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.

SOC/WGS 105 Cr.3 Introduction to LGBT Studies
This course will examine the cultural, legal, and political dimensions of LGBT life in the U.S. It will begin by exploring the social invention of heterosexuality and how personal and institutional interpretations of sexuality have historically informed the lives of LGBT people. The course also addresses class, racial and gender biases that especially confront queer communities of color in the U.S. Finally, the course looks at continued instances of hate crimes and homophobia against the backdrop of rights-based activism and the role that art and politics play in this interplay. (Cross-listed with SOC/WGS; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Alternate Years. Instructor: Willem Van Roosenbeek

+WGS 150 Cr.3 Introduction to Social Justice
Students in this course will examine the concept of social justice through an intersectional and multidisciplinary lens. Students will begin with a critical investigation of the connections between the individual, the local, and the structural as they relate to justice and inequality in society. Social justice strategies are then evaluated, in case study fashion, through the lenses of
gender, race, and class structures. Instructor: Terry Lilley

HIS/WGS 305 Cr. 3 History of Motherhood in the United States
This course considers motherhood in nineteenth and twentieth century United States history from a variety of perspectives. It explores women's experiences as mothers, across lines of class, race, and relationship status. It also examines the politics of motherhood in US history and considers
both the restrictive and the empowering dimensions of ideologies of motherhood. (Cross-listed with HIS/WGS; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Alternate Years. Instructor: Jodi Vandenberg-Daves

WGS 330 Cr.3 Topics: Sex/Work
In this course, students will explore the topic of sex work. While course material will focus primarily on sex work in the United States, students will also engage in comparative analyses in the international context. Participants in this course will learn about the various types of labor that comprise sex work, as well as the different social, theoretical, feminist, regulatory, political, and legislative understandings and approaches to these forms of labor. Students will also learn about the impacts that these understandings and approaches have on those engaged in these forms of labor and society more broadly, particularly as it relates to questions of gender, race, class, and sexuality. Repeatable for credit - maximum nine. Department approval is necessary to apply more than three credits toward the WS minor. Prerequisite: one of the following: WGS 100, WGS 210, WGS 212, WGS 230, ERS 100, EDS 206, EFN 205, SOC 110, SOC 120 or approval of instructor. Offered Occasionally. Instructor: Terry Lilley

SOC/WGS 337 Cr.3 Globalization, Women, and Work

Online Format. This course examines the global and often exploitative experiences of women, migrating from one part of the world to another for work. As women leave their countries of origin, many find themselves working as nannies, sex workers, house cleaners and modern-day slaves in sweatshops. These work environments often create vulnerability, discrimination, and abuse of women within the private and public institutions of their host countries. The course will also use in-depth personal narratives and a focus on grassroots social movements to witness how women resist workplace policies and domestic laws to campaign for their rights, despite cultural and political constraints. Prerequisite: one of the following: WGS 100, WGS 130, WGS 150, EDS 206, or ERS 100. (Cross-listed with SOC/WGS; may only earn credit in one department.) Offered Alternate Years. Instructor: Mahruq Khan

WGS 340 Cr. 3 Gender, Knowledge, and Power
This course explores the connection between gender, knowledge, and power. Students in this course will learn to apply classic and feminist epistemological theory to questions such as how knowledge is socially situated, what it means to explore knowledge through a critical feminist lens, and how the production of knowledge is impacted by conceptions of gender, race, and class. Students in this course will learn about the scientific method and how feminist epistemological theory can strengthen, not weaken, objectivity. Ultimately, students will apply these lessons to the context
of the formalized education system in the contemporary United States. In doing so, students will come to a better understanding of how women can "reclaim" their educations. Prerequisite: one of the following: WGS 100, WGS 130, WGS 150, EFN 205. Offered Alternate Years. Instructor: Terry Lilley

WGS 450 Cr.1-6 Internship in Women's Studies
The internship is an academically relevant field experience for minors in women’s studies which combine women’s studies scholarship with practical experience. The field experience will be supervised by the women’s studies staff. A maximum of three credits will be counted toward the minor. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Prerequisite: junior standing; six credits of WGS courses; minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.
Instructor: Jodi Vandenberg-Daves

WGS 499 Cr. 3 Seminar: Women’s Studies
Online format. Intensive interdisciplinary study of particular areas in women’s studies. Topics will be chosen by the instructor and the students. Prerequisite: one of the following: WGS 100, WGS 210, WGS 130; at least two other courses approved for the women’s studies major or minor plan; declared women’s
studies major or minor plan. Instructor: Mahruq Khan

ANT 323 Cr. 3 Anthropology of Childhood and Youth
This course provides an overview of the anthropology of childhood and youth, emphasizing how these concepts both vary and are similarly shaped cross-culturally. The texts draw upon cultural studies, ethnography, feminist anthropology, child development, and psychological anthropology. We will
explore topics such as child-rearing practices, the role of peers and family, gender roles and expectations, rites of passage, youth subcultures, and youth engagement with globalization and technology. In our discussions, we will also consider how children and young people are active agents in shaping the world around them and conversely, how they are shaped by their worlds.
Offered occasionally. Instructor: Elizabeth Peacock

CST 334 Cr. 3 Gender Communication
Explores the theory and practice of communication between men and women. Focuses on understanding the similarities and differences of communicative behaviors (verbal, nonverbal, power, conflict and listening) among men and women in various contexts such as intimate relationships, friendships, educational settings, the workplace and media. Offered Fall, Spring. Instructor: Sara Docan-Morgan

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 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.

+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.

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 421 Cr. 3 Intersectionality and Queer Theory

The term "intersectionality" has become prominently used on social media, in activists spaces, in academic works, and recently as buzzword in corporate America. In this course we will investigate intersectionality as an analytic tool and theoretical framework to examine the complex manner in which privilege and oppressive forms are interconnected. This course explores the intersections of social and political identities related to gender, sexuality, race, class, ethnicity, indigeneity, age, ability, culture, nation, and other forms of difference. Furthermore, we will explore new considerations for sociology along side intersectionality, such as Queer Theory, Quare Studies, Trans Studies, and Crip Theory. This is an interdisciplinary sociology course in which we will contend with contemporary contributions made by scholars across the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences. This course will explore the following questions: How are marginalized identities constructed in the social world and within the context of institutions such as schools, hospitals, and prisons? How are individual identities intersectionally informed, specifically as it pertains to the experiences of people of color, LGBTQ+ people, women, and disabled people? What does intersectionality mean in an increasingly globalized world? What does it mean in the context of one’s career trajectory? How do social movements and activists take up intersectionality? And where and how do intersectionality, critical race, and queer theory converge and diverge? Prerequisite: one of the following: SOC/WGS 105, SOC 110, SOC 120, SOC/WGS 150, SOC 225, WGS 100, or WGS 130. Instructor: Justine Egner