GWS Courses

GWS101 - Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies (3 cr.)

An interdisciplinary introduction to the field of gender and women's studies. Topics include gender socialization, feminism, intersections of gender with race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, class, body image, reproductive rights, globalization, militarization, war and peace, men and masculinities, violence against women and struggles for gender equality and social justice. (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). Liberal arts.

GWS104 - Sexuality, Power and Relationships (1 cr.)

Analysis of healthy and unhealthy relationships in general with special attention to college life. Study of basic theories about sexual assault and gendered violence. Role plays and simulations to raise awareness and build confidence and practical skills for violence prevention and intervention on campus. Introduction to key resources for violence prevention and intervention on campus and in the community. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts.

GWS199 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

GWS200 - Topics in Gender and Women's Studies (1 to 3 cr.)

Special topics, which may vary with offering, on women and gender. Topics may be biographical (Stanton & Anthony), thematic (women and the Constitution), methodological (material culture), or experiential (Women's Self Defense). (Spring, Fall). Liberal arts.

GWS204 - Women of Color in U.S. Society (3 cr.)

Historical and contemporary issues affecting African-, Asian-, Latina- and Native American women in the U.S. Special attention to the ways in which racism and sexism work together to challenge women's lives and to the ways in which women of color resist oppression and celebrate their many identities. (Spring, Fall). Liberal arts.

GWS240 - Gender and Sexuality in Hispanic Film (3 cr.)

An introduction to the representation of gender and sexuality in films of Spain and Spanish speaking Latin America. Liberal arts. (Fall).

GWS299 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

GWS300 - Advanced Topics in Gender and Women's Studies (1 to 7 cr.)

The course will provide faculty and students with opportunities to explore topics, issues, or themes in women's studies that are not emphasized in standard course offerings. Examples: "Women in the Bible," "Gender and Science," "Gender in the Elementary Classroom," "Women Pulitzer Prize Winners," "Gender and Sexuality." (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: GWS101 (plus other prerequisites to be determined by course content).

GWS301 - Global Gender Issues (3 cr.)

A cross-cultural study of gender issues affecting the lives of women and men around the globe. Critical examination of the specific historical, political, and socioeconomic conditions that shape people's identities and experiences and struggles for gender equality and social justice. Analysis of patterns of continuity and change and similarities and differences among women and men. Topics include women's human rights, human trafficking, gendered aspects of globalization, gender and religion, gender and development, gendered dimensions of environmental issues and sustainability and gender, war and peace. (Spring, Summer, Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: upper level standing and one of the following: PSY101, SOC101, HIS101, HIS102, ANT102, GWS101, or POI

GWS302 - Feminist Theory (3 cr.)

An in-depth study of the development and expansion of feminist theory. Critical examination of multiple definitions of feminism, debates in feminist scholarship, and conflicts within the feminist movement. (Fall/Spring/Summer). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: restricted to gender and women's studies majors and minors.

GWS310 - Women in Afghanistan: Tradition, Politics, and Religion (3 cr.)

This course is intended to provide an introduction for students into Afghan women's perspectives on their lives and the future of their country. The course will provide students with a better understanding of the challenges Afghan women are facing and will help students explore the self-generated transformation of women's roles in Afghan society. Liberal arts. (Fall). Prerequisites: GWS101 or ANT102 or SOC101 or HIS132 or POI.

GWS315 - Women and the Law (3 cr.)

Law as it relates to women in the U.S. The ways women and the feminist movement have affected the law, in addition to the influences the law has in each of our lives. Examines such issues as employment opportunity, educational access, domestic violence, reproductive rights, child custody and support, divorce, sexual assault, sexual harassment and pornography. How laws are made and changed, how legal arguments are constructed, and how social movements and individuals can influence our laws. (Spring, Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: GWS 101 and/or upper-division standing.

GWS319 - Women and Popular Culture (3 cr.)

Study of popular cultural artifacts, events, and practices about and by women as they both mirror and transform ideas about women. Emphasis on feminist and cultural studies strategies to interpret cultural products (such as toys, advertisements, TV shows, movies, magazines, athletics, the internet, etc.) as they reflect and affect women. (Fall/Spring). Liberal arts . Prerequisites: GWS101 or SOC101 or HIS101 or HIS102 or ANT102 or CMM118 or POI.

GWS340 - Gender and Religion (3 cr.)

Investigation of the impact of religious beliefs on gender issues and their manifestation in human social and political experience. Critical examination of the early emergence of the interplay between gender role ideologies and religious mythology from the Neolithic to the Iron Age. Analysis of such contemporary religious traditions as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: GWS101 or one of the following: PSY101, SOC101, HIS101, ANT102 or POI.

