Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

WGS 100 Cr. 3 Gender, Race, and Class in American Institutions

This course provides an introduction to how gender, race and class have intertwined over time to produce women's social roles and status in American culture. The creation, transmittal, interpretation and institutionalization of gender roles will be examined using family and kinship,
the educational system, the media, work, government and the health care system. The course provides a critical, interdisciplinary perspective on scholarship which omits or distorts the female experience.

WGS 308 Cr.3 Gender, Justice, and Film

Along with other forms of media, film helps to create, introduce, and reinforce cultural values, norms, and understandings. Using an interdisciplinary approach, this course will provide students tools with which to critically analyze film as a cultural product, with a specific focus on representations of gender and justice. Films to be viewed and analyzed will focus on issues such as interpersonal and gendered violence, parenting, immigration, economic justice, criminal justice policy, leadership, and the social construction of race, class, gender, and sexuality. While films will be the primary text in the course, each will be supplemented with the empirical and theoretical literature on the subject at hand. Prerequisite: one from the following: WGS 100, WGS 210, WGS 212, WGS 230, CST 110, EDS 206, EFN 205, ERS 100, SOC 110, SOC 120. Instructor: Terry Lilley

WGS/SOC 316 Cr. 3 Gender, Sexuality, and Social Change in Religion

This course examines the various gender roles, norms, mobility, restrictions and empowerment that people experience within religious traditions, for example: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Global case studies and engaging narratives focused on the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and religion will be considered. Special attention will be paid to feminist laypersons and religious leaders who are reformulating traditional understandings and practices, and in turn, negotiating their agency within secular and spiritual spaces. Prerequisite: WGS 100, WGS 130, WGS 150, SOC 110, SOC 120, or EDS 206. (Cross-listed with SOC/WGS; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Occasionally. Instructor: Mahruq Khan

WGS 321 Cr. 3 Sexual Violence in the United States

This course will explore the history of sexual violence in the United States and the histories of organized responses to that violence. Special attention will be paid to how the intersections of race, class, sexuality, and gender impact the experience of, and public and political response to, sexual violence. Prerequisite: one from the following: WGS 100, WGS 130, WGS 150, PH 200, EDS 206, ERS 100, PSY 100, SOC 110, SOC 120. Offered Spring - Odd Numbered Years. Instructor: Terry Lilley

WGS 330/ENG 481 Cr.3 Topics: Intersectional Feminism and Sexuality

Intersectional Feminism and Sexuality examines the connections between feminist thought and cultural representations of erotic life. The first half of the course will explore womxn's sexuality through the lens of literary historicism, engaging with early modern and Enlightenment narratives of heteronormativity and queerness, marriage, orgasm and sexual pleasure, auto-eroticism, menstruation, fertility and sexual generation. The second half of the course will build from this history to critically engage twentieth century and contemporary feminist writings on pornography and sexual violence. We will read essays by feminist scholars who raise significant questions about the ethics and politics of Western erotic culture. Students taking this course should be aware that they will be asked to read, discuss, and write scholarly projects on sexually explicit material. (Cross listed with ENG/WGS). Instructor: Kate Parker

WGS 373 Cr.3 Gender and Human Rights

This course will provide an overview of transnational women's human rights movements in a variety of locations around the world; locations will vary with the instructor. Included in this overview will be the study of women's political participation as a human rights issue; women's bodily integrity as a human right; violence against women and reproductive sexual health and rights; human rights as a framework for social and economic and gender justice; and human rights as (quasi) legal accountability; UN agreements, treaties and venues of redress. Prerequisite: WGS 100, WGS 130, WGS 150, EDS 206, or ERS 100. Offered Fall - Odd Numbered Years. Instructor: Mahruq Khan

ART 341 Cr. 3 Topics: Art and Gender

This course examines the artists, art historians, critics, and curators who confront, challenge, and celebrate issues of gender. We’ll consider artworks and texts from the last four decades, spanning from the 1970s Feminist Art Movement to today’s #MeToo movement, to explore topics of: the canon, “artistic genius,” the male gaze, the gendered body, intersections of race, sexuality, and class, and much more. Instructor: Sierra Rooney

CST 338 Cr. 3 Media and Sexuality

This course examines the role of print and electronic media in constructing and/or reinforcing unrealistic mythic and stereotypic images and ideals of sex, love, and romance and the impact of these portrayals in relationships. Multidisciplinary research and theory provide the basis for the focus on practical applications. Students will identify mass media myths and unrealistic portrayals of sex, love, and romance. Prerequisite: CST 230 or WGS 100. Offered Occasionally. Instructor: Beth Boser

ECO 336 Cr. 3 Women in the U.S. Economy

An introduction to the status of women in the U.S. economy. Topics include alternative perspectives on women, work and the labor force, the value of paid versus unpaid labor, pay equity, the social support network, and the prospects for change. Instructor: SaraJane Emily Parsons

HED 472/572 Cr. 3 Sexual Health Promotion

A review of current information on health and human sexuality. Emphasis is given to biological, psychosocial and educational aspects of human sexuality with special emphasis on instructional activities related to interpersonal communication, decision-making ability and clarification of values. Instructor: Kate Noelke

+POL 205 Cr. 3 Women and Politics

An examination of the positions and roles of women in the political arena. This course discusses the nature and extent of women's political involvement, both in the United States and abroad, with particular emphasis on the cultural and racial diversity of women political participants in the United States. Additional topics will include the legal status of women, differences between male and female political behavior, factors that influence women's political participation and current political issues related to women. Offered annually. Instructor: Kristina LaPlant

PSY 305 Cr. 3 Human Sexuality

This course is an exploration of human sexuality from biological, psychological, and social perspectives throughout the lifespan. Sexual attitudes and behaviors reflecting a broad spectrum of typicality and experience will be discussed. Offered Fall, Spring. Instructor: Casey Tobin

PSY 318 Cr. 3 Psychology of Women

Theories and research concerning the biological, psychological, and social aspects of female functioning will be evaluated. The course will analyze psychological literature that addresses itself to the experience, development, and behavior of women from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Offered Fall, Spring. Instructor: Berna Gercek Swing

SOC 338 Cr. 3 Sociological Aspects of Work and Life

This course will explore the sociological impact of work and life demands in contemporary American society. Special emphasis will be given to how gender, sexual orientation, social class, race and ethnicity, and family structure affect individuals' ability to balance the demands of work and life. Prerequisite: SOC 110 or SOC 120 or SOC 202 or ANT 101. Offered Occasionally. Instructor: Dawn Norris

SOC 380 Cr. 3 Fat Studies and Body Politics

The purpose of this course is to explore the social construction, medicalization, and pathologization of fat in the United States. Fat will be examined as a social justice issue that intersects with race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability status. This course will explore the body politics behind attempts to redefine fat identity, including body positive and fat positive movements. This course will also examine fat activism as a means of addressing fatphobia and size discrimination. Emphasis will be placed on the use of historical and empirical evidence to evaluate common myths about fat bodies. Prerequisite: one of the following: SOC/WGS 105, SOC 110, SOC 120, SOC/WGS 150, SOC 202, ANT 195, ANT 202, ANT 212, ERS 100, PSY 100, WGS 100, WGS 130, or WGS 212. Offered Annually. Instructor: Laurie Cooper Stoll