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Certificates allow you to complete a specific group of university courses (for credit) as either part of your degree studies or separately.   

This is your opportunity to gain an exciting, comprehensive understanding of sexuality within a close-knit bilingual community. Alongside dynamic instructors, you’ll explore sexuality around the world in relation to categories of difference, identity and power, such as ability, age, class, gender, ethnicity, race and religion. You’ll investigate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, intersexed, cissexual, heterosexual and heteronormative identities and cultures – along with alternative ways of organizing sexualities, and alternatives to sexuality in the past, present and future. 

In this flexible, well-rounded program, you’ll also have the opportunity to take relevant courses in diverse fields such as history, literature, philosophy, political science and sociology. While you focus on your coursework, you’ll gain valuable expertise that will support any career path you choose. Communication, data gathering and organizational skills, as well as the ability to manage and work collaboratively with others, are valuable attributes prized in all work environments.  

Outside the classroom, you can participate in the activities of our on-campus Women and Trans Centre, which offers resources, seminars and activities. At Keele campus, you can join SexGen, a program responsible for addressing issues and concerns of sexual and gender diversity in academic settings. 

Our program shares resources with our sister program at Keele Campus. See what’s on offer: https://www.yorku.ca/laps/gsws/sxst/  

How to apply

Students currently registered at York University (Glendon or other faculties)
should contact:

Academic Services
C102 York Hall
Glendon Campus
Telephone: (416) 487-6715

Non-York University students:

If you are a new applicant to York and do not hold a university degree in a sexuality studies-related discipline, you must ensure first that you meet the minimum requirements for admission to the University by applying through the Office of Admissions. You would then also make a separate inquiry to one of the following Faculties:

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, Sexuality Studies

Glendon College, Academic Services, York Hall C102, 416-487-6715


Throughout your degree, you’ll find a curriculum that offers an in-depth and balanced approach to Sexuality Studies, from introductory survey courses to specialized topics, such as Critical Foundations in Sexuality Studies and Transnational Sexualities, which has a special emphasis on African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American, Middle Eastern and Indigenous contexts. 

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Students studying together. Un groupe d’étude.

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Become part of GLgbt*, a student-run organization that promotes a supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer folks or any individual with diverse sexual or gender identities on Glendon campus by hosting community-building social events and awareness campaigns. 

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