GWS345 - Gendered Violence and Peer Education (3 cr.)

Advanced training to prepare students to work as peer educators on campus and in the broader community with a particular emphasis on educating the community about gendered violence and ways to address and prevent it. During the course students will serve as peer educators for GWS104 Sexuality, Power, and Relationships. Liberal Arts. (Fall). Prerequisites: GWS104, GWS major or minor status, and POI.

GWS346 - Feminist Theater (3 cr.)

Exploration of theater as a forum for women's voices in community. Reading, critical analysis, and performance of existing ensemble of feminist texts and creation and performance of original work. (Annually). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: GWS101 or one of the following: GWS301, PSY101, SOC101, THE106, THE110, MUS115.

GWS348 - Gender and Human Rights (3 cr.)

An examination of human rights discourses, laws, and activism in a global perspective that includes the Unites States. Analysis of how human rights are gendered through readings from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on femininity, masculinity, and sexuality. Study of how nation-states, the United Nations, human rights organizations, and grassroots activists respond to human rights violations. Focus on social and economic rights (work, family, and healthcare), political rights (voting, property ownership, and civil liberties) and such topics as female genital cutting, infanticide, trafficking, reproduction, HIV/AIDS, genocide, torture, refugees, and the treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) people. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: GWS101 or GWS301 or one of the following: PSY101, SOC101, HIS101, ANT102, or POI.

GWS350 - Gender and Science (3 cr.)

A feminist examination of the lives of women scientists and their under-representation in science, math, and technology. Emphasis on intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality and politics in historical and contemporary scientific practices. Analysis of the impact of women's marginalization and the exclusion of gender issues on the quality and use of scientific research. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: GWS101 or one of the following; GWS301, PSY101, SOC101, HIS102, ANT102, BIO100, BIO102, BIO103, AST102, CHE103, ENV101, MAT101 or POI.

GWS360 - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Studies (3 cr.)

An interdisciplinary introduction to the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer lives, social movements, and issues in the United States and globally, including historical overview, debates about causes of sexuality and sexual orientation, impact of legal and social institutions, and the arts in LGBTQ communities. Liberal arts. (Fall/Spring). Prerequisite: one of the following: GWS101, ANT102, HIS101, HIS102, PSY101, SOC101, NUR313, SWK305, or POI.

GWS375 - Gender in Education: Global Perspectives (3 cr.)

Exploration of theories and experiences of gender construction in educational landscapes. Analysis of intersecting dynamics of race, gender, class and religion. Focus on personal, group and policy narratives and multiple perspectives on contemporary issues related to gender and education within and across cultures and contexts. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: GWS101 or one of the following: GWS301, EDU118, EDU120, EDU130, PSY101, HIS101, ANT102, SOC101 or POI.

GWS380 - Men and Masculinities (3 cr.)

A study of the interdisciplinary literature on men and masculinities. Critical examination of masculinity as a social construct and of the diverse experiences of boys and men in different domains and relationships. Analysis of dominant and alternative conceptions and displays of masculinity across cultures and contexts. (Fall/Winter). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: GWS101 or one of the following PSY101, SOC101, HIS101, ANT102, or POI.

GWS385 - Women, Gender, and Sexualities in India (3 cr.)

An interdisciplinary introduction to women and gender issues in India with reference to historical and regional contexts. Emphasis on intersections of gender, sexuality, religion, place, caste and class in contemporary society. Feminist analysis of social and discursive practices involving concepts of modernity, nation and development in multiple contexts, including film, youth culture, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and conflict zones. Liberal arts. (Spring). Prerequisites: GWS101 or SOC101 or HIS102 or ANT102 or POI.

GWS386 - Transnational Queer Film (3 cr.)

Examination of films dealing with sexuality, sexual orientation and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual (GLBT) identities and struggles. Comparative study of queer discourses representations and GLBT struggles for rights and recognition around the world. (Fall). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: GWS101 or one of the following; GWS301, PSY101, SOC101, HIS102, ANT102, or POI.

GWS399 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean.

GWS425 - Gender and Crisis: Feminist Perspectives on Trauma and Healing (3 cr.)

Examination of feminist therapy as it applies to the effects of trauma on individual and communities. Study of the characteristics of a crisis or a traumatic event as well as of crisis responders. Integration of multiple approaches including the role of "silence" as a reaction to traumatic events. This course relies heavily on class interactions, team work and vignettes. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: GWS101 or one of the following: GWS301, PSY101, SOC101, HIS101, ANT102, or POI.

GWS455 - Feminist Studies: Integration and Application (3 cr.)

