Women’s and Gender Studies Courses
WGS 1001. Commons Seminar. Topics Vary.
WGS 1111. First-Year Writing Seminar. Topics Vary.
WGS 1150. Sex and Gender in Everyday Life. Sex and gender roles in culture and society. Gender, race, and class. Women and men in literature, art, culture, politics, and institutions.
WGS 1150W. Sex and Gender in Everyday Life. Sex and gender roles in culture and society. Gender, race, and class. Women and men in literature, art, culture, politics, and institutions.
WGS 1160. Sex and Society. Historical, cultural, and social contexts of sexual diversity, discrimination, and sexual violence. Understanding the centrality of sexuality to identity; challenging harmful modes of sexual expression; developing critical awareness of sex and sexuality.
WGS 1272. Feminism and Film. Images of gender and race; techniques, sound, lighting, cinematography in relation in gender.
WGS 2225. Women in Popular Culture. Gender differentiation in popular culture and consumer products. Portrayal of women in movies, print, music, and the Internet. The sources and effects of these portrayals. Women as both consumers and consumed.
WGS 2226. Gender, Race, and Class. How different societies use the categories of gender, race, and class to make distinctions among their members. How these categories intersect and mediate one another and contribute to inequalities in the distribution of political power, social well-being, and material and symbolic resources.
WGS 2240. Introduction to Women’s Health. How culture influences women’s health, body image, self esteem. Issues include fertility control and child bearing, medical innovations to detect disease, alternative therapies, psychological well-being, sexuality, physical and sexual abuse. Impact of politics on health options for women.
WGS 2242/HONS 1810W.69. Women Who Kill. Comparison between classical and contemporary views. Adjudication of women who kill.
WGS 2243. Sociologies of Men and Masculinity. Traditional and emerging perspectives on masculinity and male gender-roles. Emphasis on relationship between social forces and males’ everyday experiences across the life span.
WGS 2244: The Body, Culture, and Feminism. The body as a cultural, social, and historical construction. Western culture and narratives of “normalcy” and their impact on identity and representation. Body image and eating disorders. Cultural politics of size, weight, and shape. Disability. Cosmetic surgery.
WGS 2248. Humor and Cultural Critique in Fannie Flagg’s Novels. Humor used to address cultural issues in Southern small-town America from 1920-1970. Gender, race, community, and feminism in Fannie Flagg’s novels.
WGS 2249. Women and Humor in the Age of Television. The period 1950 to present. Television variety shows, sitcoms, and stand-up comedy as media for promoting women’s humor and feminism.
WGS 2252. Sex and Scandals in Literature. From the eighteenth century to the present. Women’s and men’s disorderly conduct as represented in literary texts. Charlotte Rowson, Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Henry James, and Toni Morrison.
WGS 2254. Feminist Fictions. From the nineteenth century to the present. Feminist ideas and ideals as represented in literary texts. Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Virginia Woolf, Alice Walker, and Margaret Atwood.
WGS 2256. Literary Lesbians. From the nineteenth century to the present. How girls’ and women’s intimacies are monitored and policed in literature and culture. Impact of race, class, religion, and disability on expression and reception of relationships.
WGS 2259. Reading and Writing Lives. Interdisciplinary exploration of life- stories as narratives. Strategies of self-representation and interpretation, with particular attention to women. Includes fiction, biography, autobiography, history, ethnography, and the writing of life-story narratives.
WGS 2259W. Reading and Writing Lives. Interdisciplinary exploration of life- stories as narratives. Strategies of self-representation and interpretation, with particular attention to women. Includes fiction, biography, autobiography, history, ethnography, and the writing of life-story narratives.
WGS 2261. Gender and Law in Classical Antiquity. Social values reflected in Greek and Roman law and literature. Homer, Sophocles, Euripides, and Ovid.
WGS 2261W. Gender and Law in Classical Antiquity. Social values reflected in Greek and Roman law and literature. Homer, Sophocles, Euripides, and Ovid.
WGS 2262. Gender and Ethics. Religious worldviews connected to moral traditions. Epistemological and ethical systems and their relationship to gender and patriarchy. Social construction of gender; violence against women; feminism; and difference. No credit for students who earned credit for RLST 223 before fall 2014.
WGS 2266. Bodies of Law. Legal regulation of sex, gender, and the body. Reproductive rights, rape, and domestic violence, trafficking of women and girls, discrimination and hate crimes, and pornography.
WGS 2267. Seminar on Gender and Violence. In-depth study of violence against women, with a service learning component in a community setting. Topics include domestic abuse, rape, sexual harassment, pornography, and global violence. Focus on problems and potential solutions, examining violence on a societal, institutional, and individual level, interrogating the “personal as political,” and exposing power structures that shape our communities.
