Gender & Sexuality Studies Graduate Minor

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*Requirements for the Gender & Sexuality Studies graduate minor can now be completed online*

**Please Note: We are in the process of changing our course prefixes from WS to GENS**

 

Required Core Course for Master’s and Doctoral minor candidates:

WS471/571 Seminar in Feminist Theory (3 credits-Taught Each Fall Semester)

 

For a Master’s Degree minor candidate:

6 additional credit hours from upper level Gender & Sexuality Studies courses or courses cross-listed with Women’s Studies and other departments/programs are required.

(9 credit hours total)

 

For a Doctoral Degree minor candidate:

9 additional credit hours from upper level Gender & Sexuality Studies courses or courses cross-listed with Women’s Studies and other departments/programs are required.

(12 credit hours total)

 

List of Approved Graduate Courses:

W S 450 Special Topics

The topic of course will vary and will be indicated by subtitle. May be cross-listed with relevant courses at the 400-level from any specific department. May be repeated under different subtitle(s). 3cr.

W S 451 Women’s Studies Practicum

Supervised field work in community setting relating to women. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. 3cr.

W S 453 Women and Politics

Crosslisted with: GOVT 353. 3cr.

W S 454 Women Crossing Borders

Experiences of women who cross class, race, cultural, national, or sexual borders including theories regarding women’s Interactions across borders. Emphasis will vary with professor and discipline. 3cr.

W S 455 Feminist Research Methods

Feminist research practices and methodologies utilized in various disciplines. Definitions of research, what constitutes valid inquiry, how research can be feminist, and what it means to do interdisciplinary work. 3cr.

W S 459 Advanced Issues in Sex and Gender

Same as SOC 459. 3cr.

W S 461 Women s Studies: Independent Study

Individual study of selected topic and writing of research paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. 3cr.

W S 463 Communication and Gender

Same as COMM 463. 3cr.

W S 465 Sex, Gender and the Body

Examines forces at work in defining and differentiating gender, race, sexuality. How ideas about what is ‘natural’ and ‘normal’ for men and women shifted over time. Considers different discourses shaping embodied experiences and categories of identity. Prerequisite(s): None. 3cr.

W S 468 Global Sexualities

Generates a global context to focus on sexual identity and orientation, sexual identity politics, romantic relationships, patterns of sexual behavior, sexual regulation and the impact of different cultures on individual sexualities. Taught with WS 568. Crosslisted with: SOC 468. 3cr.

W S 469 Gender and Sexuality in Hispanic Film

The study of gender and sexual orientation issues in relation to identity as portrayed in Hispanic cinema. Taught in Spanish but assignments accepted in English. Crosslisted with: SPAN 469. 3cr.

W S 471 Seminar in Feminist Theory

Current feminist theory. Topic changes by semester. Course subtitled in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: None. 3cr.

W S 474 Gender in East Asian History

Same as HIST 474. 3cr.

W S 481 Hate Crimes and Hate Groups

Explores the phenomenon of hate-motivated violence. Examines the hate crime laws, organized hate groups and social theories attempting to explain violent hate. 3cr.

W S 482 Gender and Popular Culture

Intensive study of the representations of gender in popular culture. Examines the historical, aesthetic, and cultural contexts of these representation and the various critical and theoretical lenses we use to understand them.Repeatable under different subtitles. Crosslisted with: ENGL 482. 3cr.

W S 484 Women’s Literature

Intensive study of literature by women, in particular historical, aesthetic, cultural, or intellectual contexts. Repeatable under different subtitles. Crosslisted with: ENGL 481. 3cr.

W S 485 Sex Crimes

Dynamics of sex crimes for victims and offenders; plus consideration of the legal correction systems’ response to sex crimes. Same as C J 485. 3cr.

W S 501 Advanced Women & Immigration

Advanced exploration of experiences of women immigrants as gender, race and class became increasingly important aspects of US immigration policies in the early 19th century. Explores role of gender in today’s immigration experience. 3cr.

