GWST Minor Requirements


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A total of 15 hours is required. There are two required Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies (GWST) courses:

GWST 2113: (S) Transnational Women’s Studies. 3 credits. 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 ability.    

[or]     GWST 2123: (D, H) Introduction to Gender Studies. 3 credits. Introduction to critical thinking about the construction of gender and the intersections of gender with race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality. Basic methods of studying gender from an interdisciplinary humanities perspective. 

[and]

GWST 4113: Feminist Theories. 3 credits. Prerequisite(s): 2113 or 2123 or consent of instructor. Examines the different types of feminist theories and the role theory plays in the production of knowledge. A variety of feminist theories will be considered from an interdisciplinary perspective.

[or]     GWST 4503: Theorizing Men and Masculinities. 3 credits. Examines the role of men in various cultural contexts, the historical development of manhood as an ideal, and theories of masculinities.

Also required are 6 hours from classes focusing on gender and women (including but not limited to)

GWST 3450: Topics in Gender Studies. 3 credits, max 12. Prerequisite(s): 2113 or 2123 or permission of instructor. Topics vary each term. Examples include Women and Health; Gender and Science; Motherhood; Gendered Violence; Women’s Experimental Autobiographies; Women and World Religions; Gendered Foodways.

GWST 3513: (D) Theorizing Sexualities. 3 credits. Prerequisite(s): 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: (D) LGBTQ Lives in the United States. 3 credits. Introduction to the study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer+ (LGBTQ+) experiences, representations, cultural practices, and resistance to oppression in the contemporary United States.

GWST 3613: (D) Race and Reproduction in the U.S. 3 credits. Prerequisite(s): 2113 or 2123 recommended. An interdisciplinary examination of the inextricable relationship between race relations and reproductive politics. Issues explored include malthusianism, sterilization abuse, criminalizing pregnancy, natalism and nationalism, eugenics, the role of women of color in campaigns for reproductive justice, and representations of motherhood.

GWST 3713: (D) Gender and Representation. 3 credits. 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.

GWST 4013: Approaches to Feminist Research. 3 credits. Prerequisite(s): 2113 or 2123 or consent of instructor. 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 4333: (D) History of Sexuality in the United States. 3 credits. This course examines 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. Same course as HIST 4333.

GWST 4503: Theorizing Men and Masculinities. 3 credits. Prerequisite(s): 4113 or permission of instructor. 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. 3 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): 2113 or 2123 or permission of instructor. 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.

GWST 4890: Internship in Gender and Women’s Studies. 1-9 credits. Prerequisite(s): 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.

GWST 4990: Directed Readings in Gender Studies. 1-3 credits, max 12. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Examines gender studies issues and topics.

AFAM 3950: Special Topics in Africana Studies. 3 credits. Particular topics to illustrate the use of interdisciplinary methods in Africana Studies. Topics might include: social issues, women’s art and culture, popular culture, class, transnational or comparative approaches, gender, economics.

AMST 4553: (D, H) Gender in America. 3 credits. Cultural, societal, and political reflections of American men and women from the colonial era to the present. Examination of the women’s movements and their opponents. Exploration of changing notions of masculinity and femininity. Same course as HIST 4553.

ART 4693: Gender and Visual Culture. 3 credits. Explores themes and issues surrounding gender in relation to art history and visual culture more broadly. Topics may include artists and creators, sexuality, the body, eroticism, historicizing gender, feminism, and feminist theory, etc.

ENGL 3153: (D, H) Readings in Literature by Women. 3 credits. The collection of literature written by women in England and America, classical and modern figures.

HIST 4333: (D) History of Sexuality in the United States. 3 credits. This course examines 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. Same course as GWST 4333.

HIST 3443: (H) Gender Relations in Chinese History. 3 credits. Men’s and women’s social, cultural, religious, political, economic, family, and sexual experiences in Chinese history; particularly women’s own voices and efforts in pursuing their own goals and aspirations.

HIST 4413: (H) Sex and Gender in the Medieval World. 3 credits. Historical attitudes toward sex and gender history in medieval Europe. Interdisciplinary approach also including cultural, social, economic, and religious history.

