Undergraduate Major (Bachelor of Arts)

To Declare a Major:

To declare a major, students can meet with the undergraduate advisor for Sexuality Studies:
Jonathan Branfman
Hagerty Hall 452 (proceed to 455 Hagerty and ask the front-desk staff person, or follow the sign on the door if the room is closed)
Office Hours, Spring 2016: Mondays 11-4 (walk-in or by appointment)


Program offerings and requirements are detailed in the official Sexuality Studies major program description [pdf]. Additional information about the major, including a sample four-year curriculum, can be found here. If you need to access these forms via an alternative method, please contact the Sexuality Studies program.

Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary field devoted to the analysis of human sexuality.  It explores the historical, political, biological, cultural, sociological, educational, legal, health, aesthetic, and psychological contexts of human sexuality.  The Sexuality Studies program at OSU pays particular attention to processes and practices of normalization in different cultures and times through which certain sexual behaviors, expressions, or identities are esteemed and others devalued.  It also investigates the ways in which sexuality is shaped by other social differences such as race, gender, class, dis/ability, religion, nationality, and ethnicity.

The Sexuality Studies Major is a “stand-alone” program, allowing undergraduate students to pursue it as their sole major program.  Students may also, though, elect to pursue a Sexuality Studies major in conjunction with another major, either as a Dual Degree or Double Major program, with slightly different curricular requirements for each.  Interested students should be sure to read the specific program requirements for Dual Degrees and Double Majors at OSU and to discuss the Sexuality Studies major within the context of their overall academic plans with the Sexuality Studies major advisor, Jonathan Branfman.

This major requires at least 30 credit hours, six hours of which must be a core cluster consisting of Comparative Studies 2214: Introduction to Sexuality Studies and a course with a GLBTQ focus.  Of the remaining 24 hours of course work, nine will constitute a focus area selected from one of nine tracks (see below) or from a topic approved by the Director of Sexuality Studies.  The remaining 15 hours will be Sexuality Studies electives.  A thesis or academic internship is highly recommended; thus, three hours of 4999 (Thesis), 4999H (Honors Thesis), or 5191 (Internship) can count toward the electives or toward the focus area. In addition, with the approval of the Director, students can also apply up to three hours of 4998 (Undergraduate Research), 4998H (Undergraduate Research Honors), 5193 (Individual Study), 5194 (Group Study), and/or 5700 (Workshop) toward the focus area or electives portion of the major.

No more than 3 hours at the 2000 level can count toward the focus area, and at least 9 of the 15 hours of electives must be at the 3000-level or above. Students and faculty may petition the Director to count courses other than those listed here to fulfill the requirements of the major.  To be approved, at least 50% of the course content must address human sexuality. After the coordinating advisor for the Sexuality Studies Major has approved the student’s Major Program Form, the student must file the form with the Arts and Sciences Advising Office.  For further information, contact the Sexuality Studies Major Advisor, Jonathan Branfman, at branfman.1@osu.edu.

I. Core Cluster (6 hours)

  • Comparative Studies 2214 Introduction to Sexuality Studies (3); and
  • One GLBT-focused course chosen from the following list or an approved GLBT elective:

Art Education
5835 Visual Representations of LGBT Subjects (3)

*2282 Introduction to Queer Studies (3)
4580 Special Topics in GLBT Literatures and Cultures (3)

3630 Same-Sex Sexuality in a Global Context (3)

Social Work
5016 Clinical Social Work Practice with GLBTQ Individuals, Couples, and Families (3)

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
*2282 Introduction to Queer Studies (3)
2367.03 U.S. Lesbian Writers: Text and Context (3)
3370 Sexualities and Citizenship (3)

II. Focus Area (9 hr.; no more than 3 hr. at 2000 level)

Students choose one of nine tracks (see below) that align the Major within their academic and career interests. If none of the nine suits a student’s needs, then he/she may construct an alternative track in consultation with the Coordinator. Many of the Focus Areas include more than 9 hours to show the range of courses from which a student might choose.  In addition, other approved courses can be added by the Coordinator on a case-by-case basis. If a student is doing a thesis or internship in the focus area, then up to three hours of Sexuality Studies 4998, 4998H, 4999H, 5191, 5193, 5194, or 5700 can count toward it.

