Women's and Gender Studies

Courses

WGST 101 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 3.0 Credits

Women's and Gender Studies is a field that takes as its themes the study of women and gender, utilizing multi-disciplinary approaches from fields such as history, psychology, philosophy, and sociology. WGST 101 approaches the topics experientially and allows students to explore their own gender and sexuality as living identities.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

WGST 201 Introduction to Feminisms 3.0 Credits

Feminisms are movements to understand and critique gender relations and gender oppression, and also attempts to construct positive visions of human freedom and ethical action in an unjust world. This course is an introduction to the history of feminisms. The major movements that make up feminism in the modern era, in both the U.S. and abroad, will be examined.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

WGST 220 Writing on the Body 3.0 Credits

A study of the female body, since the publication of "Our Bodies Ourselves" to the present, dealing with such themes as the body as sexual object or reproductive womb, the body as social construct and the tyranny of the look, and related issues in politics, violence, sexism, fashion, peer-pressure, illness, age, etc.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

WGST 225 Women & Human Rights Worldwide 3.0 Credits

Women's human rights emerged in the 1980 as a special area, distinct from existing human rights norms. They are intended to better defend women's rights throughout the world. This class will consider women’s human rights in a global context, looking at all parts of the world. We will examine women's rights around various topics such as health, social position, exile, war, censorship, childhood, and work. Academic literature, fiction, and film will all contribute to an understanding of the topic.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

WGST 230 Arab Women Writers 3.0 Credits

From Maghrebian Algeria and Morocco to Middle Eastern Egypt and Iraq and Lebanon, Arab women writers depict life in their countries or an unnamed desert state, from the 1940's to the Iraq War, raising critical questions about society, politics, economics and woman's place in doing so.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

WGST 235 African Francophone Women Writers: Displacement. From One Continent To Another 3.0 Credits

An introduction to the writing of some Francophone women writers from West and Sub-Saharan Africa. With each writer, the status, roles and challenges of women in their respective countries and societies will be examined.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

WGST 240 Women and Society in a Global Context 3.0 Credits

Studies women in a global society with one major area covered during each offering. Offered each year to accommodate one major world area.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 9 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

WGST 255 Gender and Black Popular Culture 3.0 Credits

This course critically examines the media’s role in the social construction of “Blackness.” Paying particular attention to images of race, culture and gender, this course examines representations of Black women and men in “popular culture” (film, television, music, advertising, etc.).

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

WGST 260 Gender and Judaism 3.0 Credits

An exploration of gender in Jewish religion and tradition. How has Judaism historically understood gender? Is Judaism a traditional or progressive religion where gender is concerned? What is the future of gender in Judaism?.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

WGST 265 Sexuality and Dictatorship 3.0 Credits

The class studies two different dictatorship governments in South America in the twentieth century: Chile and Uruguay through their victims’ literary production. Male and female writers reacted differently towards these totalitarian systems. Female writers, especially Uruguayan, explored their sexuality in their writings to rebel against these dictatorships.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

WGST 270 Cigarettes and High Heels 3.0 Credits

The class introduces students to basic notions of semiotics that help to understand how humans create meanings according to a complex interplay of conventions of which we are normally unaware. The class explores the interpretations of two common social practices in modern societies: smoking and wearing high heels. It mainly concentrates on Spanish speaking societies in the Western hemisphere.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

WGST 275 Women's Health and Human Rights 3.0 Credits

This course explores the relationships between women's health and human rights under political and socially constructed influences. Health and well being are intricately associated with fundamental rights. We will conduct a comprehensive overview of women's health by engaging in lectures, class discussions, readings, journaling, group work, interviews and in-class activities.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

WGST 301 Sex, Gender, Feminism: A Seminar in Feminist Theories 3.0 Credits

What does it mean to call oneself a feminist in the twenty-first century? This class explores the history of feminism from the perspective of sex and gender. In it, students ask and answer the question, “What kind of feminist am I?”.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

WGST 308 Queer Theory 3.0 Credits

In an attempt to theorize the meaning of "queer" (and, in turn, its counterparts - "normal" and "straight") and to articulate what "queer theory" is/does, this course will examine major attempts to challenge the concept of "normal" and explicate the meaning and use of the concept "queer".

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

WGST 320 Masculinities 3.0 Credits

An exploration of how masculinity is lived its multiple forms, traditional and alternative, in contemporary Western society. This course aims to arrive at a theory of masculinity – what does it mean to be “masculine”?.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

WGST 324 Retail Intersections: Social & Cultural Issues 3.0 Credits

Those who participate in the business of fashion such as retailers, merchants, designers, manufacturers and stylists must evolve in order to sell to customers. Throughout their lives, students are exposed to retailing, merchandising, buying, design, sales, branding, promotions, manufacturing and other such fields. For those interested in the study of retailing, fashion and merchandising, it is essential to understand landmark research and theoretical concepts behind the influences of this field and how social change, innovations and with the evolution of a multicultural marketplace, shifts have occurred over generations, and into the 21st century. This conceptual and theoretical course will expose students to a diverse range of clients and consumers.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

WGST I199 Independent Study in Women's and Gender Studies 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

WGST I299 Independent Study in Women's and Gender Studies 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

WGST I399 Independent Study in Women's and Gender Studies 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

WGST I499 Independent Study in Women's and Gender Studies 12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

WGST T180 Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

WGST T280 Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies 1.0-6.0 Credit

Gives students an opportunity to apply the interdisciplinary methodology of women's studies to a focused topic. Topics to be announced. May be repeated for credit.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 24 credits

WGST T380 Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

WGST T480 Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies 12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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