Course Descriptions and Elective Courses

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WGS 1001 (Evolution of Sex and Gender, 3 hours): Interdisciplinary course, team-taught by faculty in the physical and social sciences. Covers evolution as differential reproduction; reproduction-related earth history highlights; genetics of sex; animal reproduction strategies; anatomy and physiology of human reproductive systems; evolutionary trajectories in primates; sex and gender in human prehistory and in culture. This course does not count towards the concentration or minor requirements. However, it does meet general education requirements for Natural Sciences.


WGS 2200 (Popular Culture and Gender, 3 hours): This course examines a variety of popular culture forms from a women's studies and gender perspective. Emphasis on the effects of gender, race, class, sexual orientation and age.


WGS 2300 (Gender and Health, 3 hours): Focus is on the variety of health concerns that are also related to gender, including disparities and differences in health needs and responses, historical and contemporary notions of health and gender, and how gender and health intersect with class, ethnicity, age, and place.


WGS 2500 (Introduction to WGS, 3 hours): Interdisciplinary study of women's lives: work, family, sexuality, economic development, political and social change; variance in sex roles among cultural groups and in different historical periods. This course is required for both the concentration and the minor and fulfills general education requirements for Humanities.

WGS 2501 (Honors Introduction to WGS, 3 hours): This is a General Education course. Same as WGS 2500, with special honors emphasis for qualified students. This course is open to students outside the Honors College. Credit will not be given for this course and WGS 2500. 


WGS 2900 (Gender, Race, and Nation, 3 hours): This course examines the constructs of gender and sexuality across diverse racial, ethnic, cultural, and class boundaries. This course is required for the concentration and fulfills general education requirements for Social Sciences.


WGS 3150 (Survey of Feminist Theory, 3 hours): Interdisciplinary study of a range of feminist theories through which to consider the roles of women, gender, and sexuality. This course is required for the concentration.


WGS 3600 (Women and Leadership, 3 hours): Interdisciplinary study of gender and leadership. Emphasis on women as leaders in a range of settings in education and society.


WGS 4028 (Gender & American Politics, 3 hours): Study of the role gender plays in the political arena in the United States.


WGS 4087 (Gender, Place & Culture, 3 hours) also offered as GEOG 4087 & ANTH 4087): Through the lens of gender this course explores the geographices of everyday life to show how notions of maleness and femaleness influence how we understand and relate to the world around us, from our built environment, to the places we invest with meaning, and the very ways we live, work, travel and explore.


WGS 4500 (Special Topics in WGS, 3 hours, may be taken for up to 6 hours, Prereq.: WGS 2500): Issues must be central to contemporary feminist inquiry. This course is required for both the concentration and the minor.

 

WGS 4541(Gender and the Law, Prereq. permission of department, 3 hours): Women’s de jure and de facto legal status in U.S. jurisdictions; the history of suffrage and demands for equal rights for men and women, violence against women and violence committed by women, property rights, inheritance rights, reproductive rights, marriage, child custody, the definition of family, Title IX issues, employment discrimination, and gender issues in the legal profession.


WGS 4900 (Independent Reading and Research in WGS, 3 hours, Prereq.: WGS 2500 and permission of instructor and department): With permission, advanced students may also arrange to complete an independent study with a WGS faculty member on an interdisciplinary topic. May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary. Reading and research on selected topics must emphasize feminist interdisciplinary approaches.


WGS 7150 (Seminar in Feminist and Gender Theory, 3 hours): Topics in recent and contemporary theory in a range of disciplines including the humanities, social sciences, natural and physical sciences, design, and education; students are encouraged to develop research projects relevant to their primary disciplines and to their research interests.

 

WGS 7500 (Special Topics in Women’s and Gender and Sexuality Studies, 3 hours): Prereq.: Permission of department. May be taken for a max. of 6 hrs. of credit when topics vary. Topics in a range of disciplines including the humanities, social sciences, natural and physical sciences, art + design, and education; students are encouraged to develop research projects relevant to their primary disciplines and to their research interests. 

 

WGS 7900 (Independent Reading and Research in WGS, 3 hours): May be taken for a max. of 6 sem. hrs. of credit.


Approved WGS Undergrad Major Electives

Social Sciences/Humanities

  • CLST 2080 Women in Antiquity
  • CMST 3115 Gender and Communication
  • ENGL 2593 Images of Women
  • ENGL 3593 Women and Literature
  • ENGL 4493 Women and Folklore
  • ENGL 4593 Seminar in Women’s Studies
  • FREN 4090 French and Francophone Women Writers
  • HIST 4079 Women in U.S. History
  • KIN 2600 Human Sexuality
  • PHIL 4949 Topics in Philosophy of Gender
  • REL 3300 Women and Religion
  • REL 4032 Religion, Gender, and Society
  • SOCL 4463 Gender and Crime
  • SOCL 4521 Sociology of Gender
  • SPAN 4100 Women Writers of the Hispanic World
  • SW 2500 Intro to LGBTQ Studies
  • THTR 4021 Gender and Sexuality in Performance
  • WGS 2200 Popular Culture and Gender                                                                                                                                         
  • WGS/POLI 4028 Gender and American Politics
  • WGS/ANTH/GEOG 4087 Gender, Place, and Culture
  • WGS 4541 Gender and Law                                                                                                                                                                                      
  • WGS 4900 Independent Reading and Research in WGS

Cross-Cultural

  • ANTH 2051 Introduction to World Ethnography
  • ANTH 3401 The Study of Folklore
  • ANTH 4003 Indian Civilization of Middle and South America
  • ANTH 4050 Black Music in America
  • ANTH 4051 Africa
  • ANTH 4053 African-American Cultures
  • ANTH 4470 Folklore of the African Diaspora
  • ANTH 4475 American Folklore
  • EDCI 4800 Teaching in the Multicultural Classroom
  • ENGL 3401 The Study of Folklore
  • ENGL 3674 Survey of African-American Literature
  • ENGL 4674 Studies in African-American Literature
  • HIST 4077 American Popular Culture
  • REL 4800 Buddhism
  • SPAN 3044 Introduction to Latin American Literature II\
  • SPAN 3074 Advanced Readings on Hispanic-American Civilization

Approved WGS Undergrad Minor Electives

Literature

  • ENGL 2593 Images of Women
  • ENGL 3593 Women and Literature
  • ENGL 4593 (depending on topic) Seminar in Women's Studies
  • FREN 4090 French and Francophone Women Writers
  • SPAN 4100 Women Writers of the Hispanic World

Culture & Society

  • ENGL 4493 Women and Folklore
  • CLST 2080 Women in Antiquity
  • HIST 4079 Women in U.S. History
  • REL 3300 Women and Religion
  • SOCL 4521 Sociology of Gender
  • CMST 3115 Gender and Communication
  • WGS 4028 Gender and American Politics

Theory

  • ENGL 4593 (depending on topic) Seminar in Women's Studies
  • WGS 3150 Survey of Feminist Theory