Introduction to Women's Studies (D) (3)
Introduction to the study of women as a diverse social group with a history, culture, and experience of their own, and to the study of gender as a category of social, cultural, and economic organization. An interdisciplinary and cross-cultural approach to incorporating race, class, and ethnicity as well as gender analysis. Emphasis on contemporary issues pertaining to women, including feminism and antifeminism, work, sexuality, family relations, reproduction, and politics.
Introduction to Contemporary Gender Issues (CRC, DIV) (3)
course is intended for lower-division students as an introduction to
contemporary gender issues both nationally and globally. Students will examine
gender issues such as masculinity, feminism, transgender identity, LGBTQ issues
in current culture and related to topics such as health, education, trade,
work, sexual identity, politics, and the environment.
Gender, Health, and the Environment (DIV) (3)
multidisciplinary course gives students an introductory look into the key
debates and theoretical approaches in understanding environmental concerns from
a gender and justice perspective. We will survey key
environmental topics such as water justice, natural disasters, climate change,
toxic chemical exposure, superfund sites, and energy development from a feminist
and/or queer theory perspective with the goal of assessing who is most at risk.
Specifically, we will discuss how gender, class, race, and power mediate human
and environmental interactions and what this means for human health and
well-being. Particular attention will be paid to how environmental destruction
and contamination impacts the lives of women and how and why women have been at
the forefront of the environmental justice movement. Course materials will
include academic and activist texts, film, and photography.
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Queer Studies (DIV) (3)
introductory course will use historical and literary texts and film to explore lesbian,
gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer (LGBTQ) history and experience from the
1950s to the present. Topics will include life during the cold war, gay
liberation and LGBTQ activism, transgender liberation, contemporary family life,
and current issues.
Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (3,3,3)
A lower-division course on a specially selected topic.
Sexual Identity and American Popular Culture (WRI, AAI, DIV) (3)
Designed to teach students how to think
critically about popular culture and to achieve a certain level of cultural
literacy by examining both critical essays and primary texts of popular or mass
culture productions such as advertising, television, music videos, popular
music, and film.
Queer Crime (DIV) (3)
course focuses on queer crime and punishment in America. It examines nonfictional accounts of queer--lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender--criminality as well as policing and punishment of these queer identities. With
a focus on gender identity and sexuality, it examines myth, misunderstanding,
and prejudices of queer identities, the criminalization of queer behavior, and
marginalization of queer offenders by the criminal justice system. Materials
include actual case studies, law, scholarly literature, and documentary film.
Gender and Sexuality in Crime Thrillers (DIV) (3)
Examines gender and sexuality within the context of Hollywood cinematic crime
thrillers known as film noir and neo-noir. By focusing on male and female
characters in various films, we will explore how gender roles, gender
expectations, and gender stereotypes are played out on screen. We will examine
how femininity and masculinity is constructed and represented and how these
films produce meanings about the societal expectations and positions of men and
women. We will also examine how sexuality is portrayed in male and female
characters and how sexual diversity, namely homosexuality, is stereotyped.
Transgender Studies (DIV) (3)
The field of
transgender studies has emerged as a response to both increased public
awareness of gender variant individuals and an evolving discourse around gender
identity. Transgender studies pulls from diverse disciplines to create an
interdisciplinary field that explores how sex and gender intersect with
identity and culture. This course will provide an introduction to transgender
studies. It will examine historical and contemporary complexities of identity,
embodiment, language, and activism, with a focus on answering: who transgender
people are; what transgender studies is; how transgender studies differs from
other forms of scholarship; and, how various disciplines have added to our
understanding of transgender individuals and the intersections of sex and
gender. We will explore the historical, medical, political, sociological,
criminological, visual, and legal issues surrounding transgender and gender
Masculinities (D) (3)
is an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of masculinities. Moving past
the conception of gender as a fixed biological category, the course addresses
the emergence and representations of multiple masculinities in American culture
along intersections with race, class, sexuality, and other areas of difference.
It examines the ways diverse formations of masculinities function at the
individual and collective level in various domains, such as in sports, family,
relationships, subcultures, work, and other social and physical sites. It addresses
issues including the body, female and queer masculinities, maleness, boyhood,
and violence. The course is interdisciplinary and will offer various contexts
for exploring masculinities, such as academic and popular literature, film, and
Women and Work (DIV) (3)
This course explores the topic of
women as paid and unpaid workers in the United States and globally. It
considers the gender division of labor, history of women's work, and the effect
of the global economy on work for women. It also considers intersections of
gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality on women and work.
Senior Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies (DIV, ECL, XPL) (3)
Examine and discuss gender and sexuality as categories that intersect with other relations
of power and difference, such as race and class. Locate, evaluate, and analyze
information in more than one discipline using gender and sexuality as
analytical categories and use findings to advocate orally, digitally, and in
writing. Work independently and collectively in creative works, research, or
problem solving in the interdisciplinary field of women, gender, and sexuality.
Prerequisite: Any 15 credits in approved women's and gender studies minor program or permission of instructor(s).
Study Abroad (BA,BA)
Experiential and service learning/study trip to various
cities outside of the United States. Students will participate in community
service and engage in applied research topics relevant to gender and sexuality.
Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies (3,3,3)
An upper-division course on a specially selected topic.
Independent Study in Women's and Gender Studies (BA,BA)
Advanced students work individually with an instructor on a self-determined course of study.