Minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies
All students choosing a minor in gender and sexuality studies must complete 15 credit hours (five courses) and satisfy the following requirements:
1. Either SS220 Introduction to Gender or SS221 Introduction to Sexuality
2. Four of the following gender and sexuality studies courses (approved as of July 2016):
Either SS220 or SS221 (whichever one was not taken to satisfy requirement 1)
ANTH225 Global Perspectives on Sexuality
ANTH325 Sex and Commerce
ANTH330 Men & Masculinities
HIST326 Modern Sex: Sexualities and Genders in Modern America
HIST327 History of Women and Gender in America
HIST328 History of Gender and Sexuality in the Transatlantic World
HIST329 History of the American Family
HIST338 Women, Gender and Science in American History
HIST342 War and Gender: The Modern Period
LIT240 Gender and Popular Culture
POL355 Women and Politics
SOC310 Women and Religion
SOC330 Health, Wealth, Inequality and the Environment
SS499 0-credit Minor Portfolio, as required of the other minors in the Department of Humanities & Social Sciences.
Minor in Biology, Behavior and Society (BiBS)
A diverse group of disciplines attempt to document and explain the origins and functions of human cognition, social behavior and social organization. Anthropology, biology, economics, history, psychology and sociology each include a disciplinary focus on the origins and current consequences of individual and group behavior and social outcomes. However, among disciplines — and even within disciplines — there is disagreement about the relative importance of genes, natural environment, individual rational choice and sociocultural construction on individual and group behavior, cultures and social institutions. Historical views have ranged from strong biopsychological determinism, to environmental determinism and individual rational choice, to strong sociocultural determinism. Views on the origins and current functions of behavior, culture and society can and often do affect social policy; extreme views have provided the intellectual rationale for eugenics, racism, sexism, imperialism, laissez-faire capitalism, and collectivization and cultural revolution. On a positive note, interdisciplinary progress in understanding the origins and functions of human behavior, cultures and societies has contributed to progressive reforms in the areas of mental health, public health, laws and criminal justice, education, intercultural understanding, and programs to provide economic and social opportunity for the underprivileged.
Views on questions of human nature have tended to become polarized between the biological (biology, evolutionary psychology, biological anthropology) and the social science (social psychology, cultural anthropology, history, sociology) poles. This dialectical relationship between the social and biological sciences, and the corresponding dialogue between both, forces both sides in this rich debate to refine their positions and exposes students to a deeper understanding of the foundations of the respective disciplines and their impact on the world. Our minor in BiBS exposes students to these diverse disciplinary traditions and their conflicts and debates in the present and past. This minor provides students with the knowledge and skills to become informed, critical and reflective citizens that can make balanced decisions about the intricate relationship between biology, psychology, culture and society.
The BiBS minor is intended for students who want to acquire an interdisciplinary and comprehensive overview of the different perspectives on human behavior, cultural evolution and social organization. The objective of this minor is for students to understand the theoretical and empirical foundations of multiple disciplines that contribute to understanding human behavior and to be able to knowledgeably weigh the perspectives of each. An aspirational outcome is that students can develop a synthetic, informed understanding of the origins and function of human behavior, cultures and societies. We believe that this minor will attract students who are interested in biology, psychology, social sciences, health careers, law, politics and economics and provide them with the bio-cultural literacy critical to evaluating the multiplicity of scientific claims about human nature.
The four core course requirements within this degree program provide the interdisciplinary foundation for psychology, biology and social science. The three additional electives give students a depth in specific areas while continuing to offer an interdisciplinary set of perspectives.
Requirements for the BiBS Minor
A minor in BiBS is available to students in all degree programs. To obtain a minor, students must complete 20 credits.
Required courses (11 credits)
HIST270 Introduction to Culture, Society & Biology (3 cr) [CSO/STS, C1]
BY/PY340 Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (3 cr) [IG]
BY/PY357 Human Cognitive Evolution (3 cr)
SA&S300 Arts and Sciences Seminar (1 cr)
SA&S499 Biology, Behavior and Society Minor Portfolio (new course, 1 cr)
A student, to complete the minor, will take SAS499 as an independent study course under the mentorship of the student’s minor advisor. The student will provide a portfolio based on (a) term papers or equivalent products from the three major required courses and (b) representative course material that shows mastery of subject matter area and (c) will use the portfolio and materials from other courses taken for the BiBS minor to prepare a 10-page self-reflective essay on what the student has learned about the biological, psychological, and sociocultural influences on human behavior, cultural evolution, and social organization.
Electives (9 credits): Electives must be from outside your declared major, and include at least three credits from each of the two categories.
Category 1 Electives
ANTH220 Understanding the Americas [UNIV/CSO/STS, C1]
ANTH225 Global Perspectives on Sexuality [UNIV/CGI/STS]
ANTH230 Introduction to Race and Ethnicity [UNIV/CGI/CGI]
ANTH325 Sex and Commerce [UNIV/IG/CGI, C2]
ANTH330 Men and Masculinities [CSO]
HIST320 Medicine and Society in America [UNIV/CSO/STS, C1]
HIST326 Modern Sex [UNIV/CSO/STS]
HIST327 History of Women and Gender in America [UNIV/CSO/IG, C1]
HIST328 History of Gender and Sex [UNIV/CSO/IG]
HIST329 History of the American Family [UNIV/CGI/CSO, C1]
HIST342 War and Gender [UNIV/CSO/IA, C1]
HIST350 History of Nazi Germany [UNIV/CSO/IG, C1]
HIST351 The Holocaust in Text and Film
SOC330 Health, Wealth, Inequality and the Environment [UNIV/CGI/STS, C1]
POL/SOC350 International Development and Social Change [EC]
SOC385 Food and Society [UNIV/CGI/STS]
SS220 Introduction to Gender [UNIV/CGI/IG]
Category 2 Electives
BY/PY319 Current Readings in Animal Behavior
BY/PY358 Animal Learning and Cognition
EC384 Game Theory and Economic Strategy
HIST/PY459 Neuroscience and Society [STS, C1]
OS286/PY286 Organizational Behavior 1 [IG]
PY253 Social Psychology
PY310 Human Sexuality [UNIV/CGI/IG]
PY315 Personal Relationships [C1]
PY453 Advanced Topics in Social Psychology [C2]
PY360 Learning and Memory
PY461 Judgment and Decision Making
PY463 Health Psychology [C1]