HIST 4553: (D) Gender in America. 3 credits. Cultural, societal and political reflections of American men and women from the colonial era to the present. Examination of the women’s movements and their opponents. Exploration of changing notions of masculinity and femininity. Same course as AMST 4553.

HONR 3053: (D, H) Biology, Race, and Gender. 3 credits. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing and Honors College participation. Critical interdisciplinary investigation of relationships between biological theory (especially Darwinism) and social and ethical issues. Attention to views of alleged biological aspects of perceived racial and gender differences and attempts to implement these views socially, legally, and medically in the United States and elsewhere.

POLS 4693: Gender and Politics. 3 credits. Changing role of women in government and politics. Voting behavior, public opinion, women in government, and the women’s movement.

PSYC 4123: (D, S) Psychology of Women. 3 credits. Prerequisite(s): 1113. Sex differences and the development of sex role behavior. Encompasses the psychological dynamics of developmental and social issues for women.

SOC 4043: (D, S) Gender and Work. 3 credits. Prerequisite(s): One upper division course.   Consideration of unpaid, paid and volunteer work and gender differences.  Linkages between economy, work, and family with examples from United States and less developed countries.

SOC 4213: (S) Sociology of Sexualities. 3 credits. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or consent of instructor. Sociological aspects of sexual behavior, attitudes and beliefs of systems in society.

SOC 4643: (S) Sociology of Gender. 3 credits. Explores the social organization of gender from diverse theoretical and empirical perspectives using a global experience.

SOC 4653: (I, S) Gender and the Middle East. An overview of gender-related issues in the Middle East and North African countries is provided to bridge cultures and build understanding. Specific attention is given to issues of women and how they are connected to changes in culture, economics, politics and society.

 

And 3 hours from classes that appear in the list above or in the list below that complement gender and women's studies (including but not limited to) (additional special topics courses might be approved).

AMST 3423: (H) American Popular Culture. 3 hours. Emergence and development of American Popular culture forms, rituals, and consumerism. Parades and festival; circuses; minstrelsy; motion pictures; popular music; sports; comic books; the Internet and cyberspace. Specific attention to issues of race, class and gender.

AMST 3473: (D) Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in American Film. A survey of race, gender, and ethnicity as they have been represented in American films. Same course as ENGL 3473.

AMST 3653: (D, H) The Body in American Culture. 3 credits. The body and its impact on American culture examined through a survey of diverse cultural productions and social practices. Examine the intersections of ideas of embodiment with discourse of race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and nationalism.

AMST 3823: (D, H) U.S. as Business Culture. 3 credits. Examines American bsuiness in relation to political, social, and cultural phenomena, emphasizing the implications of business for race, class, gender, and nation. Themes considered may include business literature, advertising, film, documentary, and other forms of popular and visual culture. The course examines changes in business and business culture over time, and offers students opportunities to synthesize sources that are not usually considered together.

AMST 3950: (D, H) Special Topics in American Studies. 3 credits, max 6. Special topics in American culture and society with emphasis on race, class, gender, sexuality, and other forms of diversity. Topics will vary, but all courses will emphasize both historical and contemporary examples and include analytical research and writing.

ART 4613: Art Since 1960. 3 credits. Prerequisite(s): ART 1513. Art and art theory from 1960 to the present. Major trends of Minimalism, Pop Art, Photo Realism, Performance, and Conceptual Art. Theories and intellectual bases of each movement as well as major critical responses.

BIOL 3233: Human Reproduction. 3 credits. Prerequisite(s): BIOL 1114 or consent of instructor. Overview of human reproduction, including conception, pregnancy, childbirth, sexual maturation, and parental investment in offspring. Draws from multiple fields such as genetics, anatomy and physiology, developmental biology and evolutionary theory.

EEE 3033: Women and Minority Entrepreneurship. 3 credits. The course covers race, gender, and ethnicity as factors that impact entrepreneurship. Students look at the theoretical underpinnings of minority and women’s entrepreneurship and their opportunities, challenges, and strategies when creating ventures.

