Note: The course descriptions here are abbreviated. Please check the Academic Catalog for full descriptions.
WGS-101 Women's Perspectives and Values
Examines the lives of women and the impact that ethnicity, race, class, and sexual orientation have in determining women's status in our society. This course is a General Education course and fulfills a Humanities requirement. It also fulfills the Improving Human Relations graduation requirement.
WGS-150 Women's Self Defense (1 credit hour)
Develops a framework for understanding violence and self-defense. Major focus is on learning and practicing awareness, prevention, assessment, verbal boundary setting and physical self-defense skills in simulated scenario.
WGS-201 WIP: Feminist Ideas—Women's Work, Women's Lives
Focuses on recognizing historical and contemporary feminist leaders; understanding the implications and applications of feminist ideas; applying lessons learned from past struggles to contemporary social issues; and evaluating women's changing status by race, class, sexual orientation and other social statuses. Students also learn and practice writing in the discipline of Women’s and Gender Studies. Prerequisite: WGS-101
WGS-202 Feminist Activism
Focuses on women challenging gender stereotypes; organizing to reduce poverty, racism, homophobia and violence; working to expand opportunities; and confronting barriers in education, the criminal justice system and politics. Prerequisite: WGS-101
WGS-210 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies
Offers an introductory and interdisciplinary approach to the lives, histories and cultures of LGBTQ communities and allies. Focuses on justice work that honors multiplicity and diversity in gender and sexual expression including how race, class, ability and other identity markers shape LGBTQ lives. This course is a General Education course and fulfills a Humanities requirement. It also fulfills the Improving Human Relations graduation requirement. Counts toward the minor in LGBTQ Studies.
WGS-302 Feminist Theory: Questions of Race, Class and Sexuality
Focuses on helping students articulate the assumptions that underlie contemporary feminist theories by tracing the theoretical conceptions they are based upon. Our focus is on the importance of the position and situation of the subject with respect to questions of class, race, sexuality, gender, historical moment and social location. Prerequisite: WGS-101
WGS-310 Lesbian and Queer Cultures: Identities, Histories and Resistance
Introduces students to historical and theoretical research through a series of topics: identity, sex, violence, activism, and beyond. Books, articles, magazines, videos, films, music, art, and more will be used. Prerequisite: WGS-101. Counts toward the minor in LGBTQ Studies.
WGS-311 Power, Knowledge and Communities: Feminists' Engagements with Education
Focuses on the role of the educational system in the constructions and reproduction of gender and racial inequality. Using both academic and popular literature to gain perspectives, we will examine relationships between school and society. Prerequisite: WGS-101.
WGS-312 Women and Global Human Rights
Focuses on women’s lives and experiences globally using the lens of human rights. Examines the impact human rights activism is having on women's lives worldwide. Prerequisite: WGS-101.
WGS-313 Radical Feminist Imagination in Literature
Explores the meaning of radical feminism through placing authors from a range of racial, class and sexual identities in dialogue with each other and with their respective socio-historical and cultural contexts. Focus will be on textual interpretation and exploring how each work attempts to develop its version of feminist consciousness against dominant patriarchal narratives. Prerequisite: WGS-101.
WGS 314 Science, Women and Technology
Focuses on the relationships among science-related social institutions in the context of inequality, power and oppression by reflecting on women's experiences, including why there are so few women in science and technology and what can be done to remediate the situation. Prerequisite: WGS-101.
WGS-315 Redesigning the American Dream
Focuses on the designed and built environments that support women's needs and enhance the quality of life of women and other disenfranchised groups. Explores design concepts and spatial policies for the creation of shelters for battered and homeless women, innovative housing, and neighborhoods that support diverse households and the changing conditions of work and family life. Prerequisite: WGS-101.
WGS-321 (1 credit hour), WGS-322 (2 credit hours), WGS-323 (3 credit hours) Internship in Women's and Gender Studies
Women's and Gender Studies internships allow students the opportunity to test classroom concepts in a field setting within the University or with community agencies that provide services to women or LGBTQ people. Internships from 1 to 3 credit hours are available for Women's and Gender Studies Majors and Minors who have completed at least three Women's and Gender Studies courses. Internships can be arranged with WGS Coordinator or WGS Advisor.
WGS-331 (1 credit hour), WGS-332 (2 credit hours), WGS-333 (3 credit hours) Independent Study on Women's and Gender Studies
WGS-350 Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies
Builds on knowledge gained in other Women's and Gender Studies classes. Seminar research will focus on a different topic each year. Topics may include women and health, feminist research and theory, international women's movements, Latin American feminism and others. Prerequisites: WGS 101 plus 9 credit hours of Women's and Gender Studies and cross-listed courses or consent of instructor.
WGS-360 Queer Theory
Introduces students to key authors and texts in queer theory, shows students how it may be applied in a variety of academic fields and examines critiques of queer theory. This course aims to foster critical thinking, writing and discussion. Prequisite: WGS-210. Counts toward the minor in LGBTQ Studies.
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ANTH-307 Anthropology of Gender, Sexuality and the Body