Course Descriptions


GWST 2113: TRANSNATIONAL WOMEN’S STUDIES (S)
Introduction to research on women and gender in transnational contexts. Interpersonal relationships, socioeconomic status, power and authority as women experience them, myths and realities among women of different races, classes, ethnicities, sexual orientation, nationalities, ages, and physical abilities.

GWST 2123: INTRODUCTION TO GENDER STUDIES (DH)
Introduction to critical thinking about the construction of gender and the intersections of gender with race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality. Covers basic methods of studying gender from an interdisciplinary humanities perspective.

GWST 3450: TOPICS IN GENDER STUDIES
Prerequisite: GWST 2113 or 2123 or instructor permission. Topics offered each year on a rotating basis, such as Women and Autobiography, African American Women’s Art and Ideas (cross-listed with AFAM), Gender and Health, Gender and Language, and Gendered Labor, among others. Offered for one to three credit hours, maximum of 12 credit hours.

GWST 3513: THEORIZING SEXUALITIES (D)
Prerequisite: GWST 2113 or 2123. Examination of poststructuralist and/or feminist theories of sexualities in contexts of film, literature, history, or popular culture. Likely theorists include Foucault, Butler, D’Emilio, Lorde, Kristeva, Anzaldua, Chow, and/or Chauncey.

GWST 3553: LGBTQ LIVES IN THE UNITED STATES (D)
This course seeks to shed light on the experiences of people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ), in the contemporary United States. All of the assignments are designed to critically analyze the fluctuating meaning of these terms, identities, and their significance.

GWST 3613:RACE AND REPRODUCTION IN THE UNITED STATES (D)
Prerequisite: GWST 2113 or 2123 recommended. An interdisciplinary examination of the relationship between race relations and reproductive politics. Issues explored include sterilization abuse, criminalizing pregnancy, natalism and nationalism, eugenics, women of color in campaigns for reproductive justice, and representations of motherhood.

GWST 3713: GENDER AND REPRESENTATION (D)
Cultural analysis of gender representation and gender relations. Using cultural texts and practices in several areas such as children’s culture, sport, music, film and TV. Topics might include Mothering, among others.

GWST 4013: APPROACHES TO FEMINIST RESEARCH
Prerequisite: GWST 2113 or 2123 or instructor permission. Examines the ethics and epistemologies of methodologies and theoretical frameworks most conducive to feminist analysis. This course prepares students to conceptualize their own research projects.

GWST 4113: FEMINIST THEORIES
Prerequisite: GWST 2113 or 2123 or instructor permission. Examines the different types of feminist theories and the role theory plays in the production of knowledge. Students will consider a variety of feminist theories from an interdisciplinary perspective.

GWST 4333/HIST 4333 HISTORY OF SEXUALITY IN THE UNITED STATES (D)
This class analyzes the history of sexuality in the U.S. from the 16th century to the present. It considers how social, cultural, political, and economic conditions have affected changing meanings of sexuality over time. It takes an intersectional approach, paying particular attention to how issues of race, class, and gender have shaped attitudes towards and experiences of sexuality in the American past.

GWST 4503:THEORIZING MEN AND MASCULINITIES
Prerequisite: GWST 4113 or instructor permission. Examines the roles of men in various cultural contexts, the historical development of manhood as an ideal, and theories of masculinities.

GWST 4950:SPECIAL TOPICS IN GLOBAL FEMINISM
Prerequisite: GWST 2113 or 2123 or instructor permission. Selected topics in the problems and issues of global women’s and feminist activism. Highlights the continuing fight to secure gender equality, especially in developing nations. Exploration of the women’s movement links with other human rights struggles across the globe. Offered for 3 credit hours, maximum of 6 credit hours.

GWST 4980 INTERNSHIP IN GENDER AND WOMEN’S STUDIES
Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Directed practicum or internship experience in a GWST-related professional work setting. Students must have an approved internship that will provide gender and women’s studies experience beyond that available in the classroom. Students produce written analyses of their work and learning under the guidance of the instructor and internship site supervisor. Variable credit, 1-9 credit hours, maximum of 9 credit hours.

GWST 4990:DIRECTED READINGS IN GENDER STUDIES
Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Examines gender studies issues and topics, such as Gender and the Body, Black Feminist Theorizing, and Feminist Pedagogy. Variable credit, 1-3 credit hours, maximum of 12 credit hours.

GWST 5103: GENDER AND SEXUALITY
This course offers an interdisciplinary survey of major works and key concepts in GWST.

GWST 5300SEMINAR IN GENDER AND WOMEN'S STUDIES
This course is a topics-based graduate colloquium in Gender and Women's Studies. Potential topics include Gender and Modern War, Feminist Aesthetics, Sexuality and Space, Cold War Masculinities, and Gender and International Relations.

GWST 5990DIRECTED READINGS IN GENDER AND WOMEN’S STUDIES
Specialized readings or independent study in GWST. Variable credit, 1-3 credit hours, maximum of 6 credit hours.