HIST 3683: (D, H) United States History Since 1945. 3 credits. The political, social, and cultural history of the United States since World War II. The Cold War, McCarthyism, 1950s ideals of the nuclear family, the civil rights and other social movements, the Vietnam War, Watergate, the Reagan years and globalization.

HIST 3913: (H) History of Medicine. 3 credits. Historical growth of medicine and its relationship to the society in which it develops. Scientific problems, cultural, religious and medicine.

HONR 2073: (D, H) The Story of Lizzie Borden: Axe Murder in American Culture. 3 credits. Prerequisite(s): Honors College participation. In 1892, Lizzie Borden was accused of killing her father and stepmother with an axe. She was eventually acquitted, but her story had captured the American cultural imagination. This course examines representations of the Lizzie Borden story in news reports, true crime, short fiction, poems, novels, plays, a ballet, and multiple films, exploring how changing concepts of gender shape the way in which the story is told in different media and in different moments in American history.

MGMT 4213: (D) Managing Diversity in the Workplace. 3 credits. The American workforce is becoming increasingly more diverse. Successful leaders need to be able to interact with a wide-range of individuals. In this class, students will examine how managers build a successful organization by embracing diversity.

PHIL 3813: (H) American Philosophy. 3 credits. Dominant trends in American philosophy during the last 100 years, with emphasis on pragmatism.

PHIL 3833: (H) Biomedical Ethics. 3 credits. Moral problems brought about by recent developments in scientific research and medical technology. Abortion, euthanasia, genetic engineering, and human experimentation.

POLS 4963: Women in Politics. 3 credits. Prerequisite(s): POLS 2023 or POLS 3983 recommended. Changing role of women in government and politics. Voting behavior, public opinion, women in government, and the women’s movement.

PSYC 2593: Psychology of Human Sexuality. 3 credits. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 1113. Survey of behavioral, personality, and psychophysiological components of human sexuality, with special emphasis on the delineation of facts from sexual myths.

SOC 4153: Sociology of Health and Illness. 3 credits. Critically analyzes the social production of disease and illness in modern society from a sociological perspective. Examines the social organization of Medicare care, including critical issues affecting healthcare and health insurance in the United States. Focuses on the meanings and experiences of illness, as well as on contemporary critical debates such as environmental and health, bioengineering, and bioethics.

SOC 4723: (S) Sociology of Families. 3 credits. The family as a social institution and relationship between family and other institutional structures and systems, including work and the economy, education, government and law, health care, and the media.

TH 3633: (D, H) Diverse American Drama. 3 credits. Survey of dramatic literature and theatre created by diverse dramatists and theatre companies in the United States. Course focus may either be a broad investigation of drama across many different identity groups or an in-depth exploration of the theatrical activity of one group of people.

GRADUATE LEVEL GWST COURSES

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GWST 5013: Approaches to Feminist Research. 3 credits. Examines the epistemologies, theoretical frameworks, and ethics of methodologies conducive to feminist analysis. This course prepares students to conceptualize and undertake their own research projects.

GWST 5103: Gender and Sexuality. 3 credits. This course offers an interdisciplinary survey of major works and key concepts in the field of Gender and Women's Studies.

GWST 5113: Feminist Theory. 3 credits. Examines diverse feminist theories and their role in the production of knowledge. A variety of contemporary feminist theories will be considered from an interdisciplinary perspective.

GWST 5300: Seminar in Gender and Women’s Studies. 1-3 credits, max 9. This course will offer a topics-based graduate colloquium in the interdisciplinary and international field of 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 5503: Theorizing Men and Masculinities. 3 credits. Examines the roles of men in various cultural contexts, the historical development of manhood as an ideal, and theories of masculinities.

GWST 5950: Special Topics in Global Feminism. 3 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): GWST 2113 or GWST 2123 or permission of instructor. 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.

GWST 5990: Directed Readings in Gender and Women’s Studies. 1-3 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor. Specialized readings or independent study in GWST.

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