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Women’s and Gender Studies Courses (WGS)

GE Core denotes General Education Core credit;
GE Marker
denotes General Education Marker credit;
CAR denotes College Additional Requirement credit.

These courses were formerly listed with the prefix of WMS.

Courses for Undergraduates

250 An Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (3:3)

GE Core: GSB

An interdisciplinary introduction to the study of gender through images, roles, and status in U.S. history and culture. Special attention given to developing critical frameworks for understanding gender in society.

270 Sexuality and Culture (3:3)

An introduction to the academic study of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex histories, experiences, and cultures. (Alt Years)

333 Gendered Worlds (3:3)

GE Core: GHP

GE Marker: GN


Pr. WGS 250 or permission of instructor

Explores social problems, movements, and change related to gender in specific cultural, historical, political contexts. Advances a questioning of one's position in gendered relations of power in a constantly changing world.

350 Introduction to Feminist Theories (3:3)

GE Core: GPR

Pr. WGS 250

Explores and evaluates feminist theories in a socio-historical context. Raises questions about their implications for different methods of inquiry and about the nature of knowledge and rational thought.

400 Independent Study (1–3)

Pr. permission of sponsoring instructor

May be repeated once for credit.

Intensive independent study of specialized topics.

450 Topics, Seminar in Women’s and Gender Studies (3:3)

May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

An in-depth study of a selected topic or topics in Women’s and Gender Studies involving directed reading and research. Category credit varies.

460 Internship in Women’s and Gender Studies (3:0.5:9)

Pr. WGS 250, plus 6 additional hours in WGS; 6 hours in core courses in major, if other than WGS.

For Women’s & Gender Studies majors and minors only.

Practical experience in a variety of professional settings. Includes bi-weekly seminar with internship coordinator. Students complete at least 7–10 hours a week at internship sites.

490 Women’s and Gender Studies Senior Capstone Course (3:3)

Pr. majors and minors only

Writing Intensive (WI) and Speaking Intensive (SI).

Required capstone course in Women’s and Gender Studies. Each student will design and present a culminating project, and will complete and review their portfolio developed from their WGS courses. (Spring)

493 Honors Work (3–6)

Pr. permission of instructor; 3.30 GPA in the major, 12 s.h. in the major

May be repeated for credit if the topic of study changes.


Courses for Advanced Undergraduates & Graduate Students

540 Social Entrepreneurship: Justice and a Green Environment (3:3)

Pr. upper division undergraduate or graduate student status

Interdisciplinary course in social entrepreneurship. Exploration of models for designing and implementing entrepreneurial projects that respond to social, economic, environmental, and justice issues. Introduction to direct action and evaluation. (Same as BUS 540, CST 540, ENT 540, SWK 540)

589 Experimental Course: Social Entrepreneurship and Feminist Praxis (3:3)

Examines feminist theory and practice as used by activists as social entrepreneurs. Students define their own sense of activism, and engage in a process that puts activist dialogue into action. (Offered summer '08)

Please refer to The Graduate School Bulletin for additional graduate-level courses.