Gender & Women's Studies

 

Courses


Undergraduate Courses

GWST 1101 INTRODUCTION TO GENDER AND WOMEN'S STUDIES
Prerequisite: eligibility for ENGL 1101
Introduction to the major issues and problems in the field of women's studies. Investigation and analysis of women's roles in society, theoretical and practical aspects of equality and gender difference, and the constructions of sex and gender as understood from socio-historical, multi-cultural, and interdisciplinary perspectives. The dynamics and working of gender in such areas as family, work, education, imagery in popular culture, law, technology, environmentalism, sexuality, health, and access to information on reproductive options.

GWST 2101 ETHICS, VALUES, AND GENDER
Prerequisite: ENGL 1101
An introduction to value theory and ethics focusing on issues of gender and the experience of women. Topics addressed may include equality and difference, free speech and censorship, marriage and the family, reproduction and abortion, love, sex, and friendship, health and medicine, education and learning, feminism and professional ethics, and the challenges of moral relativism.

GWST 2200 GENDER IN GLOBAL CONTEXTS
Prerequisite: ENGL 1101
Interdisciplinary examination of worldwide cultural differences through the lens of gender.

GWST 3510 GENDER, VIOLENCE AND SOCIETY
An overview of gender-based violence domestically and internationally. Students will analyze the political and cultural structures that perpetuate gendered violence, and explore how gendered violence intersects with race, class, and sexuality. Crosslisted with SOCI 3510.
 
GWST 4700 GENDER AND WOMEN'S STUDIES INTERNSHIP
Prerequisite: English 2100, GWST 1101, and either GWST 2101 or GWST 2200
Individually designed project involving off campus study and research with an appropriate agency. Project may be completed in one semester, during which time the student will be under joint supervision of the sponsoring agency and the faculty supervisor. Upon completion of the internship the student will present a formal written report to the sponsoring faculty supervisor and the GWST program coordinator. Limited to GWST majors.

GWST 4900 GENDER AND WOMEN'S STUDIES JUNIOR/SENIOR SEMINAR
Prerequisite: ENGL 2100 and GWST 1101 and either GWST 2101 or GWST 2200
Course required for GWST majors. Advanced critical analysis and reflection on their course of study. Experience during four-week service-leaning component to be integrated into final research project.

GWST 5000U TOPICS IN GENDER AND WOMEN'S STUDIES
Special topics in Women's Studies. Will be cross listed with selected upper-level courses in the university curriculum when content of those courses addresses issues related to Women's Studies. May be repeated for credit with different topics.

GWST 5500U TOPICS IN WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP
Prerequisite: ENGL 2100 and GWST 1101 or GWST 2101
Examination of the basic themes of leadership through the lens of gender studies. The course will address alternative styles of leadership, globalization and women's roles, under representation, the gender gap, and the perseverance of women in traditionally male-dominated careers, professions, and public offices.

GWST 5600U SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 or POLS 1150 or GWST 1101
Examines the social construction of gender and gender inequality in society.

GWST 5700U PERSPECTIVES IN FEMINIST THEORY
An in-depth look at Feminist Theory. This course may be taught from the perspective of a particular discipline.
 
COMM 5500U COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE GENDERS
Prerequisite: COMM 2280
An overview of communication research and theory examining differences in verbal and nonverbal communication between men and women and the effects and functions of communication between the genders.

HIST 3740 WOMEN IN AMERICAN HISTORY
Prerequisites: HIST 1100 or POLS 1100 or HIST 2111 or HIST 2112
Examination of the changing political, social, and economic roles of American women from the colonial times to the present. Emphasis on the pre-Civil War feminist reform movements, women's broader social and economic roles after the war, increased awareness of the need for political power, the mid-twentieth century revolution, and the particular experiences of southern women.

HIST 5660U TOPICS IN THE HISTORY OF WOMEN AND GENDER IN AMERICA
Prerequisites: one course in American history at 2000 level or above or permission of instructor
Selected topics in the history of women and gender relations in America. May be repeated as topics vary.

HIST 5670U TOPICS IN THE HISTORY OF WOMEN AND GENDER IN EUROPE
Prerequisites: Either HIST 1111, HIST 1111H, HIST 1112, HIST 1112H, or permission of instructor
Selected topics in the history of women and gender relations in Europe. May be repeated as topics vary.
 
ENGL 5340U LITERATURE BY WOMEN
Prerequisite: ENGL 2100 or permission of Department Head
Exploration of literature written by women within its social, historical, and theoretical contexts. Topics such as renaissance and medieval women writers, nineteenth century novels by women, feminist theory and criticism, contemporary poetry by women

ENGL 5355U - BLACK WOMEN WRITERS
Prerequisite: ENGL 2100 or permission of Department Head
Writing by black women. Topics may include race, class, and gender; history and society; literary and social criticism; political discourse; or Black feminist theory.

FILM 5040U WOMEN AND FILM
Prerequisite: English 2100 or Permission of Department Head
Representations of women in film; may include issues such as feminist film theory and criticism; presentation of female characters in major film genres and movements; women directors, screenwriters, and actors; and women's independent cinema.

FILM 5025U POPULAR CULTURE THEORY AND CRITICISM
Prerequisite: ENGL 2100 or PHIL 2201 or PHIL 2251
Examination of the theoretical and critical approaches to the study of various forms of popular cultural expression, such as film, television, popular literature, magazines, and music. Critical methodologies present may include semiotics, genre criticism, ethnography, feminism, and cultural studies.

PSYC 3100 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN SEXUALITY
Prerequisite: PSYC 1101
An examination of the developmental, physiological, clinical, and social aspects of human sexuality. Emphasis on the various components of human sexuality from a developmental perspective.

PUBH 5575U HEALTH AND SEXUALITY
Investigation of human sexuality and its effects on health.

PUBH 5570U WOMEN AND MINORITY HEALTH ISSUES
The exploration of contemporary public health issues concerning women and minorities.

SOCI 3150 SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY
Prerequisite: SOCI 1101
Institutions having major responsibility for socializing members of society including various forms and types of families.

SOCI 3340 SOCIAL STRATIFICATION
Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 or POLS 1150
Examines the social structure and various forms of social inequality. Examples include class, race, ethnicity, and gender in contemporary society.

SOCI 3800 SOCIOLOGY OF SEXUALITY
Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 or POLS 1150 or GWST 1101
Examines the social construction of sexuality, including social influences upon sexual scripts and normative ideas regarding sexuality.

SOCI 5600U SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
Prerequisite: SOCI 1101 or POLS 1150 or GWST 1101
Examines the social construction of gender and gender inequality in society.