Courses in the Curriculum 

WGS 200: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
Section 0001 | Jessica Davidson | MWF 1:25-2:15pm
Section 0002 | Melissa Aleman | M 2:30-5:00pm

Cross disciplinary introduction to theories and scholarship in Women’s and Gender Studies. Examines the social construction of gender, how gender affects access to opportunity, and the experiences and contributions of women. Provides a foundation for subsequent work in the Women’s and Gender Studies minor.

WGS 300: Special Topics: Africana Women and/in the Media
Section 0001 | Brillian Muhonja | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

The course will examine the positioning and representation of women of global Africa in the media in the USA. Images of Africana women that emerge and their accuracy in representing this demographic group will be analyzed. The course will investigate forces that have contributed to identified representations including time, the transitioning narrative of “the African American,” and politics. Through an exploration of the concept of media literacy, students will take on the roles of informed media consumers and critics. Further, the discussions will seek to discover how much the media contributes to the world view and commonly held stereotypes about women of African descent in the USA and globally. Issues relating to the women’s empowerment movement from an intersectional perspective will be an integral part of the class discourse as we navigate the world of movies, TV, magazine and other forms of advertising, electronic, digital, print and new media. Meets with/equivalent to AFST 400-0001.

WGS 337: Sociology of Gender
Section 0001 | Matt Ezzell | TuTh 3:30-4:45pm

Examination of theories of sex role development, the roles of men and women in society and gender as a social construction. Cross-listed with SOCI 337.

WGS 341: Gender and Justice
Section 0001 | Sue Spivey | Tuesdays 2:00-4:30pm

This course is an interdisciplinary examination of the causes, structure and consequences of gender oppression. Consistent with the social justice track of the major, notions of fairness, justice and equality with respect to gendered social, political and economic relations will be examined. Cross-listed with JUST 341.

WGS 350: The Philosophy of Feminism
Section 0001 | Pia Antolic-Piper | TuTh 2:00-3:15pm

An intermediate-level examination of philosophical problems in feminist theory and feminist contributions to philosophy. Cross-listed with PHIL 350.

WGS 370: Queer Literature
Section 0001 | Dawn Goode | TuTh 3:30-4:45pm with required films on Wednesdays 5:00-7:30pm

An exploration of texts and issues in literature written by and about gay and lesbian writers, including critical and theoretical issues as well as questions of canon. Text studied may include fiction, poetry, drama, essays and memoirs written primarily, but not exclusively, in the 20th century. Cross-listed with ENG 370.

WGS 420: Feminist Rhetoric
Section 0001 | Cathryn Molloy | MW 2:30-3:45pm 

Surveys key women figures in classical and contemporary rhetorical traditions and challenges the strategies used to historicize this tradition from feminist perspectives. Explores diverse feminist rhetorical discourses informed by race, sexual orientation, ethnicity and social class. Cross-listed with WRTC 420 and SCOM 420.

WGS 495: Special Topics in Women’s Studies
Topic: Historical and Contemporary Lives of Indigenous Women and Tribal Communities
Section 0001 | Noorie Brantmeier | W 2:30-5:00pm

In this interdisciplinary course students will have the opportunity to examine and better understand the historical and contemporary lives of Indigenous women, children, and tribal communities in the United States. This course will also provide an overview of critical issues in Indigenous communities and we will discuss tribal communities’ strengths, challenges, and their continuing struggle to assert sovereignty in the 21st century. A unique and important part of this course will be a daylong trip to Washington, DC to learn and explore at the National Museum of the American Indian. Meets with/equivalent to AHRD 570.

ENG 369: Feminist Literary Theory
Section 0001 | Mary Thompson | MW 2:30-3:45pm

An intensive study of a variety of feminist critical approaches and their applications to literature. 

HIST 320: Women in U.S. History
Section 0001 | Emily Westkaemper | MWF 1:25-2:15pm

A survey of the role of women in the United States from the Colonial period to the present. Attention is given to contributions of the ordinary women, the Women’s Rights movements, the impact of women on reform and political movements, and the changing status of women in society.

PSYC 310: The Psychology of Women and Gender
Section 0001 | Kristen Davidson | MW 2:30-3:45pm

An examination of research and theory regarding the abilities and behaviors of women and the changing roles of women. Consideration is given to biological, developmental and societal determinants of sex and gender. Prerequisite: PSYC 101 and junior-level status.

Courses that will Receive Substitute Credit

ENG 304: Feminist Perspectives on Literature and Religion
Section 0001 | AJ Morey | MWF 9:05-9:55am

American authors and their fiction about God, faith and religion in the American experience. Gender, along with race and class, will provide a focus through a variety of novels and short stories. Learning objectives:

1. Educate students about how American writers have addressed the question of religious belief in post-World War II contexts.
2. Examine how Christian belief is expressed, revised, confirmed or repudiated through story.
3. Encourage a critical literature encounter informed by feminist awareness of gender, race and class in religious story telling.
4. Practice critical reading and writing.
5. Discover a literary space for thoughtful personal reflection on values and belief.

ENG 360: Introduction to Ethnic American Literature: Latino/a Voices
Section 0001 | Alison Fagan | TuTh 12:30-1:45pm

In this course, we will compare and contrast the narratives of contemporary Latina/o writers who trace their heritage to Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Peru, Argentina, and Colombia. We will explore the differences between and within these identities, asking whether the term “Latina/o” is an appropriate collective definition. In addition to considering how race, nation, and ethnicity shape our understandings of literary Latina/o identity, we will also discuss the intersecting forces of gender, sexuality, class, and language. Though the novels, stories, and poetry in this course incorporate some Spanish, no reading knowledge of Spanish is required. **Course will count for WGS substitute credit if final project focuses on gender.

MSCI 350: American Women at War
Section 0001 | Amelia Underwood | M 5:40-7:40pm

This course examines the contributions and experiences of American women who have served in times of war to include the American Revolution, the U.S. Civil War, World War I and II, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf Wars and the present day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.


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