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Course Number Course Title Instructor Office Hours
WMST 2000-001
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

J. Jacobs Tu 12:30-2:30;
Norlin, 4th
fl
WMST 2020-001
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

S. Bullington M & F 1-2pm
COTT 209
WMST 2050-001
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

D. Misri Tu 5-6pm
Innisfree;
Th 11-12
COTT 208

 
WMST 2600-001
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

L. Bayard de Volo Tu 10:45-11:30,
Th 10:45-12noon
COTT 102
WMST 2700-001
Examines psychological research on gender and sexuality as they intersect with race, class and other social categories. Points of emphasis include differences in cognition, attitudes, personality and social behavior. Conceptual themes include research methodologies, implicit and explicit attitudes, stigma and stereotypes. These elucidate such areas as close relationships, leadership, career success and mental health and happiness. Recommended prereq., WMST 2000 or PSYC 1001. Same as PSYC 2700. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity.
A&S Core: Human Diversity
G. Russell Tu 11:30-12:30
Th 2-3
COTT 206
WMST 3311-001
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.
C. Montoya W 1-3;
COTT 203
WMST 3500-001
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 Tu &Th
12:30-1:30 
COTT 201
WMST 3510-001

Examines the intersections of gender, sexuality and health in global perspective. Explores how men's and women's health are shaped by gender and sexual relations in a wide range of social contexts, including South and Southeast Asia, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and the United States.

R. Wyrod M 9-11am
COTT 211
WMST 3700-001

From Ellen to Orange is the New Black, Ricky Martin to Tegan and Sara, and Paris is Burning to RuPaul’s Drag Race, in the last twenty years, we have seen an explosion of mass media representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. Using insights from queer theory and popular culture studies, among other critical approaches, we will examine the rich and proliferating archive of queer popular culture in television, streaming video, popular music, film, video gaming, genre fiction and graphic novels. Through discussion, essays, and our own experiments with popular forms, we will explore the following questions: to what degree have queer artists and audiences transformed the traditional genres of popular culture? Does the rise of visibility and the “queering” of mass media translate into political and social gains for the LGBTQ community? How might the forms and conditions of production of mass media work against queer media’s challenges to dominant culture?
Course texts include Sullivan’s A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory, Danesi’s Popular Culture, Introductory Perspectives, Bechdel’s Are You My Mother?, Nava’s The Death of Friends, Tsuda’s Day of Revolution, and Delany’s Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand.

S. Bowen Tu 1-3,
C4C N450
WMST 3700-002
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.
D. Walker W & F 3:30-4:30
COTT 206
WMST 3710-003 J. Arostegui W 10:30-12:30
CLUB A4 
(TuTh 11-1
after Oct 1)
WMST 3767-001
Examines a series of literary texts to consider how writers across the world have used fiction to creatively stage and reimagine gender and sexuality. Attends to the formal and narrative techniques by which these texts call attention to the fictionality--and thereby the creative malleability--of gender itself. Some cinematic and performance texts will also be included. Same as ENGL 3767.
D. Misri Tu 5-6pm
nnisfree;
Th 11-12
COTT 208
WMST 3800-001
Offers expository writing and training in analytical and descriptive skills, structures or argument, critical thinking, the rhetoric of persuasion, and the development of a personal voice. Readings and papers focus on basic issues in gender studies. Recommended prereq., WMST 2000 or WMST 2600. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: written communication. Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
S. Rathod M 1-3pm
COTT 206
WMST 3800-002
Offers expository writing and training in analytical and descriptive skills, structures or argument, critical thinking, the rhetoric of persuasion, and the development of a personal voice. Readings and papers focus on basic issues in gender studies. Recommended prereq., WMST 2000 or WMST 2600. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: written communication. Requisites: Restricted to students with 57-180 credits (Juniors or Seniors).
S. Rathod M 1-3pm
COTT 206
WMST 3930
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 office for enrollment information.
   
WMST 3940
Enriches the academic experience of Women and Gender Studies majors and minors. 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.
   
WMST 4620
 
Provides an introduction to the history of sexuality in the modern era through engagement with recent interdisciplinary research into what sexuality has meant in the everyday lives of individuals; in the imagined communities formed by the bonds of shared religion, ethnicity, language and national citizenship; on the global stage of cultural encounter, imperialist expansion, transnational migration and international commerce. Same as HIST 4620. Requisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors) only.
R. Buffington Tu &Th
12:30-1:30 
COTT 201
WMST 4840
May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Please contact the Women & Gender Studies Program for enrollment information.
   
WMST 4950
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
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
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..
A. Jaggar M 3:30-4:30
F 2-3pm  
HLMS 278
WMST 6290-001
Offers interdisciplinary feminist perspectives on different special topics such as gender and war, gender and globalization, women's social movements, gender and citizenship, gender and collective memory, and cultural representations of gender and sexuality. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Meets the requirements for the WGST certificate. Requisites: Restricted to graduate students only.
E. David Th 1:30-3:30
COTT 210

Featured Cross-listed classes

Course Number Course Title Instructor Office Hours
LGBT 2000-001
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.

A&S Core: Human Diversity
Bullington M & F 1-2pm COTT 209
LGBT 3796-001
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).
David Th 1:30-3:30 COTT 210

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