Humanities Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality
This course uses close readings of cultural representations (in literature, the visual arts, movies, television, the Internet, etc.) to understand intersecting categories of identity such as gender, sexuality, class and race. The course will examine how such categories operate in everything from novels to YouTube to the evening news. (H) (D) (WR)
Social Science Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality
This course considers the social construction of gender, sexuality, race, class and other identity categories. Readings focus on individuals, families and cultural groups, mainly in the U.S. but with attention to other nations. Subjects as intimate as the body and violence and as pervasive as politics and the law are included. The course emphasizes differences in daily life experiences of health care, education, sports and religion. Finally, it examines the potential of movements for social change. (S) (D) (WR)
Women and Diversity in U.S. History
This course explores the history of women in the United States from 1500 to the present by focusing on such social differences as ethnicity, class, race, age and sexual orientation. (H) (WR)
Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Women's Studies
Drawing on materials and methodologies from a variety of disciplines, this class explores the diverse experiences of women, both in past eras and in the present, in the U.S. and abroad. Required for the women's studies major and minor. (H, S, D) (WR)
This course provides a holistic framework for understanding the connections between environmental, feminist, and social justice issues. This course will critically analyze positions within ecofeminist theory. (WR)
This course explores women and feminism in a transnational perspective, focusing on various theories and movements engendered by women in contemporary national contexts. Development, reproductive politics and women's health will be examined. (N-S)
Credits: 3; Prereq: sophomore standing or instructor permission.
An overview of the interdisciplinary study of sexualities, covering diverse theories of sexualities and desire, and focusing on understanding how they are socially constructed and regulated. Central to class will be attention to connections between sexualities and other social locators such as race, ethnicity, gender, social class, age and ability or disability.
This course examines feminist theories of nature, science and technology. It explores how gender and race are critical to the origins of science, the making of scientists and the politics of contemporary practice.
Special Interdisciplinary Topics in Women's Studies
Credits: 1 to 4.
This course explores specific topics in gender/ women's studies based on a feminist approach. A variety of topics from different fields of study will be offered on a rotating basis. Examples of such topics include: gender issues in education, women's autobiography and women's health issues.
How are the experiences of gender and sexuality configured by geography, location, and the built environment? How do gender relations and sexual practices define and give meaning to space and place? This class explores these questions through interdisciplinary consideration of the gendered relationships that unfold in significant spaces and places in the U.S. and the world.
Credits: 3; Prereq: instructor permission.
Overview of lesbian and gay studies, a portrait of the field, challenges, core debates, and possible future directions of such research.
Independent Study in Women's Studies
Credits: 1 to 3; can be repeated for up to 6 credits.
For advanced undergraduate students who desire to supplement the regular courses by independent reading or research.
Credits: 1 to 6; can be repeated up to 9 credits. Prereq: instructor permission with varying courses.
Lectures and seminars covering selected topics of current interest in Women's Studies and/or Gender Studies.
Credits: 1-6; Prereq: WST 3015.
This course (required for all majors) is the culmination of the women's studies major. It explores some examples of past and present scholarship to reaffirm the interdisciplinary nature of the field and to highlight the relationships among feminist theory, intellectual practice and social change. The bulk of the semester is devoted to a full-length independent writing project on a topic of the student's own choosing.
Credits: 1 to 3; can be repeated up to 6 credits. Prereq: instructor permission and program chair.
This course is designed for students desiring practical experience in the community. Students intern with a local agency, group or business involved in women's issues. (S-U)
Women's/Gender Studies Honors Thesis
Credits: 3. Open only to WST majors. Prereq/Coreq: WST 4935.
Students register for this course when pursuing an honors thesis in the WST major. In accordance with the protocols established by the WST and Honors programs, students design and pursue an independent research project with guidance from an adviser.