Feb 23, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalogue 
2019-2020 Catalogue

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, B.A.

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Ahmet Atay, Chair
Natasha Bissonauth
Christa Craven

The WGSS curriculum is based in feminist scholarship-both within traditional disciplines across the academic divisions and in response to questions that cannot be answered within the framework of a single discipline. To foster this interdisciplinary inquiry, the Women’s Studies Program was established in 1978 and has been built upon the feminist teaching, scholarship, and activism of faculty and students with a wide variety of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives. In the past few decades, the program has grown and evolved, changing its name to the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program in 2008 to recognize important changes within feminist scholarship.

Acknowledging this important history, WGSS courses retain Women’s Studies’ focus on examining previously unavailable information about the lives and con - tributions of women and analyzing the effects of cultural attitudes, power and inequality, and social structures on the experiences of women as they intersect with race, nation, ability, class, religion, and other axes of difference. In addition, feminist scholarship has recognized and explored commonalities between women’s oppression and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other sexual minorities worldwide, as well as the varied experiences of masculinity throughout the globe. In this vein, WGSS courses explore the cultural construction of sex, gender, and sexuality in the context of their relationship between theoretical and experiential knowledge, and privileging historically marginalized voices. WGSS encourages scholarship and teaching that is committed to the feminist principle of creating a more just world for all.

WGSS Courses

Major in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Consists of eleven courses:

Core Courses Accepted for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credit


COMM 23300. Mediated Gender, Race & Sexuality [HSS]


ENGL 21002. Black Women Writers [AH]

ENGL 21018. Sex and Gender in Restoration and 18th-Century Literature [AH]


HIST 24401. Sex and Power in Colonial America [HSS]


Special Notes

  • Majors and minors may substitute one WGSS 40000 or WGSS 40500 for one of the cross-listed courses.
  • WGSS 40500 is strongly recommended.
  • Only grades of C- or better are accepted for the major or minor.

Cross-listed Courses Accepted for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credit

Africana Studies

        AFST 20030. Fem, Gndr & Sexual Pol in Caribbean [AH, C, D, GE, HSS]

        AFST 24000. Black Wmn Amer 1619-1960SEarlyThr Civil RghtsMvmt [C, HSS]

        AFST 24100. Black Women in Contemporary Society [C, HSS, D]

        AFST 24800. Africana Women’s Theatre in 21st Century [AH, C, D]



Art and Art History

ARTH    21400.  Nineteenth Century Art [AH, W]

ARTH    21600.  Gender and Modern Art [AH]



           CHIN    22200.  Women in Chinese Literature [AH, C]



            COMM  23300.  Mediated Gender, Race, and Sexuality [HSS, D]

            COMM  35005.  Surveillance of Difference


             ECON   24500.  Economics of Gender [HSS]


             ENGL   12027.  LLC: Memory & Gender in Caribbean Lit.

             ENGL   21002.  Black Women Writers [AH]

             ENGL   21004.  Empire Boys (pre 1900) [AH]

             ENGL   21018.  Sex & Gender in Restoration & 18 Century [AH]

             ENGL   21025. Shakespeare to Wilde [AH]

             ENGL   21031.  Queering Caribbean Literature [AH]

             ENGL   22011.  James Baldwin & Toni Morrison [AH]

             ENGL   24018.  Fidelity and Betrayal [AH]

             ENGL   29901.  Serials and Social Justice/ Digital Age [AH, C]


             GRMN  22700.  German Literature in Translation [AH, C]

             GRMN  22800.  Studies in German Society & Culture [AH, C]


              HIST   10100.  Introducing Religion [HSS, AH, R]

              HIST   10183.  Family in Chinese History [C, HSS]

              HIST   10191.  Intro: History of Sexualities [C, HSS, D]

    HIST   201xx.  The Craft of History [HSS, W]

              HIST   20102.  History of Education in the U.S. [HSS, W]

              HIST   20115.  Body in Chinese Tradition [C, HSS, W]

              HIST   24400.  Early American Social History

              HIST   24401.  Sex and Power in Colonial America [HSS]

              HIST   27514.  LGBTQ in 20th C America [C, HSS, D]

              HIST   30151.  The Body and Chinese Nation [C, HSS]

              HIST   30152.  Beyond Harriet Tubman [HSS]


              MUSC   21900.  Women in Music [AH, C]


               PHIL    21200.  Race, Gender, and Justice [AH, C, D, SJ]

Physical Education

    PHED   20000. Women in Sport

Political Science

              PSCI    21000.  Women, Power, Politics [C, HSS, D]

              PSCI    24730.  Sex and War [C, HSS]


              PSYC   21500.  Psychology of Women & Gender [HSS]

Religious Studies

              RELS   22200.  Islam [AH, C, R]

              RELS   26732.  Race, Gender, Class - Interpretation [AH, C, R]

              RELS   26937.  Religion, Race, Gender, Class in America [R]

Russian Studies

              RUSS   25000.  Russ Lit. the Age of Dostevsky/Tolstoy [AH, C, W]

              RUSS   29901.  Putin and New Gender Order [AH, C, D, GE]

Sociology and Anthropology

               ANTH  29901.  Gbl Politics of Reproduction [HSS]

    SOCI   20700. Sociology of Gender [D, HSS]


              SPAN   30900.  Trends in Spanish American Literature [AH, C]

Theatre & Dance

              THTD   24500.  Feminism and Theatre [AH, C, D]

              THTD   30301.  Theatre for Social Change [AH, D, SJ]

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