WGS 2268. Gender, Race, Justice, and the Environment. Gender and racial aspects of environmental degradation. Risk, activism, health and illness, policy and politics.
WGS 2270. Ecofeminism: Theory, Politics, and Action. Interconnections among the exploitation of nature, the oppression of women, and the abuse of resources that have led to the current global ecological crisis.
WGS 2610. Womanism in Global Context. Survey of global Womanist (Black Feminist) theory and praxis. Race, class, sexuality, spirituality, and activism. Controversies over female bodies.
WGS 2612. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies. Introductory study of sexual identity, queer theory, relationships, politics.
WGS 2613. Compulsory Couplehood. From the nineteenth century to the present. Legal and societal implications of marriage. Marginalization of the single person. Different gendered stereotypes of the uncoupled adult, including the bachelor and the spinster. Non-normative forms of kinship and relationships. Primarily United States with global perspectives. Scholarly and pop-cultural texts.
WGS 2614. Cowboys, Gangsters, and Drag Kings: Introduction to Critical Masculinity Studies. Critical examination of representations of masculinity in patriarchal societies. Constructed nature of masculinity in relation to race, sexuality, class, national, and religious identifications. Historical, sociological, literary, cinematic, and visual art analyses.
WGS 2615. Transgender Lives in Literature and Film. Global study of transgender representation in film and literature. Cultural theory approach, utilizing work from the fields of transgender, queer, feminist, and disability studies.
WGS 3201. Women and Gender in Transnational Context. Gender as a social construction. Feminist critiques of knowledge, family and work, sexuality, health and medicine, and the women’s movement. The future of feminism in global context.
WGS 3246W. Women’s Rights, Women’s Wrongs. Intellectual and theoretical foundations for contemporary feminist theory and politics in the United States, based upon works by nineteenth- and twentieth-century authors.
WGS 3250. Contemporary Women’s Movements. Recent feminist history. The origins and parameters of women’s movements from the 1960’s to the present.
WGS 3250W. Contemporary Women’s Movements. Recent feminist history. The origins and parameters of women’s movements from the 1960’s to the present.
WGS 3271. Feminist Legal Theory. Theoretical issues about the interaction between law and gender. Application of feminist analysis and perspective to law relating to family, work, criminal law, reproductive freedom, pornography, and sexual harassment.
WGS 3273. Seminar on Psychoanalysis and Feminism. Historical and contemporary perspectives on the ling and ambivalent relationship between psychoanalysis and feminism. Trauma, hysteria, narcissism, gender, and the family.
WGS 3281. Globalization and Policy-Making. Western historical conceptualizations of the state. Socio-political contexts.
WGS 3303. Feminist Disability Studies. Gender, disability, and the body. Theories of disability, performance arts, eugenics, disability rights movement, and technology. Intersectional analysis of disability alongside race, ethnicity, sexuality, and class. Memoir, history, qualitative research, and literary analysis.
WGS 3850. Independent Study. A program of reading and research for advanced students in an area of women’s and gender studies arranged in consultation with an adviser.
WGS 3881. Internship Training. Under faculty supervision, students gain experience combining theoretical and practical work in a project related to social change and focused on women, feminism, or gender. Legislative, community, educational, or non-profit settings. Internship plan developed between student and faculty sponsor, with approval of Women’s and Gender Studies program director. A thorough report and research paper are submitted at the end of the semester.
WGS 3882. Internship Research. Under faculty supervision, students gain experience combining theoretical and practical work in a project related to social change and focused on women, feminism, or gender. Legislative, community, educational, or non-profit settings. Internship plan developed between student and faculty sponsor, with approval of Women’s and Gender Studies program director. A thorough report and research paper are submitted at the end of the semester.
WGS 3883. Internship Reading. Under faculty supervision, students gain experience combining theoretical and practical work in a project related to social change and focused on women, feminism, or gender. Legislative, community, educational, or non-profit settings. Internship plan developed between student and faculty sponsor, with approval of Women’s and Gender Studies program director. A thorough report and research paper are submitted at the end of the semester.
WGS 3891. Special Topics: Topics in Gender, Culture, and Representation. Topics vary.
WGS 3892. Special Topics: Topics in Gender, Society, and Political Economy. Topics vary.
WGS 3893. Selected Topics. Topics vary.
WGS 4960. Senior Seminar. Advanced reading and research.
WGS 4998. Honors Research. Reading and research under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.
WGS 4999. Honors Thesis. Open only to seniors in the Women’s and Gender Studies Honors Program.
