There are two ways for classes to count for WGSS credit:

1. Courses that are not in the official WGSS curriculum can still be counted for WGSS credit by using course directives.

If you are teaching a course that is not in the curriculum, it can still be approved to count for WGSS credit (and advertised to WGSS minors). Approval is based on the instructor’s qualifications, the amount of gender/sexuality content in the course, and opportunities afforded to students to focus assignments on gender/sexuality. For more information or to propose a course for WGSS credit, contact the WGSS coordinator. 

2. Propose a cross-listing

A course that is established (or in the process of being established) in an academic unit may be cross-listed with WGSS when approved by the instructor, the AUH, and the WGSS Coordinator. Cross-listing creates a new WGSS catalog number to correspond with the home unit’s number (for example, ENG/WGSS 368). For more information about this process, contact the WGSS Coordinator.

Can I propose a special topics WGSS course?

Yes! WGSS 300 is a special topics course whose content varies. Previous topics have included Marriage Equality; Feminist Zines; Gender, Art and the Body Politic; and Sexuality, Power and Violence. To propose a new topic for this course, submit a draft syllabus (including primary and secondary sources) and your C.V. to the WGSS Coordinator for review by the WGSS Advisory Board.

Can I teach WGSS 200 “Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies”?

Yes! WGSS 200 is taught by an interdisciplinary faculty—including some who had not taught it prior to working at JMU—from across CAL and other colleges. Tenure-track faculty who are interested in teaching the course will need permission from their AUHs. For more information, contact the WGSS Coordinator.

Questions? Please email the program coordinator.

Back to Top