Note: The course descriptions here are abbreviated. Please check the Academic Catalog for full descriptions.

WGS-101 Introduction to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

This course introduces students to major issues and debates within the interdisciplinary field of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. This course is a General Education course and fulfills a Humanities requirement. It also fulfills the Improving Human Relations graduation requirement.

WGS-109A. First Year Experience: Sex Lives In Chicago. 3 Hours.

FYE: Sex Lives in Chicago critically examines sexualities in the social and physical space of Chicago from a feminist, sex-positive standpoint. In this course, the five foundations of the First-Year Experience (Future Planning, Integral Preparation, Research, Self-discovery and Transitions) are interwoven into the concepts of sexualities, gender and power. This course explores the diversity of sexual identities, practices, and behaviors in historical and modern Chicago. Students will discover the diversity and complexity of sexualities in Chicago through readings, speakers, films, and field experiences while simultaneously building personal and academic skills that ensure success at NEIU.

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: Writing Intensive Program: Writing for Social Change.

Examines the importance of writing for resistance and advocacy in struggles for social change and justice. Students also learn and practice writing in the discipline of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies.
Prerequisites: (WSP-101 minimum grade of C or WGS-101 minimum grade of C) and ENGL-101 minimum grade of C. 

WGS-202 Feminist Activism

This course, subtitled Grassroots Resistance in the U.S., focuses on women as social actors 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. Popular analyses of women and social change often limit themselves to women's roles in families and paid workplaces. Focus is on ordinary women who are working collectively in diverse social settings to empower themselves and others, exploring barriers women face, goals and strategies for social change, and the rewards and challenges of feminist grassroots activism. Prerequisite: WGS-101

WGS-210 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies

The Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) Studies offers an introductory and interdisciplinary approach to studying the lives, histories and cultures of LGBTQ communities and allies. This course focuses on the multiplicity and diversity in gender and sexual expression including how race, class, ability and other identity markers shape LGBTQ lives. Examining introductory questions in gender and sexualities studies, the course addresses the intersection of identity, knowledge and action through critical thinking, analysis, active learning and social engagement. Counts toward the minor in LGBTQ Studies and as a Social/Behavioral General Education course.

WGS-302 Feminist Theory

This course, is designed to give an introduction into conceptions of feminist theories. Moreover, much of the course will be spent reading and writing about theory. We will begin with an attempt to articulate the assumptions that underlie contemporary feminist theories by tracing the theoretical conceptions they are based upon. Our focus will be 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

This interdisciplinary course introduces students to historical and theoretical research through a series of topics: Identity, Sex, Violence, Activism, and Beyond. This will form the contexts for exploring issues and questions surrounding lesbian and queer cultures. Books, articles, magazines, videos, films, music, art, and more will be used. What makes up, establishes, creates, develops, organizes lesbian and queer cultures? This will be examined, in the context of various struggles over meanings and identities, considering that those meanings change over time and context and differ across race, class and other identity markers. Counts toward the minor in LGBTQ Studies.

WGS-311 Power, Knowledge and Communities: Feminists' Engagements with Education

This course 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. Topics to be addressed include the historical constructions, representation of schooling and the teaching profession, popular culture and education, and sexuality and schooling.

WGS-312 Women and Global Human Rights

Women's issues have recently been viewed through the lens of human rights. Increasingly they are included in the goals, programs and policies of international human rights organizations, from the United Nations to Amnesty International. This course will examine this shift in perspective and the impact it is having on women's lives worldwide. We will explore international human rights as they apply to women. What do we mean by "human rights"? How have these rights been socially defined, struggled over, and, in some cases, won? To what extent have women and women's rights been included in these conversations and struggles?

WGS-313 Radical Feminist Imagination in Literature

Examination of literary works broadly representative of something called feminist imaginative response to U.S. patriarchy. The meaning of radical feminism will be explored as authors from a range of racial, class, and sexual identities are placed 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. The course will investigate how these texts formulate a narrative of women's liberation against the dominant patriarchal narratives that inform cultural consciousness and social relations.

WGS-316. Science And The Gendered Body

This course traces the history of how gender and sex are identified and studied in scientific and medical fields and how cultural conception of gender and sex can influence the interpretation of scientific phenomena. Readings draw from the primary scientific literature, the history and philosophy of science, and cultural anthropological analyses of science and medicine.

WGS-321 (1 credit hour), WGS-322 (2 credit hours), WGS-323 (3 credit hours) Internship in Women's, Gender AND SEXUALITY Studies

Women's, Gender and Sexuality 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, Gender and Sexuality Studies Majors and Minors who have completed at least three WGS 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 In Women's, Gender AND SEXUALITY Studies

An intensive investigation of a special area of Women's, Gender & Sexuality 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, Gender AND SEXUALITY Studies

This interdisciplinary capstone course builds on knowledge gained in other Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies classes. Advanced instruction in appropriate areas such as: feminist theory and methodology, international women's movements, and other topics. Includes a component on research methods/writing. Consent of the instructor is necessary. This course is a requirement for students completing the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Major and Minor.
Prerequisite: WSP-101 minimum grade of C or WGS-101 minimum grade of C. plus 9 credit hours of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and cross-listed courses or consent of instructor.

WGS-360 Queer Theory

Queer theory developed in the early 1990s out of the conjunction of feminist theory, sexuality studies, and queer activism. This course introduces students to some of the key authors and texts in queer theory, shows students how queer theory may be applied in a variety of academic fields, and examines critiques of queer theory as androcentric, Eurocentric, overly intellectual, and impractical. This course aims to foster critical thinking, writing, and discussion. We will go beyond merely digesting theorists' work to actively engaging with the material and critiquing both commonly held assumptions and academic theories about gender and sexuality. Counts toward the minor in LGBTQ Studies.
Prerequisite: WSP-210 minimum grade of C or WGS-210 minimum grade of C.

Cross-Listed/ELECTIVE Courses

Check the 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