Integration of knowledge and experiences acquired during coursework in gender and women's studies. In-depth analysis of feminist theory, research, struggles for gender justice, and the historical and sociopolitical context within which they unfold. Design and implementation of a feminist research or activist project. Approved AWR. (Spring). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: gender and women's studies major or gender and women's studies minor, GWS302.

GWS480 - Perspectives on Feminist Travel (3 cr.)

Advanced study of gender and women's issues and movements outside the United States. Preparation for feminist travel through readings about gender, feminisms, the politics of travel and particular destinations. Feminist travel experiences typically consist of participation in a conference relevant to Women's Studies and a structured study trip, which examines the interplay among gender, culture, and politics in a particular country or region and in comparative perspective. Liberal arts. (Winter/Spring/Summer). Prerequisites: GWS101 or GWS301 or PSY101 or SOC101 or HIS102 or ANT102 or POI.

GWS496 - Teaching Practicum (1 to 3 cr.)

In depth study of interdisciplinary themes and pedagogical styles in women's studies as a teaching assistant. Supervised practice in oral presentation, discussion facilitation, individual tutoring, and supportive critical analysis of student work. May be repeated once for credit. (Fall/Spring/Summer). Liberal arts. Prerequisites: GWS101, POI.

GWS497 - Women's Studies Internship Seminar (3 cr.)

Students will critically evaluate their internship experiences in the context of feminist scholarship. Issues will include the place of women in society, opportunities for and impediments to change, intersections of gender, race, and class, the ethics of applied research and activism. To be taken concurrently with WMS498. (Spring, Fall). Prerequisites: WMS101, WMS201, POI.

GWS498 - Internship (2 to 9 cr.)

Students and instructor will arrange placements in organizations providing services to or advocacy for women: health care, equal rights, rape crisis, battered women shelters, etc. Interns will provide assistance to the agency using their academic training in women's studies as a resource. Must be taken concurrently with WMS497. (Spring, Fall). Prerequisites: WMS101, WMS201, POI.

GWS499 - Independent Study (1 to 15 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Spring, Fall).

GWS599 - Independent Study (1 to 12 cr.)

Project individually arranged by student and faculty sponsor. Requires completion of the Independent Study form and approval by the Faculty Sponsor, Academic Advisor, Department Chair and Academic Dean. (Spring, Fall).

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Alphabetical Listing of Curriculum Descriptions by Course Subject

A

  • Africana Studies = AAS
  • Accounting = ACC
  • Anthropology = ANT
  • Arabic = ARA
  • Art = ART
  • Asian Studies = ASI
  • Astronomy = AST

B

  • Biology = BIO
  • Business = BUS

C

  • Canadian Studies = CAS
  • Communications Disorders & Sciences = CDS
  • Consumer Economics Management = CEM
  • Chemistry = CHE
  • Counseling = CLG
  • Career Life Planning = CLP
  • Communication Studies = CMM
  • Computer Science = CSC
  • Criminal Justice = CRI

E

  • Economics = ECO
  • Education = EDU
  • Education - Administration = EDA
  • Education - Mathematics = EDM
  • Education - Reading = EDR
  • Education - Special = EDS
  • English = ENG
  • Environmental Science = ENV
  • English as a Second Language = ESL
  • Expeditionary Studies = EXP

F

  • Finance = FIN
  • Foreign Languages & Literature = FLL
  • French = FRE
  • Freshman Seminar = FRS
  • Freshman Experience = FRX

G

  • Geography = GEG
  • Gender & Women's Studies = GWS
  • Geology = GEL
  • German = GER

H

  • Health Education = HED
  • History = HIS
  • Honors = HON
  • Hotel, Restaurant, & Tourism Management = HRT
  • Human Development and Family Relations = HDF

I

  • Interdisciplinary Studies = INT
  • Italian = ITA

J

  • Journalism = JOU

L

  • Latin American Studies = LAS
  • Latin = LAT
  • Leadership = MLS
  • Library Skills = LIB
  • Language & Linguistics = LIN

M

  • Mathematics = MAT
  • Meteorology = MET
  • Military Studies = MTS
  • Management & International Business = MGM
  • Marketing & Entrepreneurship = MKE
  • Minority Studies = MNS
  • Music = MUS

N

  • Nursing = NUR
  • Nutrition = FNI

P

  • Physical Education = PED
  • Philosophy = PHI
  • Physics = PHY
  • Portuguese = POR
  • Political Science = PSC
  • Psychology = PSY

R

  • Reading = RDG
  • Recreation = REC
  • Russian = RUS

S

  • Science & Society = SCI
  • Sociology = SOC
  • Spanish = SPA
  • Social Work = SWK

T

  • Theatre = THE
  • Tutor Training = TTR