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Course Number Course Title Day & Time Instructor Room Office Hours
WMST 2000-001
Intro to Feminist Studies
Introduces students to the field of Women & Gender Studies. Examines gender issues in the United States from interdisciplinary, multicultural, and feminist perspectives. Covers such topics as sexuality, beauty ideals, women’s health, violence against women, work, the economy, peace and war, and the environment. Meets MAPS requirement for social science: general. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity.

A&S Core: Human Diversity

Tu/Th 11-12:15 C. Montoya HLMS 199

Tu 12:30-1:30;
3:00 – 4:00
COTT 203

WMST 2020-001
Femininities, Masculinities, Alternatives
Examines contemporary experiences of people around the world as they negotiate dominant and subversive understandings of gendered identities. Focuses on the ways in which the material and discursive circumstances of people’s lives shape their opportunities for resistance and creative construction. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity.

A&S Core: Human Diversity

MWF 11-11:50 S. Bullington HLMS 267

W/F 1-2pm
COTT 209

WMST 2050-001
Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture
Explores diverse cultural forms such as film, popular fiction and non-fiction, music videos, public art, websites, blogs and zines which are shaped by, and in turn shape popular understandings of gender at the intersections of race, class, ability, religion, nation, and imperialism. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity.

A&S Core: Human Diversity

S. Bowen EDUC 220

M 2-4pm
C4C N450

WMST 2200-001
Women, Literature, and the Arts
Introduces the contributions of women to literature and the performing arts from a historical and cross-cultural perspective. Emphasizes the cultural contexts in which artworks are created, as well as representations of gender and sexuality. Stresses issues of structure, content, and style, along with the acquisition of basic techniques of literary and arts criticism. Recommended prereq., WMST 2000

A&S Core: Human Diversity; Literature & Arts

MWF 10-10:50 S. Adams EDUC 155

MW 11-12
COTT 206

WMST 2600-001
Gender, Race, and Class in a Global Context
Examines the positionality of women in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and power relations in a global context. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: contemporary societies.

A&S Core: Contemporary Societies

E. David HLMS 211

W 12:30-2:30
COTT 210

WMST 2700-001
Psychology of Contemporary American Women
Surveys psychological theory and research concerning contemporary American women. Deals with such issues as masculine bias in American culture, sex difference in cognitive functioning and personality, psychological conflict for women between career and home, and, finally, specific areas pertaining to women’s mental health. Recommended prereq., WMST 2000 or PSYC 1001. Same as PSYC 2700.

A&S Core: human diversity

G. Russell HLMS 237

F 1-2; 3-4;
COTT 206

WMST 3311-001
Gender and U.S. Politics: Protest, Polls and Policy
Provides an overview and critical examination of women as political actors within the United States. Students will examine the gendered components of citizenship, election, political office, and public policy. Furthermore, students will explore the ways in which gender intersects with class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and other identities in U.S. politics. Same as PSCI 3311.
L. Bayard de Volo HLMS 241

Tu 1:15-1:45
Th 3:25-4:45
COTT 102

WMST 3500-001
Global Gender Issues
Introduces global gender issues, such as the gendered division of labor in the global economy, migration, women’s human rights, environmental issues, gender violence in war, women in the military, nationalism and feminism, and the representation of the Third World in the United States. Offers students the opportunity to broaden their perspectives beyond the borders of the United States. Recommended prereq., WMST 2000 or WMST 2050 or WMST 2600. Requisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors) only.
R. Buffington HLMS 211

Tu 10:30-11:30;
Th 2-3pm;
COTT 201

WMST 3700-001
Topics: Sexual Spaces
This class explores the multifaceted relationships of sexuality and space/place. We will focus on sexuality in particular spaces (such as prisons, boarding schools, and highway rest areas) as well as the ways that sexuality (or its absence) creates particular spaces (such as gay neighborhoods, churches, and red light districts). We will look at the relationships of sexualities to public/private distinctions, as well as rural/urban, sacred/profane, and home/away. We will explore global issues around sexuality such as the role of sexuality in colonization, contemporary sex tourism and sex trafficking, and sexuality and nationalism more broadly. After reflecting on methodological considerations in studying sexuality and place (such as access, trust, and insider/outsider dynamics), you will have the opportunity to apply what you’ve learned about the ways that sexuality and place shape one another in the midst of broader discourses of nation, gender, religion, race, class, and generation as you undertake a field research project on campus or in the local community.
May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Recommended prereq., WMST 2000 or 2600. Restricted to sophomores/juniors/seniors.
MWF 12-12:50 S. Bullington HLMS 229

