SDS Complementary Courses

Please contact Andrew Folco (andrew.folco [at] for information regarding the complementary courses for the SDST minor degree program.

The Sexual Diversity Studies minor brings together into a coherent program much of the exciting new work and teaching in the study of sexuality and sexual and gender diversity across many disciplines. Programs in five faculties now provide courses which draw on queer studies, feminist theory, LGBT studies, and a rich variety of other theoretical and empirical perspectives.

Students must take 15 credits from the courses listed below (in addition to SDST 250) in order to complete the minor. You can click on the title of the course to reveal information from the McGill e-calendar, including a short description, the term, and the name of the professor or lecturer. Please see the note at the bottom of the page for more information on complementary courses.

Please Note:

The courses listed on this page are the ones that are offered and approved as Complementary Courses for the Sexual Diversity Studies (SDST) Minor program for the 2015-2016 calendar years. Where relevant, topic is specified.

Not all Complementary Courses are offered every year. Additional Complementary Courses may be approved during a particular calendar year. Updates to the page, based on information from the departments regarding topics courses, are ongoing. For a list of approved Complementary Courses for the Sexual Diversity Studies program, including those not offered in the current year and those offered but with topics not currently relevant for SDST, please contact the andrew.folco [at] (IGSF advisor).


Courses may only be applied to the Sexual Diversity Studies program when the topic significantly engages with issues of sexuality and/or sexual diversity and/or gender. Special or current topics courses are marked with an asterisk (*). Topics courses may be applied towards the SDST Minor ONLY when the topic significantly engages with issues of sexuality and/or sexual diversity and/or gender in a given year and with documentation on file for the given year. If you find a course WHICH IS NOT LISTED and that you think could count as a Complementary Course towards the SDS Minor, please contact the claire.michela [at] (Administrative and Student Affairs Coordinator) for approval.

Most courses above the 200 level have prerequisites. Although these can be waived by instructors in some cases, students are urged to confirm their eligibility for courses when preparing the program of study. Please note that some courses may not be available due to space limitations or program restrictions.

Any course may only be counted once towards any declared concentration/component. For example, if you are completing a Major Concentration in Religious Studies and a Minor Concentration in Sexual Diversity Studies, the course RELG 271 can only count towards one concentration or the other.

IGSF is committed to promoting safer spaces in the classroom and throughout the McGill community at large. We encourage instructors to develop pedagogical approaches that cultivate a classroom culture that is as free from barriers as possible; that encourages inclusivity and diversity; and that demonstrates a commitment to equity and social justice. The Social Equity and Diversity Education Office offers workshops and training on equity issues; we encourage all of our instructors to take advantage of what SEDE has to offer. To learn more about Safer Space resources, please visit