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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Undergraduate Courses

  • WGSS 1000 - Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    An interdisciplinary fundamentals course in which students explore a range of perspectives regarding social, political, and cultural constructions of gender and sexuality and their intersection with race, ethnicity, nationality, class, disability, and other elements of diversity.

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 2HL

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • WGSS 2000 - Issues in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    Critical analysis of contemporary issues pertaining to women, gender, and sexuality.

    Requisites: WGSS 1000

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • WGSS 2100 - Women, Gender, and Rock and Roll

    An analysis of the extent to which rock and roll has challenged the boundaries of women and gender by exploring the relationship between feminism and rock. Topics might include blues, jazz, girl groups, folk, soul, punk, rap, MTV, and riot grrl.

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • WGSS 2200 - Introduction to LGBTQ Studies

    An introductory course in which students examine various historical, sociocultural, and political aspects of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer identities and experience.

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • WGSS 2900 - Special Topics in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    Specific course content will vary with offering.

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 1.0 lecture

  • WGSS 2970T - WGSS Non-Thesis Tutorial First Year

    Honors tutorial on topics in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

    Requisites: HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 tutorial

  • WGSS 2971T - WGSS Non-Thesis Tutorial Second Year

    Honors tutorial on topics in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

    Requisites: HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 tutorial

  • WGSS 2980T - WGSS Non-Thesis Tutorial First Year

    Honors tutorial on topics in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

    Requisites: HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 tutorial

  • WGSS 2981T - WGSS Non-Thesis Tutorial Second Year

    Honors tutorial on topics in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

    Requisites: HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 tutorial

  • WGSS 3200 - Sexual Revolutions

    Examines various sexual revolutions, past and present, through differing disciplinary lenses.

    Requisites: WGSS 1000 or 2000

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • WGSS 3500 - Feminist Theory

    An introduction to feminist theory. Examines feminist theoretical concepts in Europe and the U.S. from their inceptions in early 20th century through the present. Includes discussions of women and the vote, sexuality, identity politics, and girl culture. Texts are theoretical, historical, and literary. Film and video clips might be used to enhance course lectures.

    Requisites: WGSS 1000 or 2000

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • WGSS 3810J - Writing Gender

    An intensive writing workshop exploring intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality.

    Requisites: WGSS 1000 and (ENG 1510 or 1610) and (Jr or Sr)

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 1J

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

  • WGSS 3910 - Internship in Women's and Gender Studies

    Includes a 1.5-hour/week seminar and a six-hour/week work experience. The seminar focuses on applying and evaluating ideas learned in Women's Studies courses to the "real world" experience of women's organization and feminist practice. The seminar and supervised job placement are designed to help students make a successful transition into the competitive work world by testing personal strengths, clarifying preferences, and sharing reflections on work experiences with the instructor and other students.

    Requisites: WGSS 1000

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 8.0 internship

  • WGSS 3970T - WGSS Non-Thesis Tutorial Third Year

    Honors tutorial on topics in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

    Requisites: HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 tutorial

  • WGSS 3980T - WGSS Non-Thesis Tutorial Third Year

    Honors tutorial on topics in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

    Requisites: HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 tutorial

  • WGSS 4100 - Global Feminisms

    Considers women's issues and feminist movements from a global and non-Western perspective. Includes discussion of the globalization of feminism; the relationship between feminism and colonialism; the connection of women's movements to national/independence movements and revolutionary movements; and specific issues such as work/labor, sexuality, reproduction, and religion.

    Requisites: WGSS 3500

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

  • WGSS 4110 - Women and Globalization

    Explores how globalization has affected the social status of women, their economic resources, their rights, and their opportunities. Focus is on the economic effects of the spread of free market capitalism.

    Requisites: WGSS 1000

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

  • WGSS 4500 - Advanced Feminist Theory

    An exploration of post-1980s feminist theory. Begins with key Continental thinkers and moves to American theorists. Looks at important ways in which social construction has shifted the discussion of race, ethnicity, and postcoloniality away from identity and other concerns of the early Second Wave.

    Requisites: WGSS 3500

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

  • WGSS 4600 - Gender, Sexuality, and Culture

    Draws on theoretical, historical, and aesthetic texts in order to discuss the relationships among gender, sexuality, and diverse forms of cultural representation.

    Requisites: WGSS 3500

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

  • WGSS 4610 - Queer Theory

    Examines the intellectual and activist roots of queer theory, some of its most consequential statements, and current issues and debates within this body of literature.

    Requisites: WGSS 3500

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

  • WGSS 4800 - Capstone in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    Guides students in identifying and researching a topic and producing a scholarly paper of 20 or more pages. Ideally the topic will build on previous work and thus involve significant revision in order to further refine the scope of research. The development of research skills is emphasized.

    Requisites: WGSS 3500 and 6 additional hours of WGS and Sr only

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

  • WGSS 4820 - Capstone in LGBTQ Studies

    Guides students in identifying and researching a topic and producing a scholarly paper of 20 or more pages. The topic will build on previous work and thus involve significant revision in order to further refine the scope of research. The development of research skills is emphasized.

    Requisites: WGSS 4610 and 6 additional hours of WGSS and Sr

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

  • WGSS 4900 - Special Topics in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

    Focuses on specific topics of interest in the field of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

    Requisites: WGSS 1000 and (Jr or Sr)

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 6.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 seminar

  • T3 4380 - Women in the Information Age

    Examines the effects of the "information age" on women's lives. Telephones, computers, and the Internet have revolutionized the way people work and live. These technologies have affected men and women differently, however. Discusses the information age and its impact on domestic and work life. It pays special attention to the relationship between women and two of the main information technologies: the telephone and the computer. The objective is to explore the ways in which these technologies have been "gendered". Also examines the role of women in relation to the telegraph, the typewriter, video games, the Internet, and other communication and information technologies.

    Requisites: (ITS 2140 or WGSS 1000 or 6 hours Tier II Social Science) and Sr only

    Credits: 3

    General Education Code: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • POLS 4780 - Feminist Political Theories and Movements

    Explores feminist work as both a vital critical perspective and a source of alternative and transformative visions. Examine mechanisms and manifestations of patriarchy as they play out across fields of struggle--cultural, social, economic, as well as traditional political spaces. The relationship between patriarchal forms of oppression and other practices of domination--race, sexuality, class, or ethnicity based critically analyzed. Normative visions generated from feminist perspectives explored as alternatives to patriarchal orderings.

    Requisites: POLS 2700 and WGSS 1000

    Credits: 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture

  • WGSS 4930 - Independent Reading

    Directed individual reading or research.

    Requisites: Permission required

    Credits: 1 - 3

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 6.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 independent study

  • WGSS 4970T - WGSS Thesis Tutorial

    Honors tutorial thesis in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

    Requisites: HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 tutorial

  • WGSS 4980T - WGSS Thesis Tutorial

    Honors tutorial thesis in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

    Requisites: HTC

    Credits: 1 - 15

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 15.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 tutorial

  • WGSS 4990H - Honors Project

    Completion of individual writing project for B.A. with honors and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major.

    Requisites: Permission required

    Credits: 1 - 6

    Repeat/Retake Information: May be repeated for a maximum of 12.0 hours.

    Lecture/Lab Hours: 2.0 tutorial

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