W/F 1-2pm
COTT 209

WMST 3700-002
Topics: Disney's Women and Girls
It comes as no surprise that the mediated world in which we live is awash in Disney products. From theme parks to films to a television channel to a global media presence, Disney’s reach is extensive. Disney’s media products are, for the most part, uncritically accepted as good, clean entertainment and, most importantly, good for children. Indeed, Disney-branded productions are seen as a kind of media “safe haven,” praised both for not pandering to the sex and violence crowd and for offering content that provides positive role models for young girls, introduces audiences to important moments in history, and offers culturally diverse characters.
In this course we will examine these assumptions. Working from the perspective of media literate consumers looking through a feminist lens, we will take a critical look at a representative sample of Disney’s animated films, paying particular attention to Disney’s representations of gender, race, class and sexual orientation. Too, we will examine some of the practices of the corporation itself in order to better understand the Disney phenomenon in its totality.
May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours for different topics. Recommended prereq., WMST 2000 or 2600.
MWF 1-1:50 D. Walker EDUC 155

F 11-12:30
COTT 206

WMST 3930
Women and Gender Studies Internship
Provides field experience in local and national government and non-governmental agencies focusing on women and gender-related issues. Supervision by approved field instructors. Students must relate their academic experience to their field work experience though a portfolio and a final paper. Recommended prereq., 6 hours of course work in Women and Gender Studies and 30 cumulative credit hours. Please contact the Women & Gender Studies Program for enrollment information.
WMST 3940
Practicum: Gender Justice League
Enriches the academic experience of majors and minors within the Women and Gender Studies program. This course usually will combine readings from books with lectures and discussions, community outreach and in-house publications spanning the interdisciplinary focus of the program. May be repeated up to 4 total credit hours. Restricted to WMST majors or minors.
Contact WGST Office to enroll.
  C. Montoya COTT 110

Tu 12:30-1:30;
3:00 – 4:00
COTT 203

WMST 4010
Gender, Genocide, and Mass Trauma
Studies the persistence of genocide and the effects of mass trauma on women and girls. Within the framework of political and social catastrophe, the course examines cataclysmic world events and the traumatic consequences for women of religious persecution, colonialism, slavery, and the genocides of the twentieth and twenty first centuries. Recommended prereq., SOCY 1016 or WMST 1016 or WMST 2000 or SOCY 3314 or WMST 3314. SOCY 4000 and WMST 4010 are the same course.
J. Jacobs HLMS 201

Tu 2-4pm
4th Floor

WMST 4840
Independent Study
May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Please contact the Women & Gender Studies Program for enrollment information.
WMST 4950
Honors Research
For qualified WMST majors working on the research phase of departmental honors. Prereq., junior/senior standing and 3.30 overall GPA.
Please contact the Women & Gender Studies Program for enrollment information.
WMST 4999
Senior Honors Thesis
Qualified Women and Gender Studies majors may write an honors thesis, an in-depth research paper, on a topic of choice. Thesis hours available to majors only after successfully completing the research phase.
Please contact the Women & Gender Studies Program for enrollment information.
WMST 6190-001
Feminist Methodologies
Explores feminist methodology across a range of disciplines. Themes include experience and interpretation, the social position of the researcher, language and argument structure, knowledge and power, bias and objectivity, and the ethics and politics of research. Meets the requirements for the WGST certificate. Same as COML 6190. Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
C. Montoya COTT 110

