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Sexual Diversity Minor


The Sexual Diversity Studies Minor came into effect in September 2005. For information about the minor program, please consult their website.

The Subcommittee on Queer People initiated the creation of an interdisciplinary minor program in Sexual Diversity Studies. A group of faculty, staff and students came together in 2003 to stimulate the development of an Interdisciplinary Minor in Sexuality and Gender Diversity at McGill University. They met on a monthly basis to organize an action plan which included curriculum development and advocacy strategies to support the minor.

Here is the Minor Committee's original proposal.

Proposal for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Sexuality and Gender Diversity Studies:

  • Description: The interdisciplinary minor in Sexuality and Gender Diversity Studies is designed to introduce undergraduates to the wide range of current knowledge and research on issues of sexuality and gender. Based on pioneering investigations carried out in Women's Studies and Gay, Lesbian, and Queer Studies, this discipline has now gained a place in the curricula of the world's major universities. In order that McGill may maintain its position at the forefront of scholarship, this minor provides an introduction to these studies by drawing on the expertise of various faculties and departments within the university. Hosted by the Department of Social Work within the Faculty of Arts, the minor consists of theoretical, general core courses plus a series of electives from various other programmes, departments, and faculties, including Women's Studies, English and other literatures, History, Art History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Cultural Studies, Music, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Biology, Medicine, and Law.

Rationale:

    The minor in Sexuality and Gender Studies recognizes the substantial amount of scholarship being generated in this field both in Canada and internationally. It engages the research and teaching of faculty members from a variety of McGill's disciplines who contribute to this field of studies and who support advancement of expertise in this area. Moreover, it acknowledges the rapidly growing interest of students, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, to pursue studies of this kind. This programme creates the opportunity for dialogue among McGill's disciplines, as well as with scholars working in the field at other universities. It advances the capability of professors and students to articulate critical perspectives, pursue research at the forefront of investigative theoretical knowledge, and contribute to the study of the practical implications of findings concerning sexuality and gender.