W S 502 Advanced Transnational Feminisms

Advanced analysis of dimensions of gender, race, class, and sexuality in conjunction with nationalisms, anti-capitalist struggles, religious fundamentalism, militarism, globalization, eco-critique, and the politics of resistance and social movements. 3cr.

W S 503 Advanced Gender & Horror

Advanced analysis of anxieties and crises through the genre of horror as they relate to issues of gender, sexuality, feminism, and race. Traces ways horror films represent and reconfigure notions of sexuality and gender and ways they reinforce and/or challenge social norms. 3cr.

W S 504 Advanced Arab-Muslim Feminisms

Advanced study of historical and contemporary arab-muslim feminisms and homosexuality in Islam. Explores and uses critical feminist theories, language, and methods to counter interlocking discourses of Islamophobia, gendering, and homophobia affecting arab-muslim women. 3cr.

W S 505 Advanced Alternative Genders and Sexualities

Advanced study of the academic fields of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) and Queer Studies. Examines academic texts as well as literature and film from different historical moments and social/ global sites. 3 cr.

W S 520 Advanced Girls, Women & Crime

Advanced critical social science analysis of concepts of violence and justice as experienced by women impacted by the criminal justice system. Crosslisted with: C J 520. 3 cr.

W S 522 Graduate Study in a Literary Form or Genre

Same as ENGL 522. 3 cr.

W S 533 Advanced Issues in Women, Gender, and Culture

Same as ANTH 533. 3cr.

W S 545 Advanced Victimology

Study of the risk factors in crime victimization, the impact of crimes upon victims, and the role of the victim in the criminal justice system, consideration of the impact of criminal justice policy on victim outcomes. Same as CJ 545. 3 cr.

W S 550 Special Topics

The topic of course will vary and will be indicated by subtitle. May be cross-listed with relevant courses at the 500-level from any specific department. May be repeated under different subtitle(s). 3 cr.

W S 551 Graduate Practicum in Women’s Studies

Supervised field work in community setting relating to women. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. 3 cr.

W S 554 Advanced Issues in Women Crossing Borders

Experiences of women who cross class, race, cultural, national, or sexual borders including theories regarding women’s interactions across borders. 3 cr.

W S 555 Advanced Feminist Research Methods

Advanced feminist research practices and methodologies utilized in various disciplines. Definitions of research, what constitutes valid inquiry, how research can be feminist, and what it means to do interdisciplinary work. 3 cr.

W S 561 Independent Graduate Research in Women’s Studies

Individual study of selected topics and writing of a research paper. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Graded S/U. 3 cr.

W S 565 Advanced Sex, Gender & the Body

Advanced examination of forces at work in defining and differentiating gender, race, sexuality. How ideas about what is ‘natural’ and ‘normal’ for men and women shifted over time. Considers different discourses shaping embodied experiences and categories of identity. 3 cr.

W S 567 Global Sexualities

Generates a global context to focus on sexual identity and orientation, sexual identity politics, romantic relationships, patterns of sexual behavior, sexual regulation and the impact of different cultures on individual sexualities. Taught with WS 468. Crosslisted with: SOC 568. 3 cr.

W S 569 Gender and Sexuality in Hispanic Film

The study of gender and sexual orientation issues in relation to identity as portrayed inHispanic cinema. Taught in Spanish but assignments are accepted in English. Crosslisted with: SPAN 569. 3 cr.

W S 571 Advanced Seminar in Feminist Theory

Current feminist theory. Topic changes by semester. Course subtitled in the Schedule of Classes. 3 cr.

W S 574 Gender in East Asian History

Same as HIST 474 with differentiated assignments for graduate students. Required for graduate credit. 3 cr.

W S 582 Gender and Popular Culture

Intensive study of the representations of gender in popular culture. Examines the historical, aesthetic, and cultural contexts of these representation and the various critical and theoretical lenses we use to understand them. Repeatable under different subtitles. Crosslisted with: ENGL 582. 3 cr.

W S 584 Women’s Literature

Intensive study of literature by women, in particular historical, aesthetic, cultural, or intellectual contexts. Repeatable under different subtitles. Crosslisted with: ENGL 581. 3 cr.