Tu 12:30-1:30;
3:00 – 4:00
COTT 203

WMST 6290-001
Grad Topics: Global History of Sexuality
Provides a wide-ranging introduction to the history of sexuality from the late eighteenth century to the present day through engagement with very best and most recent interdisciplinary research into what sexuality has meant in the everyday lives of individuals; in the imagined communities formed by the powerful bonds of shared religion, ethnicity, language, and national citizenship; and on the turbulent global stage of cultural encounter, imperialist expansion, transnational migration, and international commerce. The course is organized around four interrelated processes: the formation of sexual identities, the regulation of sexuality by societal norms, the regulation of sexuality by institutions, and the intersection of sexuality with global/transnational processes. Course topics include sexuality and the nation-state, sexuality and modern imperialism, sex and disease, sexuality and international migration, sex trafficking, sexuality and mass media, and contemporary sexual rights movements.
May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Meets the requirements for the WGST certificate. Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
R. Buffington COTT 111

Tu 10:30-11:30;
Th 2-3pm;
COTT 201

Featured Cross-listed classes

Course Number Course Title Day & Time Instructor Room Office Hours
LGBT 2000-001
WMST 2030-001
Introduction to LGBT Studies
Investigates the social and historical meanings of racial, gender, and sexual identities and their relationship to contemporary lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender communities. Same as WMST 2030. Approved for GT-SS3. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity.
Requirement for LGBT Studies Certificate; please visit LGBT.Colorado.edu

A&S Core: Human Diversity

MW 4:30-5:45 E. David CLUB 4

W 12:30-2:30
COTT 210

PSCI 3174-001
WMST 3174-001
Sex, Power, and Politics: U.S. Perspectives
Explores how norms of sex, gender, race and sexuality find expression in institutions and policies in ways that legitimize only certain individuals as political actors, certain identities as politically relevant, and certain relationships as important. Critically examines how norms may be exposed, resisted, and changed by studying the politics of the women’s, gay liberation, and men’s movements in the U.S. Recommended prereq., PSCI 2004 or WMST 2000 or LGBT 2000. Same as WMST 3174.
M. Ferguson HUMN 125  
JWST 3202
Women, Gender & Sexuality in Jewish Texts & Traditions
Reads some of the ways Jewish texts and traditions look at women, gender and sexuality from biblical times to the present. Starts with an analysis of the positioning of the body, matter and gender in creation stories, moves on to the gendered aspects of tales of rescue and sacrifice, biblical tales of sexual subversion and power, taboo-breaking and ethnos building, to rabbinic attitudes towards women, sexuality and gender and contemporary renderings and rereadings of the earlier texts and traditions. Same as HEBR 3202. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: Human Diversity.
Z. Goodman CLUB 13  
SOCY 3314-001
WMST 3314-001
Violence Against Women and Girls
Focuses on aspects of the victimization of women and girls that are “Gendered” – namely, sexual abuse and intimate partner abuse. Also explores the importance of race, class, and sexuality in gendered violence. Same as SOCY/ETHN/WMST 3314.
J. Belknap HALE 230  
COMM 3420-001
Gender and Communication
Examines gender as a social practice that remains vital to identities, relationships, and institutions in contemporary society. Treats gender as something we do or enact through communication, rather than as something we are or have, and explores the implications of this shift in perspective. Investigates how gender interacts with sexuality, race, class, nation, age, ability, and other aspects of identity.
L. Flores HALE 230  
LGBT 3796-001
Queer Theory
Surveys theoretical, critical, and historical writings in the context of lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and gay literature. Examines relationships among aesthetic, cultural, and political agendas, and literary and visual texts of the 20th century. Same as ENGL 3796. Requisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors).Requirement for LGBT Studies Certificate; please visit LGBT.Colorado.edu
MWF 2-2:50 S. Bullington  

W/F 1-2pm
COTT 209

WMST 4000-001
ENGL 4693-001
Early Women Writers
Provides an advanced interdisciplinary course organized around a specific topic, problem, or issue relating to gender and sexuality. Course work includes discussion, reading, and written projects. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours for different topics. Recommended prereq., WMST 2000 or WMST 2600. Same as WMST 5000.
R. Munkhoff    


For more WGST courses please check with other departments as many of our courses are cross-listed.