Currently Offered Courses - Spring 2023

GWS 100 - Intro Gender & Women's Studies

Interdisciplinary introduction to the study of gender, women, and sexuality. Addresses issues such as social experience, representation and popular culture, femininities and masculinities, family structure, education, employment, economics, literature and the arts, religion, history, and technology. Explores interrelationships of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, ability, and age from a transnational perspective. Same as HDFS 140 and SOC 130.

GWS 199 - Undergraduate Open Seminar

Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.

GWS 201 - Race, Gender & Power

Presents multiple windows into perceptions and perspectives upon gender, sexuality, power, identity and culture, and their multiple intersections. The concept of race in its many manifestations is used to examine relationships of self to society, state institutions and cultures. By paying greater attention to race and power, nuanced understandings of the way the gender systems are maintained, patrolled and formed will be examined. Topics may include: film, media, technology, culture, religion, identities, sexualities. Same as SOC 201.

GWS 202 - Sexualities

Surveys sexualities from multiple perspectives, standpoints, disciplines, and theories. How have different cultures, different people, and different viewpoints understood, shaped, and interpreted sex, sexualities and genders? Course places the concept of sexuality at its core to examine citizenship, education, reproduction, science, tourism, urban/rural space, and politics. Topics may include: gender, race, identities, power, transformation, reproduction. Same as SOC 202.

GWS 215 - US Citizenship Comparatively

Same as AAS 215, AIS 295, AFRO 215, and LLS 215. See AAS 215.

GWS 218 - Intro to Social Issues Theatre

Same as THEA 218. See THEA 218.

GWS 230 - Latina/o Genders & Sexualities

Same as LLS 230. See LLS 230.

GWS 263 - History of Medicine in the United States

Same as HIST 263. See HIST 263.

GWS 280 - Women Writers

Same as ENGL 280. See ENGL 280.

GWS 282 - Feminist and Queer Activisms

From anti-lynching campaigns to Black Lives Matter, Wages for Housework to domestic worker organizing, ACT UP to queer migration politics, this course examines the history of feminist, queer, and anti-racist movements. We will pay particular attention to women of color theorists and activists, and the ways in which they develop interdisciplinary and intersectional approaches to activism and advocacy. Same as AAS 282 and LLS 282.

GWS 295 - Beginning Topics GWS

Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated in the same term to a maximum of 9 hours; may be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 12 hours.

GWS 305 - Theories of Race, Gender, and Sexuality

Same as AAS 300 and LLS 305. See AAS 300.

GWS 316 - Global Histories of Gender

Same as HIST 316. See HIST 316.

GWS 335 - Film, TV, and Gender

Examines the history and theory of film, television, and their interrelationship through one or more specific case studies. Topics may include: film and feminist movements; girl films; queer TV; gender, sport and TV. Focuses attention on gender and related issues such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, age, ability and disability, class, and nationality. Addresses issues of representation, narrative, genre, industry, audience, exhibition, media convergence, new and mobile media, and social space. Same as MACS 335.

GWS 350 - Feminist & Gender Theory

Interdisciplinary survey of feminist and gender theory. Traces developments in feminist theory and LGBT/Q approaches and explores contemporary debates.

GWS 356 - Sex & Gender in Popular Media

Same as MACS 356. See MACS 356.

GWS 357 - Literatures of the Displaced

Same as AAS 357, AIS 357, ENGL 357, and LLS 357. See LLS 357.

GWS 380 - Black Women Hist & Cultures

Interdisciplinary study of black women's multiple histories and varied cultures including black women from North America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Same as AFRO 380. Prerequisite: AFRO 100 or GWS 100 or GWS 250 or consent of instructor.

GWS 390 - Individual Study

Special topics not treated in regularly scheduled classes. Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours if topics vary. Prerequisite: One course in Gender and Women's Studies; consent of instructor.

GWS 392 - Chicanas&Latinas: Self&Society

Same as LLS 392 and SOC 392. See LLS 392.

GWS 403 - Women in Muslim Societies

Same as ANTH 403, GLBL 403, HIST 434, REL 403 and SAME 403. See REL 403.

GWS 409 - Women's Health

Same as CHLH 409. See CHLH 409.

GWS 417 - Leading Post-Perform Dialog

Same as THEA 417. See THEA 417.

GWS 418 - Devising Social Issues Theatre

Same as THEA 418. See THEA 418.

GWS 432 - Gender Communication

Same as CMN 432. See CMN 432.

GWS 442 - Body, Culture & Society

Same as KIN 442. See KIN 442.

GWS 454 - Social Work with Women

Same as SOCW 455. See SOCW 455.

GWS 464 - Theories & Theologies of Liberation

Examination of theories and theologies of liberation, from Latin American liberation theologies and Islamic feminisms and anticolonial movements to Third World liberation struggles, the Gay Liberation Front, and the Black Freedom movement. Uses an expansive feminist lens to discuss these histories, theories, and theologies in relation to issues of violence/nonviolence; religion/secularity; art and aesthetics; gender, sex, and sexuality; and power. Same as AAS 464, ANTH 464, and REL 464. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: GWS 100 or GWS 250 and GWS 350 or GWS 370; or consent of instructor.

GWS 465 - Race, Sex, and Deviance

Same as AAS 465, AFRO 465, and LLS 465. See LLS 465.

GWS 478 - Sex, Power and Politics

Examines representations of the relationship between sex, power, and subjectivity and how they have shaped feminism. Explores critical approaches to feminist analyses of women's oppression and debates about sexuality, including issues such as consent, rape and prostitution. Same as PS 413. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course in Gender and Women's Studies at the 200- and 300-level or consent of instructor.

GWS 490 - Individual Study

Supervised reading and research in Gender and Women's Studies chosen by the student with instructor approval. 2 to 4 undergraduate hours. 2 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Two courses in Gender and Women's Studies at the 200-400 levels; or junior standing; or consent of instructor.

GWS 498 - Senior Seminar

Considers the relationship between theory and research in Women's Studies. Reviews and examines the key issues of feminist scholarship. Provides students with the methodological knowledge and opportunity to carry out a research project. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. Prerequisite: Senior standing and enrollment as a major in Gender and Women's Studies, or consent of instructor.

GWS 501 - Prob in Comp Women's Hist

Same as HIST 503. See HIST 503.

GWS 512 - Gender Relations & Intl Dev

Same as SOCW 581 and WGGP 581. See WGGP 581.

GWS 580 - Queer Theories & Methods

Interdisciplinary study in queer theories and methods produced in and across various disciplines. Contemporary philosophical and theoretical developments in queer studies specific to histories of class, race, ethnicity, nation and sexuality. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

GWS 590 - Topics in GWS

May be repeated. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and previous coursework in women's or gender studies, or consent of instructor.