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 Social/Behavioral Sciences 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

An intensive investigation of a special area of Women's and Gender Studies for Majors and Minors of the Program. Independent study can be arranged with WGS Coordinator or WGS Advisor.

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.

Cross-Listed/ELECTIVE Courses

Check NEIU Academic Catalog for course descriptions, credit hours and prerequisites.  


ANTH-307               Anthropology of Gender, Sexuality and the Body

Communication, Media and Theatre

CMTC-313             Communication, Gender and Identity
CMTM-377             Gender and Media
CMTT-337              Women Playwrights


ENGL-303              Contemporary Gay and Lesbian Literature
ENGL-367              Rethinking Race and Gender
ENGL-371              Studies in Women’s Literature
ENGL-372              American Women Writers of the 19th Century


HiST-315               Women in Medieval Society
HIST-338               Women in American History

Justice Studies

JUST-311               Women, Crime and the Criminal Justice System
JUST-321               Violence Against Women
JUST-322               Women, Justice and the Law
JUST-324               Women as Political Prisoners
JUST-325               Women and Revolution: Theories of Justice
JUST-328               Social Justice and LGBTQ Issues
JUST-355               LGBTQ Communities and Crime


PHIL-105                Feminist Philosophy
PHIL-218                Philosophy of Sex
PHIL-353                Feminism and the Philosophy of Science
PHIL-366                Feminist Ethics
PHIL-373                Advanced Feminist Philosophy

Political Science

PSCI-322                Women and Political Influence in the 21st Century
PSCI-373                Gender and Politics
PSCI-398                Law and Social Change


PSYC-312               Psychological Development in Women


SOC-105                Social Inequalities and Social Change
SOC-214                Sociology of Intimacy, Marriages and Families
SOC-270                Sociology of Latinas
SOC-306                Women, Gender and the "F Word"
SOC-307                Men and Masculinities
SOC-329                Sociology of Violence
SOC-344                African American Women: Feminism, Race and Resistance
SOC-347                Sociology of Media
SOC-352                Sociology of HIV/AIDS

Social Work

SWK-208                Human Sexuality and Social Work
SWK-312                Women and Social Work
SWK-320                Domestic Violence Social Work: Theory and Practice