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In November 2004, York University Senate approved the creation of a new undergraduate program in Sexuality Studies. The program is housed in York's School of Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and draws upon faculty members from across the university who teach and research on a wide range of topics relating to sexuality. Students may pursue a Major, Minor, or Cross-Disciplinary Certificate in Sexuality Studies in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies or at Glendon College.
Sexuality Studies is a field that examines sexual desires and pleasures, acts and behaviours, identities and subjectivities, communities and cultures, movements and organizing. The field explores artistic, cultural, economic, geographic, historical, literary, political, and psychological dimensions of sexuality, while also investigating sexual dimensions of arts, economies, geographies, histories, literatures, politics, and psychologies. A central mission of Sexuality Studies is to examine "intersectionality" - an intersectional approach focuses on existent and emergent intersections of sexuality with ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, health, nationality, race, religion, and sexual identity.
The field is concerned in part with the dynamics of sexual hierarchy, resistance, and diversity in a variety of Canadian contexts (past and present). It simultaneously works to understand the operations of sexual dynamics in African, Asian and Pacific, Caribbean, North and South American, European and Oceanic contexts (past and present) as well as sexual migrations and diasporas in transcontinental contexts. Committed to examining lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, intersexed, heterosexual, and heteronormative identities and cultures, the field also studies alternative ways of organizing sexualities and, indeed, alternatives to sexuality, in the past, present, and future.
This exciting program reflects York University's ongoing commitment to providing innovative and challenging interdisciplinary programs and to serving the intellectual and academic needs of our diverse student body.