Adolescent Sexuality
          Educational Studies: Cultural Foundations of Education 4215
          Psychology 4555
          Social Work 3597

          Psychology 2333
          Social Work 5016
          Human Development & Family Science 3440
          Human Development & Family Science 5440
          Kinesiology: Sport Industry, Sport Management 5614
          Educational Studies: Cultural Foundations of Education 4215
          Psychology 4555
          Human Development & Family Science 3440
          Human Development & Family Science 5440

          Psychology 2333
          Sexuality Studies 5620
          Social Work 5002          

          Classics 3215
          History 2630
          History 3630

Intersecting Identities
          African American & African Studies/Comparative Studies/Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies 4921
          Comparative Studies 5875
          Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies 4404
          Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies 4405

          Art Education 5835
          English/Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies 2282
          English 4580
          History 3630
          Social Work 5016
          Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies 2367.03
          Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies 3370

          Sociology 2340
          Sociology 3435
          Sociology 5605

          Sociology 3435
          Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies 2367.03
          Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies 3370
          Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies 4404
III. Sexuality Studies Electives (at least 15 hr., 9 of which must be at 3000 level or above)

African American and African Studies
          *4921 Intersections: Approaches to Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (3)
                   (cross-listed with Comp Studies 4921 and WGSS 4921)

          3500 Primate Sexuality (3)

Art Education
          5835 Visual Representations of LGBT Subjects (3)

         *3215 Sex and Gender in the Ancient World (3)
                   (cross-listed with History 3215)

Comparative Studies
          4875 Gender, Sexuality, and Religion (3)
         *4845 Gender, Sexuality and Science (3)
                   (cross-listed with WGSS 4845)
         *4921 Intersections: Approaches to Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (3)
                   (cross-listed with AAAS 4921 and WGSS 4921)

Education: Teaching and Learning
          *4015 Sexualities and Education (3)

Educational Studies: Counselor Education
          4270 Love, Sex, and Relationships (3)

Educational Studies: Cultural Foundations of Education
          *4215 Sexualities and Education: Issues and Practices (3)

          *2282 Introduction to Queer Studies (3)
                   (cross-listed with WGSS 2282)
          4580 Special Topics in GLBTQ Literatures and Cultures (3)

          2630 History of Modern Sexualities (3)
         *3215 Sex and Gender in the Ancient World (3)
                   (cross listed with Classics 3215)
          3630 Same-sex Sexuality in a Global Context (3)

Human Development and Family Science
          3440 Human Sexuality (3)
          5440 Human Sexuality in Context (3)

Kinesiology: Sport Industry, Sport Management
          5614 Sexuality and Sport (3)

          2333 Psychology of Human Sexuality (3)
          4555 Adolescent Sexuality (3)

Sexuality Studies
          5620 Sexuality and Violence (3)

Social Work
          3597 Adolescent Parenthood and Sexuality: An International Perspectives (3)
          5002 AIDS Survey: Facts and Issues (3)
          5006 Integrative Seminars: Sexualities, Diversity and Social Work (3)
          5016 Clinical Social Work Practice with GLBTQ Individuals, Couples, and Families (3)

          2340 Sex and Love in Modern Society (3)
          3435 Sociology of Gender (3)
          5605 Sociology of Sexuality (3)

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
          2230 Gender, Sexuality and Race in Popular Culture (3)
         *2282 Introduction to Queer Studies (3)
                   (cross-listed with English 2282)
          2367.03 U.S. Lesbian Writers: Text and Context (3)
          3370 Sexualities and Citizenship (3)
          4404 Regulating Bodies: Global Sexual Economies (3)
          4405 Race and Sexuality (3)
          *4845 Gender, Sexuality and Science (3)
                   (cross-listed with Comp Studies 4845)
         *4921 Intersections: Approaches to Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (3)
                   (cross-listed with AAAS 4921 and Comp Studies 4921)

*cross-listed courses

Semester Conversion

Ohio State transitioned its academic calendar from a quarter system semesters at the beginning of Summer 2012.  For the most part, the requirements and course selections for the Sexuality Studies major on semesters will be equivalent to what they were on quarters.  Details of the old program requirements are available at the quarter-system major page.  Advisers for the Sexuality Studies program have worked with students to ensure a smooth transition of their plan of study from quarters to semesters.  Please feel free to contact any of the advisors (Professor Joe Ponce, Jonathan Branfman, Kris Wethington) with questions.

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