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Course Number Course Title Day & Time Instructor Room
WGST 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

Tu/Th 11-12:15 J. Jacobs EKLC E1B20
WGST 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

MWF 9-9:50 Staff GUGG 205
WGST 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

Tu/Th 3:30-4:45 D. Misri EKLC E1B20
WGST 2400-001
Studies the history of social activism in the United States by women of color, with an emphasis on modes of social activism, issues that have organized specific communities of color, issues that have crossed ethnic/racial boundaries and the interaction of women from different ethnic/racial groups, including women of color and white women.
A&S Core: United States Context
Tu/Th 3:30-4:45 K. Soares HLMS 229
WGST 2500-001
Studies the body as a site for the production of social difference, meaning and inequality. Focuses on the body as a conduit for political, social, and ethical dilemmas and conflicts. Examines a selection of these issues to help students understand what a body is, how bodily difference is constructed, and what this constructed difference signifies.
MWF 10-10:50 M. Alomar EDUC 155
WGST 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

MW 3-4:15 L. Bayard de Volo MUEN E432
WGST 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
Tu/Th 3:30-4:45 Staff MUEN E131
WGST 3100-001
Explores a variety of alternative systematic accounts of, and explanations for, gender inequities. Social norms of both masculinity and femininity are analyzed in relation to other axes of inequality such as class, sexuality, race/ethnicity, neocolonialism, and the domination of nonhuman nature. Requisites: Requires a prerequisite course of WGST 2000 or WGST 2020 or WGST 2050 or WGST 2600 (minimum grade C-). Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors) only.
Tu/Th 9:30-10:45 R. Wyrod HLMS 267
WGST 3250-001
Examines the construction of gender, race, class, sexual orientation and disability in a selection of Disney's animated films. Cultivates skills of media literacy, exploring how mass media acts to enforce and maintain conventional gendered understandings of power, privilege and difference. Analyzes the political economy of the Disney phenomenon through a feminist lens.
MWF 1-1:50 Staff HLMS 211
WGST 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 KTCH 1B87
WGST 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.
Tu/Th 12:30-1:45 R. Buffington ECON 13
WGST 3600-001
This course draws from work produced by and about Latina/xs. It discusses the social and cultural construction of Latina/x race and ethnicity alongside gender and sexuality, nationalism, migration and citizenship. It looks specifically at Latina/x literary production and theory, historiographical trends, Latina feminist theory, and Latina/x political organizing. Readings include: Gloria Anzaldúa, Cherríe Moraga, Carmelita Tropicana, José Esteban Muñoz, and others..
Tu/Th 11-12:15 K. Soares CLUB 4
WGST 3702-001
Examines patterns of sexual violence and gender-based crime with a focus on stigma, normalization and other social aspects. Students will develop knowledge and skills to facilitate peer education and conversation around preventing sexual assault and related behaviors. Emphasizes engaging students own communities to drive change.
MWF 11-11:50 Staff HUMN 1B90
WGST 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.
Tu/Th 12:30-1:45 D. Misri CLUB 13
WGST 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.
WGST 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 WGST majors or minors.
Contact WGST Office to enroll.
WGST 4300-001
Studies the commercial trade of sexual labor in the global economy, examining theories and assumptions about sexual-economic exchanges and gendered and racialized relations of power in the sex trade. Emphasizes prostitution.
Tu/Th 3:30-4:45 R. Buffington CLUB 13
WGST 4840
May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours. Please contact the Women & Gender Studies Program for enrollment information.
WGST 4950
For qualified WGST 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.
WGST 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.
WGST 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.
Tu  1:30-4 A. Jaggar COTT 111
WGST 6796-001
 Explores key concepts and debates in the field of queer theory with an interdisciplinary focus on crosscutting issues (aesthetic, cultural, legal, medical, political and social) that shape queer subjectivities, practices and relations.
M  11-1:30 E. David COTT 111

Featured Cross-listed classes

Course Number Course Title Day & Time Instructor Room
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 WGST 2030. Approved for GT-SS3. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity.
A&S Core: Human Diversity
MWF 10-10:50 Staff HLMS 141
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).
MW 3-4:15 E. David HLMS 229

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