WGS 8301. Gender and Sexuality: Feminist Approaches. Interdisciplinary introduction to the major debates, theoretical terms, and research methods in feminist, gender, sexuality, and queer studies.
WGS 8302. Gender and Pedagogy. Feminist theories of teaching and learning; gender and diversity in the classroom; critical pedagogy.
WGS 8303. Queer Theory. History and development of queer theory. Key intellectual antecedents, significant theorists, and current trends. How sexuality intersects with gender, race, class, nationality, ability, and religion.
WGS 8304. Gender, Power, and Justice. Theoretical, historical, and cultural analysis of power structures and politics; analysis of activist and academic responses to contemporary political questions.
WGS 8989. Independent Study.
AFRICAN AMERICAN AND DIASPORA STUDIES: 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar*; 1204, Diaspora Feminisms; 2104, Popular Culture and Black Sexual Politics; 3214, Black Masculinity: Social Imagery and Public Policy; 2214, History and Myth: Black Women in the United States; 4264, Black Diaspora Women Writers.
CLASSICAL STUDIES: 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar*; 3100, Women, Sexuality, and the Family in Ancient Greece and Rome.
COMMUNICATION STUDIES: 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar*; 3100, Rhetoric of Social Movements; 3110, Women, Rhetoric, and Social Change; 3720, Communicating Gender; 2950, Rhetoric of Mass Media; 3890, Selected Topics in Communication Studies*.
DIVINITY: 7123, Ethics and Society: Justice.
ENGLISH: 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar*; 1111.19, Growing up Latina and Latino; 1230W, Literature and Analytical Thinking*; 1260W, Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis*; 3658, Latino-American Literature; 3742, Feminist Theory; 3622, Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers; 3658, Latino-American Literature; 3670W, Colonial and Postcolonial Literature; 3674, Caribbean Literature; 3890, 3890W, Movements in Literature*; 3890.01, Seminar Movements in Literature – Love Books; 3894, 3894W, Major Figures in Literature*; 3670, 3670W, Colonial and Post-Colonial Literature*; 3898, 3898W, Special Topics in English and American Literature*.
FRENCH: 3230, French and Francophone Cinema; 4320, French Feminist Thought: Literary and Critical; 4322, Adultery and Transgressions in Literature.
GERMAN: 4535, German Romanticism; 4537, Women and Modernity; 2444, German Fairy Tales: From Brothers Grimm to Walt Disney; 3344, Women at the Margins: German-Jewish Writers.
HISTORY: 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar*; 2835, Sexuality and Gender in the Western Tradition to 1700; 2840, Sexuality and Gender in the Western Tradition since 1700; 3010, Pornography and Prostitution in History; 2810, Women, Health, and Sexuality; 4960, Majors Seminar*.
HISTORY OF ART: 2765, Art since 1945; 3228W, Gender and Sexuality in Greek Art; 3840, Directed Study*; 4960, Advanced Seminar in History of Art*.
ITALIAN: 3340, Famous Women by Boccaccio.
JEWISH STUDIES: 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar*.
MEDICINE, HEALTH, AND SOCIETY: 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar*; 3890, Special Topics*.
PHILOSOPHY: 3604, Gender and Sexuality; 3007, French Feminism.
POLITICAL SCIENCE: 2209, Issues in Political Theory; 2236, The Politics of Global Inequality; 3264W, Global Feminisms; 3271, Feminist Theory and Research; 3893, Selected Topics in American Government*.
PSYCHOLOGY: 3705, Human Sexuality.
RELIGIOUS STUDIES: 1111, First-Year Writing Seminar; 2220, Ethics and Ecology; 3225, Sexuality in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East; 3926, Ancient Goddesses; 3930, Women and Religion; 4834, Post-Freudian Theories and Religion; 4938, Marriage in the Ancient Near East and the Hebrew Bible; 4554, The Qur’an and Its Interpreters.
SOCIOLOGY: 3611, Women and the Law; 3603, Women and Social Activism; 3221, The Family; 3711, Women, Gender, and Globalization; 3604, American Social Movements; 3704, Gender in Society; 3616, Women and Public Policy in America; 3704, Race, Gender, and Sport; 3723, Gender, Sexuality, and the Body; 3304, Race, Gender, and Health; 3724, Gender Identities, Interactions, and Relationships.
SPANISH: 4755, Latin and Latin American Women Writers; 2990, Images of the Feminine in Spanish Cinema; 3893, Special Topics in Hispanic Literature*.
THEATRE: 3741, Elements of Basic Design: Costuming and Makeup; 2781, The History of Fashion: Sex and Propaganda.