Undergraduate Major and Minor

The Sexuality Studies Program at OSU offers both an interdisciplinary minor and major (B.A.) for undergraduates.  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.  Ohio State's Sexuality Studies program 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.

Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization

Sexuality Studies offers OSU Graduate Students the opportunity to pursue an Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization ("GIS") as a complement to their main program of study.

Quarter-to-Semester Transition

The Sexuality Studies major, minor and GIS have been largely unaffected by OSU’s adoption of a semester-based academic calendar, though requirements and course offerings will undergo some minor changes in the transition.  New official program descriptions for the major [pdf]minor [pdf], and GIS [pdf] detail these specific requirements.  Students should contact any of the Sexuality Studies advisors with questions and to plan a smooth transition from quarters to semesters.


Course offerings for the Major, Minor, and GIS are drawn from four colleges and at least 13 departments.


Professor Jian Chen, Department of English,

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