Women’s and Gender Studies courses are available from a variety of disciplines. See below for recent courses offered, as well as descriptions of Women’s and Gender Studies courses and approved women’s and gender studies courses from other disciplines.

Please contact the program coordinator if you have any questions about which courses count towards the certificate and minor.

Current Course Offerings that Apply for WGS Certificate and Minor

Spring 2014 Courses
  • CJUS-P335 - Race, Gender, and Inequality in the Criminal Justice System
  • EDUC-G570 - Human Sexuality
  • FINA-A490 - Topics in Art History: Feminism and Visual Culture
  • LSTU-L210 - Workplace Discrimination/Fair Employment
  • LSTU-L290 - Topics in Labor Studies: Family Medical Leave Act
  • LSTU-L385 - Class, Race, Gender and Work
  • PSY-P460 - The Psychology of Women
  • REL-R364 - Topics in Gender and Western Religion
  • SOC-W100 - Gender Studies
  • SOC-R320 - Sexuality and Society
  • WOST-W200 - Introduction to Women’s Studies
Summer I 2014 Courses
  • LSTU-L290 - Topics in Labor Studies: Family Medical Leave Act
  • LSTU-290 - Topics in Labor Studies:  Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • SOC-R320 - Sexuality and Society
  • SOC-R220 - The Family
Summer II 2014 Courses
  • LSTU-L385 - Class, Race, Gender and Work
Fall 2014 Courses
  • LSTU-L210 - Workplace Discrimination/Fair Employment
  • LSTU-L290 - Topics in Labor Studies: Sexual Harassment
  • LSTU-L290 - Topics in Labor Studies: Family Medical Leave Act
  • LSTU-L385 - Class, Race, Gender and Work
  • PSY-B388 - Human Sexuality
  • SOC-S301 - Topics in Gender
  • SOC-S416 - The Family

WOST Course Descriptions

W200 Women in Contemporary American Society (3 cr.)
Interdisciplinary approach to core discipline areas and to methodological and bibliographical tools required for research in women’s studies. Roles and images of women in contemporary American society based on historical, social, political background. Will not count toward the social science distributional requirement.

W400 Selected Topics in Women’s Studies (Senior Seminar) (3 cr.)
Readings and discussion of selected topics, with an interdisciplinary focus; research paper required.

W495 Readings and Research in Women’s Studies (1-3 cr., 6 cr. max.)
Individual readings and research. May be repeated twice for credit with a different topic.

Course Descriptions from Other Disciplines

CJUS–P 335 Race, Gender, and Inequality in the Criminal Justice System
This course is designed to examine the influence of gendered and race relations impacts on crime and justice.

ENG–L 207 Women and Literature
Issues and approaches to critical study of women writers and treatment in British and American literature.

ENG–L 378 Studies in Women and Literature
British and American authors, such as George Eliot, Gertrude Stein; groups of authors, such as the Brontë sisters, recent women poets; or genres and modes, such as autobiography, film, criticism. Topics will vary from semester to semester.

FINA–A 270 Women in the History of Art
Women artists from the Renaissance through modern times and the problems affecting women artists during these periods.

HIST–A 260 Early American Women’s History
An examination of the economic, family and political roles of colonial, slave, immigrant and frontier women in early North American history to 1880.

HIST–A 261 Modern American Women’s History
Surveys the diversity of women’s experiences in modern United States history. An examination of women’s changing roles in working class and middle class families, the effect of industrialization on women’s economic activities and status, and women’s involvement in political and social struggles, including those for women’s rights, birth control, and civil rights.

HIST–H 231 Women, Men and Family in History
The course will examine changes in relationships within the family and the changing role of the family in society. Changes in gender roles will be highlighted. Among the topics to be discussed are courtship, marriage, inheritance, child-bearing, child labor, the origins of family limitation and birth control, and the effects of other institutions on the family. This course can be authorized for a variable course title so that different regions of the world can be specified, such as: "Women, Men and Family History: Latin America," or “Women, Men and Family in History: Asia."

LSTU - L385 Class, Race, Gender, and Work
This course provides a historical overview of the impact and interplay of class, race, and gender on shaping U.S. labor markets, organizations, and policies. It examines union responses and strategies for addressing class, race, and gender issues.

PHIL - P394 Feminist Philosophy
A study of one or more philosophical topics in feminist thought. Examples: feminist ethics; feminist critiques of science; and feminist perspectives on motherhood, sexuality, and reproductive technology.

POLS–Y 324 Women and Politics
Analysis of women in contemporary political systems, domestic or foreign, with emphasis on political roles, participation, and public policy. Normative and/or empirical examination of how political systems affect women and the impact women have on the system(s).

PSY–P 460 Women: A Psychological Perspective
Basic data and theories about the development and maintenance of sex differences in behavior and personality.

SOC–S 304 Global Issues in Gender
This course will provide a general introduction to social issues from around the world with a focus on gender.

SOC–S 310 Sociology of Women in America
A brief survey of the history of women’s changing role in America, with particular emphasis on women’s legal status in this century, persistence of occupational segregation, the organization and growth of the women’s rights movement since 1960, the impact of these changes on the nuclear family, and the female self-image.

SOC–S 338 Sociology of Gender Roles
Exploration of the properties, correlates, and consequences of sex-gender systems in contemporary societies. Emphasis on defining sex-gender systems; tracing their historical development; considering their implications for work, marriage, and fertility, with cross-cultural comparisons.

SOC–S 413 Gender and Society
Explores several theories of sex inequality in order to understand the bases of female-male inequality in American society; examines the extent of sex inequality in several institutional sectors; and considers personal and institutional barriers women face, including those resulting from socialization, discrimination, and other structural arrangements.

SOC–S 416 The Family
The family as a social institution, changing family folkways, the family in relation to development of personality of its members, disorganization of the family, and predicting success and failure in marriage.

SOC–S 423 Sexual Patterns and Variations
Sociological examination of patterns and variations in several dimensions of human sexuality. Emphasis will be placed on sexual nonconformity (homosexuality, premarital relations, etc.).

SPCH–S 308 Family Communication
This course is designed to critically examine the communication process that comprise and define families. Students will be exposed to numerous perspectives taken by contemporary family communication scholars. Students will learn how to apply diverse family theories and research.

SPCH–S 450 Gender and Communication
Exploration of the communication between males and females from psychological, social, and cultural perspectives. Emphasizes interpersonal interaction between males and females in friendship and romantic contexts as well as educational, organizational, and mediated contexts.

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