

CSIS offers a minor for students who seek a specialization in this subject, which extends to and informs research within a broad university domain, from law to medicine, from First Nations studies to sociology.

Program Requirements

Students must be at their third-year standing to declare a minor in critical studies in sexuality. You can declare your minor through the Student Services Centre.

30 credits are required for the CSIS minor, subject to the following program requirements:

12 credits of approved 100- and 200-level courses that provide appropriate preparation for the minor. Students have lots of flexibility in course selection, not limited to the following:

  • CSIS 200 – Critical Engagements in Sexuality Studies
  • 9 credits from
    • GRSJ 100- and 200-level courses (approval not needed)
    • Approved 100- and 200-level courses that provide appropriate preparation for the minor with some focus on critical sexuality studies. Students have lots of flexibility in course selection, including but not limited to the following:
      • Asian Studies (ASIA)
      • Asian Canadian Migration Studies (ACAM)
      • Anthropology (ANTH)
      • Art History (ARTH)
      • English (ENGL)
      • Family Studies (FMST)
      • First Nations Studies (FNIS)
      • History (HIST)
      • Political Science (POLI)
      • Psychology (PSYC)
      • Sociology (SOCI)

  • CSIS 300 (3/6) Introduction to Critical Studies in Sexuality
  • 15 credits from:
    • CSIS 301 (3): Introduction to Trans* Studies
    • CSIS 450 (3-6) Topics in Critical Studies in Sexuality
    • CSIS 490* (3/6) Directed Topics
    • CSIS 500 (3/6) Critical Studies in Sexuality: Multidisciplinary Approaches
    • Approved 300- and 400-level courses with significant focus on sexuality in content, readings, or projects. Students have lots of flexibility in course selection, including but not limited to the following:
      • Asian Studies (ASIA)
      • Asian Canadian Migration Studies (ACAM)
      • Anthropology (ANTH)
      • Art History (ARTH)
      • English (ENGL)
      • Family Studies (FMST)
      • First Nations Studies (FNIS)
      • History (HIST)
      • Political Science (POLI)
      • Psychology (PSYC)
      • Sociology (SOCI)

* CSIS 490 is a Directed Studies Course open to 3rd and 4th year students working with GRSJ and CSIS faculty. For information and to apply, please go here


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